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UN War Court Reduces Sentence

The Hague (AFP) The UN war crimes court yesterday halved a prison sentence handed down against Bosnian Croat Drazen Erdemovic, ruling that he must serve five years on charges shooting dead up to 100 Moslems.

After the verdict was delivered, Erdemovic, 26, breathed a huge sigh of relief, hugged his lawyer and broke down in tears. His lawyer said the Bosnian Croat was very pleased and happy with the new sentence and added that it was unlikely he would appeal.

The court resentenced Erdemovic, the first person convicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for his part in the 1991-1995 Balkans conflict, after he appealed the original 10-year jail term.

March 6, 1998.