MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
22 July 1999
Pratt And Wallace Appeal Decision
The Government deeply regrets the decision of the Yugoslav Military Court of Appeal, confirmed this evening, not to allow the appeals by Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace against their convictions.
We are very disappointed, although not overly surprised, at the decision of the Court to let the findings of guilt stand against the two men, but in each case to reduce the length of sentence. The sentence of Steve Pratt has been reduced from twelve years to eight years and that of Peter Wallace from four years to one year.
It is totally unacceptable that these two innocent men still face lengthy prison sentences. This decision is highly unjust. The men are completely innocent of the charges brought against them.
Our aim remains to have Steve Pratt and Peter Wallace released as soon as possible and we will continue to work vigorously for that goal.
We urge President Milosevic to use his prerogative to grant clemency.
We will continue to marshal the support of the international community and do everything possible to secure their release.
Minister - Innes Willox (02) 6277 7500
Department - Mark Croxford (02) 6261 1555
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