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Europe: Convicted War Criminal Appeals Sentence

The Hague, 13 August 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Dusan Tadic has appealed against a 20-year prison sentence handed down by the U.N.'s Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The Hague court released a summary of the appeal today, which was filed last weekend by Tadic's lawyers.

In it, Tadic's lawyers argue for a reversal or revision of the sentence, saying his trial was plagued by factual errors and that the judges failed to take into account Tadic's unimportant status.

Tadic was the first suspect convicted and sentenced by the tribunal after a full trial. He was convicted in May of 7 to 11 counts of war crimes while serving as a guard at the Bosnian Serb-run detention camp at Omarska.