News 09 Feb 16

Radovan Karadzic’s Former Adviser Arrested

Jovan Tintor, a high-ranking wartime politician and former adviser to Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic was arrested on suspicion of taking part in war crimes in Vogosca near Sarajevo.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Jovan Tintor. Photo: YouTube.

Jovan Tintor, a senior official during wartime with the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, was arrested on Monday evening on warrant issued for him by Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999, since he lives in Serbia.

Tintor, who he lives in Serbia, was arrested at the Raca border crossing in northern Bosnia.

The Bosnian prosecution suspects Tintor, who was Karadzic’s advisor and the president of the SDS in Vogosca, of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Vogosca and its surroundings.

After his arrest, the president of the Association of Families of the Missing Persons from Vogosca, Ema Cekic, told BIRN that she was pleased that senior figures were being put on trial.

“So many crimes took place in Vogosca and I am satisfied we are finally seeing arrests of high-ranking officials. I only hope that after the trial we will not have a situation where there is a small sentence or an acquittal, where the entire case is being done just for a [prosecution] quota,” said Cekic.

But one of Tintor’s wartime SDS colleagues, Momcilo Krajisnik, told BIRN that he has no knowledge of the alleged crimes committed by Tintor.

“I know he was a high-ranking official in Vogosca, but I never heard about crimes. I think the arrest happened because instructions were sent to the Bosnian judiciary from [the UN war crimes court in] The Hague to finish their job. I believe Tintor will be acquitted,” Krajisnik said.

The Hague Tribunal sentenced Krajisnik to 20 years in prison in 2009 for wartime crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The president of the SDS, Radovan Karadzic, is currently awaiting his verdict for genocide and war crimes.

The Bosnian prosecution told BIRN that it will question Tintor and file a custody motion on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the Bosnian prosecution said that Serbia extradited war crimes suspect Sasa Curguz, who is under investigation for crimes in Bihac in 1992.

The Bosnian prosecution suspects Curguz, a former member of the Bosnian Serb army, of killing Bosniak prisoners in Bihac.

According to the Bosnian prosecution, Curguz came to the Tractor auto shop in Ripac near Bihac, where dozens of Bosniak civilians were detained, with other Bosnian Serb fighters and took away a group of ten prisoners.

“The prisoners were taken to Mount Hrgar near the Bezdana Pit, where they were killed and their bodies were thrown in the pit,” the prosecution said.

Curguz is also being investigated for taking part in the torture, abuse and beatings of prisoners.

An international warrant was issued for him and he was arrested in 2014 in Belgrade, where he spent about 14 months in extradition detention.

The Bosnian prosecution has said it will file a custody motion.

Curguz testified via video link from Serbia on February 1 this year at the trial of Zeljko Stanarevic, who is charged in Sarajevo with killing 11 persons taken from the Ripac detention centre in June and July 1992.

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