News 22 Aug 12

Prosecution Asks for 32 Years for Srebrenica Crimes

The Bosnian State Prosecution has asked that Dragan Neskovic and Zoran Ilic be sentenced to 17 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for crimes in Srebrenica in July 1995.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

The international prosecutor Erik Larson said in his closing statements that Neskovic and Ilic, as members of the Jahorina Training Center with the Special Police Brigade of Republika Srpska, played a key role in the crimes committed in Srebrenica.

The prosecutor said that members of the First Company of the Center, in which Neskovic was a high ranking officer, were present in Potocari on July 12 and 13, 1995.

According to the testimonies of members of the Center, they knew that Bosniak men would be killed after having been separated from women and children.

“It must have been clear to Neskovic what was going on. Images of horror could be seen in Potocari, while he was there, in his capacity as a high ranking officer, on July 12 and 13. Nobody can say that he did not know what was going on,” Larson said.

The prosecutor said that the First Company went from Potocari to Kravica, near Bratunac. The Second Company, whose member was Ilic, joined them a short time later.

Neskovic and Ilic are charged with having participated in the capture of over a thousand Bosniaks, whom they took to the Agricultural Cooperative in Kravica, near Bratunac, and killed.

Calling on a statement given by one of the protected witnesses, Larson said that Neskovic was in the shooting squad, pointing his rifle at the people during the second mass execution in front of the warehouse.

The prosecutor also mentioned statements given by two protected witnesses, who said that they killed two captured Srebrenica residents in the vicinity of the warehouse in Kravica, on Neskovic's orders.

Speaking about indictee Ilic's role, Larson said that he was present in front of the Kravica warehouse in the morning hours on July 14, 1995, adding that protected witness NI104 saw him firing bullets at corpses.

The defence teams are due to present their closing statements on August 29.

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Background

Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

The Indictment Against Ratko Mladic

Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.

Ratko Mladic: From Promising Officer to Bloodstained Warlord

When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.

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