News 15 Nov 12

Bosnian Serb Pleads Not Guilty to Vogosca Crimes

Branko Vlaco, who is charged with crimes against humanity committed in 1992 in the municipality of Vogosca, near Sarajevo, has pleaded not guilty to all counts of the indictment.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

According to the prosecution, as the warden of the camps known as “Bunker”, “Sonja”, “Planja’s House”, “Naka’s Garage”, and other detention facilities in the Vogosca municipality, Vlaco acted as a part of a joint criminal enterprise.

He is charged with establishing a system of abuse of imprisoned non-Serb civilians in those facilities.

“Prisoners were murdered, tortured and abused. They were forced to do hard labour and used as a human shield, which resulted in many of them being killed,” specified the indictment.

The indictment also charges Vlaco with “beating and abusing prisoners, raping a woman in the Kon-Tiki pension, and knowing and approving of crimes committed by other soldiers, policemen or paramilitaries.”

Earlier this year he was extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina from Montenegro, and has been held in custody ever since.

Zoran Bozic, the pre-trial judge, said that the trial should begin within a month.

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Background

Timeline: Cases for War Crimes in Pec Villages

Timeline of events in the case against 13 former Serb fighters charged with committing war crimes in the villages of Cuska, Zahac, Ljubenic and Pavlan in Kosovo in 1999.

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