06 September 2004 by -

The appeals court at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled on 29 July to cut the prison sentence pronounced against Tihomir Blaskic from 45 to 9 years. The former commander of the Croatian regional defence council (HVO) was convicted in March 2000 of war crimes and crimes against humanity between 1992 and 1994 against Muslims in the valley of the Lasva River, central Bosnia.

04 October 2004 by Heikelina Verrijn

After arriving at The Hague in 1996, Tihomir Blaskic, a former colonel in the HVO (Croatian Defence Council), told his wife and son it would take three months to defend himself against charges that he had command responsibility for one of the war's most horrendous massacres: the Ahmici massacre in the Lasva Valley in April 1993. On 2 August this year, after a case with more than its share of twists and turns, Blaskic was released after being resentenced on appeal to nine years.