News 07 Dec 12

Bosniak Sentenced for Velika Kladusa War Rape

The Cantonal Court in Bihac has sentenced Safet Delic to three and a half years in prison for raping a woman in Velika Kladusa in 1995.

Justice Report
BIRN
Bihac

Delic was sentenced after the court had accepted a guilt admission agreement concluded between the defendant and the Cantonal Prosecution in Bihac.

The former member of the 506th Brigade of the Bosnian army was found guilty of having physically abused and raped a woman with the initials K.F. from Velika Kladusa.

“After the Bosnian Army units had taken control over the  Velika Kladusa municipality, Delic, who was uniformed and armed, entered K.F.’s house forcibly on August 7, 1995, knowing that her cousin was member of the National Defence of the Western Bosnia Autonomous Region.”

“He physically abused her by hitting her with a rifle, his fists and legs. After that he forced her to have sexual intercourse with him,” the agreement states.

The Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia was formed in 1993.  The province, whose centre was the town of Velika Kladusa, existed until 1995 and was controlled by Bosniak forces not loyal to the Sarajevo government.

The breakaway region fought against fellow Bosniaks who were loyal to the Sarajevo government and cooperated with Serb and Croat forces in Bosnia and Croatia.

The Cantonal Prosecutor, Jasmin Mesic, said that the prosecution was satisfied with the verdict.

“What we consider important is the fact that the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the proceedings has been achieved by concluding this agreement. The defendant admitted the crime at the moment of his arrest and during the investigation. This made the investigation easier,” Mesic said.

Mesic also praised the fact that the case had been completed without having to conduct a criminal proceeding, which would include bringing the victim to the courtroom and causing her renewed stress and trauma.

This is the first indictment filed before the judicial authorities in Bihac which exclusively referred to rape as war crime. 

 

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