Jan 25

Holloran Center hosts “Prosecuting War Crimes: Revisiting the Siege of Sarajevo”

Published on: Monday, January 25, 2010

On Tuesday, March 9 the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions will host “Prosecuting War Crimes: Revisiting the Siege of Sarajevo.”  The event will take place in Terrence Murphy Hall’s Thorton Auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m.

Participants include:

·     Alex Whiting, Harvard Law professor and former Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague, The Netherlands

·     John Docherty, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota and former Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY, The Hague, The Netherlands

·     Zoran Lesic, Litigation Support Specialist, ICTY, a native of Sarajevo and professional photographer and videographer

          In 2007, Alex Whiting and John Docherty participated in the prosecution of Dragomir Milosevic, a former Bosnian Serb general, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. Milosevic had commanded the Serbian troops who had laid siege to Sarajevo in the final year of the Bosnian war in the middle 1990s. On December 12, 2007, Dragomir Milosevic was convicted of terror, murder, and inhumane acts conducted during a campaign of sniping and shelling attacks that resulted in more than one thousand civilians being killed or injured. He was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment. On November 12, 2009, following an appeal, Milosevic’s sentence was reduced to 29 years imprisonment.

          Whiting, the lead prosecution counsel, and Docherty, who was a member of the prosecution staff, will present video and photographic evidence from the trial while addressing the challenges of prosecuting criminal acts that occurred on the other side of a continent more than a decade earlier.

          Lesic, a Bosnian Serb who is married to a Bosnian Muslim, remained in Sarajevo during the siege. He later provided video and photographic evidence to the ICTY and was instrumental in its presentation to the Court at the trial. He will travel from The Netherlands to this event to talk about his role in the case and convey what it feels like to be trapped in a besieged city.

     This is a Medtronic Business and Law Roundtable. Two CLE credits have been applied for.  The cost of event is $25.00 (students will be admitted free) including CLE credit.  Tickets can be purchased at www.stthomas.edu/law/rsvp .  For more information contact 651-962-4888 or lawcomm@stthomas.edu.

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