News 27 Feb 13

Bosnian Serb Paramilitary Tried for Sarajevo Expulsions

Former fighter Zoran Dragicevic went on trial in the Bosnian capital for expelling non-Serbs from the Sarajevo settlements of Grbavica, Vraca and Kovacici during wartime.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

Prosecutor Behaija Krnjic opened the trial on Wednesday by reading the indictment which charges Dragicevic on five counts of expelling non-Serb civilians based on nationality, ethnicity and religion as part of a broader, systematic attack by Bosnian Serb forces in 1992.

“He acted inhumanely by looting, abusing civilians and abusing the powerlessness of a female in order to rape her,” said Krnjic.

The prosecutor said that defendant Dragicevic had abused the civilians together with another paramilitary fighter, Veselin ‘Batko’ Vlahovic, who is currently being tried in a separate war crimes case at the Bosnian court.

“In May or June 1992, the defendant, together with Vlahovic, came to the apartment of a civilian and took him to the Digitron Buje building [in Grbavica], where Vlahovic took his watch and money, after which they severely physically abused him and the plaintiff could not see afterwards because of the blows he received,” said Krnjic.

The indictment says that in July 1993, Dragicevic came to a woman’s apartment in Grbavica, then took her to his own apartment where he ordered her to take a shower, raped her twice and sent her home.

Prosecutor Krnjic said that the indictment was based on statements from ten witnessesand two expert witnesses, plus 52 pieces of physical evidence.

The first witnesses will be called on March 6.

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