Alan Dershowitz, the attorney who got American football star O. J. Simpson acquitted of double murder, has agreed to write a brief on the joint criminal enterprise for Momcilo Krajisnik in the appellate proceedings

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Alan Dershowitz, one of the most famous US lawyers, agreed to help Momcilo Krajisnik in his appellate proceedings. Krajisnik, former political leader of Bosnian Serbs, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for persecution and other crimes against the non-Serb population in BH in 1991 and 1992. Dershowitz was on the defense team who got American football star O.J. Simpson acquitted of the murder of his wife and her friend. For a while, Dershowitz’s name was mooted as Slobodan Milosevic’s defense counsel.

Momcilo Krajisnik, representing himself in the appellate proceedings, filed a motion to the Tribunal’s president asking him to postpone the next status conference scheduled for 3 March 2008 to 31 March 2008, in order to let Alan Dershowitz attend it. Krajisnik also asked that Dershowitz be permitted to address the Appeals Chamber on, as he stated, a ‘number of issues relevant for the appellate proceeding in this case’.

Attached to the motion was a copy of Alan Dershowitz’s e-mail in which the famous US lawyer confirmed that he and his brother Nathan Dershowitz would draft a brief for Krajisnik on the joint criminal enterprise; Krajisnik was indicted and convicted for his participation in this enterprise.

The prosecution also filed an appeal against the sentence, 27 years in prison, asking for a life sentence.