News 05 Dec 12

New War Crimes Arrests in Bosnia

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency has arrested three Bosnian Serbs suspected of war crimes committed in the Sarajevo and Prijedor region during the Bosnian war.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo

On Tuesday, Zoran Dragicevic, who is suspected of war crimes in Sarajevo, was arrested in the northern town of Bijeljina.

The Bosnian State Prosecution suspects Dragicevic, a former member of the Republika Srpska armed forces, of having participated in the persecution of non-Serb civilians in the Sarajevo neighbourhoods of Grbavica and Vraca.

Dragicevic, as an accomplice of Veselin ‘Batko’ Vlahovic, is suspected of torture, physical abuse, unlawful detention and rape of civilians.

Vlahovic is currently on trial for murders, rape, disappearances and other crimes committed in the Grbavica, Kovacici and Vraca neighbourhoods of Sarajevo. His high-profile trial started more than a year ago and the indictment contains more than 80 charges.

Dragicevic will be handed over to the Bosnian prosecutor on Wednesday, who will request custody for the suspect.

Also on Tuesday, the State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested two Bosnian Serbs in Prijedor due to a suspicion that they committed crimes against humanity.
 
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced that the suspects, with the initials V.DJ. and S.D., both ex Bosnian Serb soldiers, are being investigated under suspicion of having participatedin the capture and shooting of ten Bosniak civilians in the village of Carakovo in the Prijedor municipality on July 23, 1992.

According to several verdicts of the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, in April 1992, Bosnian Serb forces took control of Prijedor, after which killings of Bosniaks went on in many villages in the municipality, including Carakovo, Hambarine, Biscani, Ljubija and Kozarac.

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