Ljubiša Beara, Bosnian military officer and convicted war criminal, Died at 77

Ljubiša Beara was born on July 14, 1939, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and died on February 9, 2017, Berlin, Germany.

He was a Bosnian Serb.

Beara in the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ljubiša Beara was Colonel and Chief of Security of the Bosnian Serb Army Main Staff.

The ICTY issued an indictment against him on 26 March 2002, for his role in the Srebrenica Massacre.

Beara surrendered and was transferred to the Hague on 10 October 2004.

After two days, Beara appeared in the Chamber and did not enter a plea.

The Trial Chamber brought a verdict that he “was the most senior officer of the Security Branch and had the clearest overall picture of the massive scale and scope of the killing operation, on June 10, 2010.

Due to his presence in Bratunac on the night of 13 July, to his personal visits to the various detention and execution sites and the significant logistical challenges he faced throughout, Beara had a very personal view of the staggering number of victims destined for execution.

His steeped in this knowledge, he became, in the opinion of the Trial Chamber he was the driving force behind the murder enterprise”.

The court found that Beara was a member of the JCE to murder the Bosnian Muslim males from Srebrenica and that he participated in that JCE with persecutory intent.

However, the courts was satisfied that, in July 1995, Beara was a man intent on destroying a group by killing all the members of it within his reach, and that, beyond all reasonable doubt, he had harboured genocidal intent.

Beara was convicted of genocide, extermination, murder and persecution and sentenced to life in prison.

Ljubiša Beara passed away at 77 years old.