News 09 Nov 12

Seventeen Years Jail Term for Foca Wartime Rapes

The Bosnian State Court has sentenced Jasko Gazdic, a former Bosnian Serb army soldier, to 17 years in prison for raping several women in Foca in 1992 and 1993.

Justice Report

Gazdic was found guilty of raping three women, including a 12-year old girl, and assisting another rape.

By the same verdict he was freed of charges of raping the girl a second time and holding a different minor in slavery while sexually torturing her.

The presiding judge, Vesna Jasenkovic, said that Gazdic took part in crimes as part of a wide and systematic attack of military and paramilitary formations in Foca against Bosniaks.

“The Trial Chamber believes the testimony of witness A, who was 12 years old at the time, and who said that the first night she arrived at the Partizan sports hall she was raped by the defendant,” said Judge Jasenkovic.

She added that based on the testimony of witnesses it was possible to conclude that Gazdic raped the witness C,  and took part in a group rape of the witness D.

The Trial Chamber concluded that Gazdic helped a man to rape the witness E and afterwards he hit her with a gun and threatened to “blow her brains out if she talked”.

As aggravating circumstances, the Chamber took the fact that one of the victims was 12 years old at the time she was raped and that Gazdic had previously been sentenced. The court found no mitigating circumstances.

After he was pronounced guilty, Gazdic asked to leave the courtroom before the Trial Chamber gave their explanation of the verdict.

There is a possibility to appeal this verdict.


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