News 11 Dec 17

Bosnia Arrests Wartime Commander for General’s Murder

Hamdija Abdic, alias Tigar, who is considered a hero by Bosnian Army veterans, was arrested on suspicion that he was involved in the killing of a Bosnian Croat general in 1995.

Admir Muslimovic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Hamdija Abdic. Photo: BIRN.

Police in the north-western town of Bihac on Monday arrested Hamdija Abdic, the wartime commander of the Bosnian Army Fifth Corps’ 502nd Brigade, on suspicion of murder, the Una-Sana Canton prosecution told BIRN.

Abdic is suspected of taking part in the killing of Croatian Defence Council general Vlado Santic on March 8, 1995, alongside four other men who were also arrested on Monday.

Santic was killed as he was leaving the Sedra hotel in Bihac, and his remains have never been recovered.

The Bihac prosecution declined to give the names of the other four suspects before they are questioned, or any more specific information about the investigation.

“The five men are suspected of killing Vlado Santic on the night of March 8 to 9, 1995. They will be questioned and the prosecution will decide whether to file a custody motion,” the prosecution said in a statement.

Abdic, who is considered a hero by Bosnian army veterans, and the other men are not suspected of committing a war crime.

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