Sarajevo prosecutors have indicted eight Bosniaks for crimes against civilians in the first case over wartime abuses in the Kladanj area.
The eight men are accused of having taken part in the illegal detention, inhumane treatment and abuse of the civilians between May 1992 and July 1993 in the village of Stupari near Kladanj, close to Tuzla in central Bosnia.
The Bosnian state prosecutor named them as Safet Mujcinovic, Selman Busnov, Nusret Muhic, Zijad Hamzic, Ramiz Halilovic, Nedzad Hodzic, Hariz Habibovic and Osman Gogic, all former members of territorial defence and police units in Kladanj.
The indictment is believed to allege that Bosniak units attacked Bosnian Serb villages near Kladanj in May 1992, after which the able-bodied men were taken to detention facilities across the municipality where they were subjected to abuse, the prosecutor’s spokesperson said.
The prosecutor’s office also said that Mujcinovic and Busnov have been charged with command responsibility over the other defendants.
The Sarajevo-based Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina will now decide whether to proceed with the case.
This is the first indictment over crimes in Kladanj before the Bosnian state court or the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.