The investigation against Momcilo Perisic began in 2002, then it was interrupted when Perisic surrendered to the Hague Tribunal and received 27 years in prison. After an appeal that acquitted him, the espionage case was reopened
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The Belgrade High Court found the former chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Momcilo Perisic guilty of espionage for the United States and sentenced him to three years in prison, the newspaper reports. Flash… The court considered proven the accusation of transferring classified information to the American intelligence officer John Neibor.
Two more defendants in this case were sentenced to one and a half years in prison for divulging military secrets. The trial was held behind closed doors, but the verdict was announced publicly.
On charges against Perisic (then he was Deputy Prime Minister) in 2002 reported President of Yugoslavia Vojislav Kostunica immediately after the end of a specially convened meeting of the country’s political and military leadership. At the time, Perisic was the leader of the Movement for Democratic Serbia, which condemned his arrest. A few hours after the indictment was announced, the Deputy Prime Minister was released.
Perisic statedthat the documents he passed on to the American concerned Kosovo cases against the ex-President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic, who was then already on trial in The Hague.
In March 2005 Perisic announced the intention to surrender to the Hague War Crimes Tribunal. The Serbian military will go to the Netherlands, where he will hand himself over to the judges. Perisic spent eight years in prison.