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Part IV: Judgments

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This chapter talks about final Civil Defense Forces judgments. The first, the Trial Judgment and Sentencing Judgement, in which the judges entered convictions of all three accused and sentenced them to relatively short prison terms, is followed by the Appeals Chamber judgment which mostly upheld those findings. The chapter also includes the corrigendum to the trial judgment. Together, the items in the chapter, which in many ways capture the most important judicial output in any criminal trial, are the ultimate record distilling factual/legal findings in the case following the appearance of numerous Prosecution and Defence witnesses and presentation of any other evidence. The trial has commonly been referred to as the Civil Defence Forces trial. In fact, it was not a trial of the Civil Defense Forces organisation itself, but rather a trial of three individuals, alleged to be its top leaders.

Keywords: Civil Defense Forces; convictions; corrigendum; Judgements; short prison terms; top leaders; witnesses



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