News 09 Oct 17

Bosnian Croat Fighter Jailed for Wartime Rape

Former Croatian Defence Council fighter Jozo Djojic was sentenced to six years in prison for committing a war crime after being found guilty of raping a woman in the Odzak area in 1992.

Lamija Grebo
BIRN
Sarajevo
Jozo Djojic (right) in court. Photo: Bosnian state court.

The Bosnian state court on Monday convicted Jozo Djojic, a former member of the 102nd Brigade of the Croatian Defence Council, HVO, of the rape of a woman in July 1992.

Presiding judge Darko Samardzic said that the court found the victim’s testimony “credible, convincing and correct”.

Samardzic said the court took into account the defendant’s persistence and ruthlessness in the commission of the crime as aggravating circumstances.

The fact that he has a family and is in poor health, and that he behaved correctly during the trial, were taken into account as mitigating circumstances.

Djojic failed to appear in court to hear the verdict due to his poor health.

The verdict can be appealed.

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