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Momčilo Krajišnik dies at the age of 75

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BANJA LUKA, September 15 (FENA) - Convicted war criminal Momčilo Krajišnik died today in Banja Luka at the age of 75 as a result of coronavirus infection, University Clinical Center RS (UCC RS) in Banja Luka confirmed.

"We are informing the public and the media that this morning, at 06.00 in the intensive care unit of the UCC RS, Momčilo Krajišnik, the first president of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, died as a result of coronavirus infection," the UCC RS said.

Krajišnik was one of the founders of the Serb Democratic Party (SDS). After the first multi-party general elections in Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SR BiH), he was elected President of the Assembly of SR BiH. 

After the war, he was also a member of the Presidency of BiH from 1996 to 1998.

He was arrested on 3 April 2000 by French commandos in SFOR and detained at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He was charged with crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on September 27 he was found guilty of extermination, murder, racial and religious persecution, deportation and inhuman treatment, as well as crimes against humanity.

He was sentenced to 27 years in prison. On March 17, 2009, The Hague Tribunal reduced his sentence to 20 years in prison. He was released on August 30, 2013, after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

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