The Trial Chamber considers that the recent decision by the Registry to compel General Slobodan Praljak to pay back around 3.3 million Euro for defense costs ‘increases the risk’ of Praljak absconding. The Trial Chamber ordered the accused to be placed under house arrest in his Zagreb home until his return to the UN Detention Unit. General Praljak has been provisionally released pending the judgment in his case

Slobodan Praljak in the courtroomSlobodan Praljak in the courtroom

After the Registry decided that Slobodan Praljak should pay back about 3,3 million Euro to the Tribunal, the amount given by the legal aid department to Praljak’s defense team in the past eight years, the Trial Chamber tightened the conditions for Praljak’s provisional release to ‘neutralize the risk of absconding’. Praljak was granted provisional release pending the Trial Chamber’s judgment.

The Trial Chamber contends that the Registry’s decision increases the risk the accused would abscond and ordered that the general be placed under house arrest in his home in Zagreb to ‘neutralize the risk of escape’. Other conditions listed in the Trial Chamber’s confidential decision of 30 November 2011 remain in effect, the Trial Chamber specified in its decision.

General Slobodan Praljak and five other Bosnian Croat leaders – Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic – are waiting for the Trial Chamber’s judgment on the indictment for persecution, murder, destruction, arrest and deportation of Bosniaks in 1993 and 1994 in the territories of self-proclaimed Herceg Bosna.