News 19 Dec 17

Bosnian Army Ex-Soldiers Arrested for Killing 30 Serbs

Six former members of the Bosnian Army were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killings of 30 Serb men and women in the village of Cemerno near Sarajevo in 1992.

Dzana Brkanic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency police. Photo: SIPA.

Bosnian State Investigation and Protection agency police officers on Tuesday arrested Teufik Turudzic, Mirsad, Nusret and Mirzet Beslija, Hamdija Spahic and Senad Sikir, former members of the Bosnian Army and Territorial Defence units, who are suspected of killing more than 30 Serbs in Cemerno on June 10, 1992.

“During the attack on Cemerno, a war crime was committed in which around 30 Bosnian Serb victims, of both sexes, were killed,” the Bosnian prosecution said in a statement.

“The youngest victim was 16 years old and the eldest more than 80. A total of ten women were killed,” it added.

The crime in Cemerno was one of the most “heinous” in the entire Sarajevo region, the prosecutor’s office said.

The men who were arrested are suspected of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war, the killing and wounding of enemy combatants and violations of the laws and customs of war, it added.

The six suspects have already been handed over to the prosecution.

After they are questioned, the prosecution will decide whether to file a custody motion.

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