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AMSTERDAM, March 17 09, (Reuters) – The U.N. criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia reduced the jail sentence of Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik from 27 to 20 years on Tuesday, quashing some convictions from a 2006 judgement. The appeal hearing threw out convictions for murder, extermination and persecution against the former Bosnian Serb parliamentary speaker, arising from the 1992-1995 Bosnia war during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

But it upheld convictions for deportation and forcible transfer against Krajisnik, who was arrested and transferred to the Tribunal in April 2000.

The tribunal concluded that “Krajisnik participated in a joint criminal enterprise whose objective was to ethnically recompose the territories under the control of the Bosnian-Serb Republic by drastically reducing the proportion of non-Serbs”.

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