Serbia rehabilitates WWII Chetnik leader Draza Mihailovic
Belgrade High Court on Thursday upheld a motion to rehabilitate World War Two (WWII) Chetnik leader and war criminal Draza Mihailovic.
The motion was filed by his grandson, Vojislav Mihailovic, professors at the Belgrade Faculty of Law Smilja Avramov and Kosta Cavoski, and several civil society organisations. They demanded that the court nullify a Yugoslav court judgment of 15 July 1946 that sentenced Mihailovic to death over collaboration with Nazi occupying forces and stripped him of all civil rights.
The rehabilitation process began on 16 September 2010, since when dozens of witnesses and historians had been heard, and tape recordings and other documents examined.
The court found that the judgment against Mihailovic had been rendered at an illegal trial for political and ideological reasons.