In 2003, he pleaded guilty to crimes against humanity, for which he is serving a 20-year sentence. Nikolić is a native of Hrancin, Bratunac, Bosnia and Hercegovina. He served as Assistant Chief of Security and Intelligence for the Bratunac Brigade, Drina Corps, Bosnian Serb Army, VRS. On 26 March 2002 he was indicted, charged with genocide or alternately complicity in genocide and persecutions, and Violations of the Laws or Customs of War.
He was arrested by SFOR on 1 April 2002 and transferred to International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) custody the following day.
Nikolić made his initial appearance on 3 April 2002, pleading not guilty on all counts. A plea agreement was reached on 7 May 2003 and Nikolić pleaded guilty to Count 5 of the indictment - Crimes against humanity.
A written Factual Basis for the crime and for Nikolić’s participation in it was filed with the plea agreement. The Factual Basis and the indictment, which Nikolić acknowledged to be true, set out the following acts:
He was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment on 2 December 2003.
The sentence was reduced from 27 years imprisonment to 20 years by the ICTY Appeals Chamber on 8 March 2006.
Nikolić was transferred to Finland to serve his sentence on 11 April 2007. During the course of the trial, Nikolić, who served under Vidoje Blagojevic"s command as the head of the security element of the Bratunac Brigade, gave testimony in accordance with a plea agreement he made with the prosecution. At the time of the plea agreement, a controversy came out over false statements that Nikolić had made to the prosecution, which did not appear in the Statement of Facts which accompanied the plea agreement.
lieutenant is important to note that the prosecution had been made aware of the falsities in advance to remove them from the document and they did not affect any judgments, but the incident was used by the defence to discr Nikolic"s testimony implicating other accused persons, and is still used in various revisionist conspiracy theories with respect to the Srebrenica massacre.