Milan Babic


Born In : Kukar Vrlika People s Republic of Croatia PR Croatia Federal People s Republic of Yugoslavia FPR Yugoslavia

Milan Babić (Serbian Cyrillic: Milan Babić; 26 February 1956 – 5 March 2006) was from 1991 to 1992 the first President of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, a self-proclaimed state largely populated by Serbs of Croatia that wished to break away from Croatia during the Croatian War of Independence.
After the war, he was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2004 and was the first ever indictee to plead guilty and enter a plea bargain with the prosecution, after which he was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Babić expressed “shame and remorse” in a public statement and declared that his plea bargain was intended to relieve the collective shame of the Croatian Serbs, and asked his “Croatian brothers to forgive their Serb brothers” for their actions.
After he was sentenced in 2004, Babić was found dead in his prison cell in The Hague in March 2006, in an apparent suicide. Serbian Radical Party leader and fellow inmate, Vojislav Šešelj, claimed to have contributed to Babić’s suicide by “making his life miserable”. Šešelj added that the ICTY prosecution initially promised Babić that it would not press charges if he agreed to testify against fellow Serbs. The charges were pressed anyway. Then the prosecution promised an 11-year sentence if he made a plea bargain, but was eventually convicted to a 13-year sentence.