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Slobodan Medić
Født1966
Død31. desember 2013
Beskjeftigelse Militær
Nasjonalitet Serbia
KommandoerSkorpionene (Serbia)

Slobodan Medić (serbisk: Словoдaн Meдћ, født 1966, død 31. desember 2013 ved Sremska Mitrovica[1]) var kommandant for den serbiske militære spesialenheten Skorpionene (Škorpiona / Шкорпиона). Han ble gjenkjent på et videoopptak hvor han og andre soldater (som han hadde kommandoen over) fra Skorpionene henretter seks unge bosnjaker under Srebrenica-massakren. Han ble arrestert i juni 2005 og stilt for retten i Serbia.[2][3] Det var den til da største krigsforbrytersaken i Serbia.[4]

Han ble dømt til 20 års fengsel. Maksimumsstraffen han kunne ha fått var 40 år.[5][4] Under rettssaken i Beograd uttalte han at han ikke angret på noe, bortsett fra at han ikke drepte soldaten som filmet.[6] Medić anså seg selv som en serbisk patriot, men var delvis motivert av økonomisk gevinst for seg selv, skriver tidsskriftet Foreign Policy.[7]

Han omkom i en bilulykke nær Sremska Mitrovica mens han hadde helgepermisjon fra fengselet.[1]

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ReferanserRediger

  1. ^ a b «Former paramilitary commander reportedly killed in car crash». B92.net (engelsk). 1. januar 2014. Besøkt 2. september 2019. 
  2. ^ «Serbia holds 'death squad' trial». BBC News (engelsk). 20. desember 2005. Besøkt 2. september 2019. «After the gunmen in the video had been identified and tracked down, it was broadcast on TV news bulletins across the former Yugoslavia and beyond.» 
  3. ^ Wood, Nicholas (12. juni 2005). «Videotape of Serbian Police Killing 6 Muslims From Srebrenica Grips Balkans». The New York Times (engelsk). ISSN 0362-4331. Besøkt 2. september 2019. 
  4. ^ a b «Jail for Serb video death squad». BBC News (engelsk). 10. april 2007. Besøkt 2. september 2019. «It was also the biggest war crimes trial of Serbs by Serbs to date. ...But relatives of the victims expressed disappointment that the maximum sentences - of 40 years - had not been handed down.» 
  5. ^ Wood, Nicholas (11. april 2007). «4 Serbs Guilty in Execution of 6 Bosnians». The New York Times (engelsk). ISSN 0362-4331. Besøkt 2. september 2019. «The judge imposed 20-year sentences on Slobodan Medic, the commander of the unit, and his assistant, Branislav Medic. The only defendant to plead guilty, Pera Petrasavic, was given a sentence of 13 years, and another, Aleksander Medic, received a five-year term. ... The video was first shown in June 2005 during the trial of the former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The tape was regarded as a watershed within Serbia because it confronted Serbs with firsthand evidence of the involvement of their security forces in Bosnian killings. Until then, most Serbs did not believe that the massacre had taken place.» 
  6. ^ Savic, Misha (21. desember 2005). «Serb commander shows no remorse for videotaped killings». The Guardian (engelsk). ISSN 0261-3077. Besøkt 2. september 2019. «the judge began questioning them, starting with Slobodan Medic, the commander of the dreaded Serb "Scorpions" paramilitary unit. He showed no remorse during his opening comments, when he made the remark about how he would have killing the Serb soldier who did the filming. … "The footage is now at the centre of attention but back then it was irrelevant. Now it can cost me my freedom."» 
  7. ^ Dobbs, Michael. «'It helped to be a psychopath'». Foreign Policy (engelsk). Besøkt 2. september 2019. «Although Medic considered himself a Serb “patriot,” his true motivations appear to have been much more mundane. Like many leaders of paramilitary gangs, he viewed the war as an opportunity to enrich himself. .. "He’s filthy rich and it all came from the war, from State Security turning a blind eye to his clandestine businesses." …. Medic did not directly participate in the killing of the six Srebrenica Muslims, who included three minors under the age of eighteen. As the investigation later established, the murders were carried out by his personal bodyguards, led by his cousin, Branislav Medic»