News 15 Dec 16

Bosnian Army Ex-Soldiers Jailed for Beating Prisoners

Former Bosnian Army soldiers Muhko and Safet Velagic were found guilty of committing war crimes against prisoners of war in the Bugojno area in July 1993.

Kenan Kavazovic
BIRN
Travnik
Bugojno. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/US Air Force Combat Camera Imagery by Senior Airman Justin D. Pyle.

The Cantonal Court in Novi Travnik on Thursday sentenced Muhko Velagic to seven years in prison and Safet Velagic to six years for war crimes against prisoners of war.

According to the charges, Muhko and Safet Velagic participated in beating the prisoners at the Crnici cemetery, near Bugojno, in July 1993.

Mario Zrno, a captured member of the Croatian Defence Council, died due to injuries caused by the beating.

Neither the defendants nor their lawyers attended the hearing, so the presiding judge said it was not necessary to provide an explanation of the verdict.

The verdict can be appealed at the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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