News 07 Apr 17

Bosnia Reduces Two Serbs’ Srebrenica Genocide Sentences

The state court reduced former Bosnian Serb special policemen Dusko Jevic and Mendeljev Djuric’s Srebrenica genocide sentences to 20 years each because the wrong criminal code was used at their trial.

Albina Sorguc
BIRN
Sarajevo
The Bosnian state court. Photo: BIRN.

The appeals chamber of the state court in Sarajevo ruled on Thursday that Jevic and Djuric’s prison sentences should be reduced from 32 to 28 years in prison respectively to 20 years each.

At the time of the crimes in July 1995, Jevic was the commander of the Jahorina Training Centre with the Special Brigade of the Bosnian Serb police, and Djuric was the commander of a Jahorina Training Centre police company.

Both were convicted of participating in the murders of captured Bosniak men from Srebrenica in an agricultural warehouse in the village of Kravica and the forcible resettlement of the civilian population from the Srebrenica area.

But the verdict was quashed by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that the more lenient criminal code of the former Yugoslavia, which was in force at the time their crimes were committed, should have been used, not the more recently-introduced Bosnian criminal code.

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Background

Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

The Indictment Against Ratko Mladic

Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.

Ratko Mladic: From Promising Officer to Bloodstained Warlord

When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.

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