Perisic appeals against war crimes verdict at The Hague

Momcilo Perisic (left) at The Hague in 2005 Momcilo Perisic (left) is seen here at his initial court appearance in 2005

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The Hague tribunal is hearing an appeal by Momcilo Perisic, the most senior officer of the former Yugoslav Army to be convicted of war crimes.

Perisic, who commanded the Yugoslav Army during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia, was jailed for 27 years by the UN war crimes tribunal last year.

He was convicted of aiding and abetting crimes but acquitted of a direct role in the Srebrenica massacre.

Perisic insists he was not aware of or responsible for atrocities.

The tribunal convicted him of aiding and abetting murders, inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, and attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and Srebrenica.

He was also found guilty of failing to punish his subordinates for their crimes of murder, attacks on civilians and injuring and wounding civilians during rocket attacks on Zagreb in Croatia.

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