News 09 Jan 17

Radovan Karadzic’s Ex-Adviser Goes on Trial

Jovan Tintor, a wartime politician and former adviser to Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, went on trial for crimes against humanity against Bosniaks and Croats in the Vogosca area in 1992.

Albina Sorguc
BIRN
Sarajevo
Jovan Tintor. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Jovan Tintor, also known as Joja, went on trial on Monday at the Bosnian state court in Sarajevo on charges of unlawful detention, torture, beating, making people do forced labour and murdering Bosniak and Croat victims at several locations including detention camps.

The indictment charges Tintor, the former president of the Crisis Committee of the Vogosca municipality, on eight counts of having participated in a widespread and systematic attack against the non-Serb population in the municipality from April 1992 to the end of July that year.

Among other things, the indictment accuses Tintor with having killed a woman who was in the seventh month of pregnancy.

The prosecution alleges that, as a consequence of the crimes, almost the entire Bosniak and Croat population was deported from the Vogosca area and its surroundings by the end of 1992.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

“Thank God I don’t have to defend myself from all those charges. I am not guilty of anything,” Tintor told the court.

One of his lawyers, Nina Kisic, said the defence would not deny that Tintor was the president of the Crisis Committee of the Vogosca municipality from late April to May 1992, but insisted that the job was taken over by another person in late May that year.

“We shall prove that no joint criminal enterprise existed at all… Tintor was not involved in any criminal activities,” Kisic said.

She said the allegations that there was a widespread and systematic attack against the local population in Vogosca were untrue.

Tintor was the former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic’s adviser and the head of his Serb Democratic Party in Vogosca.

Karadzic was convicted of genocide and other crimes by the Hague Tribunal in March last year. The case has now gone to appeal.

Tintor’s trial will continue on January 16.

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