Sasa Boreta from Budva was convicted in the Court of Appeal to eight years in prison for sinking of Mis Pat in August 1999 in the Montenegrin waters, when 35 people died.
Refik Hodzic, who is at large, was sentenced on a year less than Boreta, while Ismet Balja, also at large, and Agim Gasi got six years both. Judges of the Appellate Court, for lack of evidence, freed of the charges Joko Nikaljevic and Ramadan Balja.
The indictment alleges that Agim Gasi, Ramadan Balja and Ismet Balja promised the displaced Roma from Kosovo transportation to Italy for a fee.
According to the indictment, they agreed with Nikaljevic, Boreta and Hodzic to provide the boat, with which they headed across the Adriatic Sea in the direction of Italy on the night between 15 and 16 August 1999.
About 70 people was boarded on the smallish boat “Mis Pat”, which was registered to transport six people and two crew members. After a few hours of sailing, the boat driven by Hodzic capsized. 35 people drowned in the incident, 13 of whom were identified.
Source: Radio Television Montenegro