Convicted without evidence

The Humanitarian Law Center points out that the District Court in Niš sentenced two Kosovo Albanians to long terms of imprisonment in spite of the lack of any incriminating evidence against them.  After a trial which lasted a year, the five-man panel of the District Court on 18 April 2001 unanimously found Luan and Bekim Mazreku from Mališevo guilty of terrorism under Article 125 of the federal Criminal Code (CC) and, pursuant to Article 139 (2) of the CC, sentenced them both to 20 years, the maximum term envisaged by law.  The Court ordered the Mazrekus to be remanded to custody until the sentence became final.