News 06 Sep 12

Stanisic et al: Guilt For Srebrenica Genocide Denied

Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic appeared before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

The indictees pleaded not guilty to all of the counts, charging them with crimes committed on the Petkovci dam, near Djulici village, Zvornik municipality, where about 1,000 Bosniak men and boys from Srebrenica were shot after having been captured in July 1995.

According to the charges, Stanisic was Commander of the Sixth Battalion with the Zvornik Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS and Milosevic was his Deputy.

The State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA arrested Stanisic and Milosevic in the Zvornik area on June 21 this year. They have been in custody since.

Until now, more than a dozen trials for genocide have come before the State Court in Sarajevo.

However, previous trials have mostly focused on the killings in the Kravica and Branjevo villages near Zvornik. This is the first trial for the killings that took place in Petkovci.

According to the prosecution, around a thousand captured boys and men from Srebrenica were executed in Petkovci in July 1995.

The arrested men have both previously testified at the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, at trials for crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In June 2010, the Hague tribunal sentenced Drago Nikolic, the former Chief of Security for the Zvornik Brigade of the VRS and Vinko Pandurevic, the former Commander of the Zvornik Brigade of the VRS to 35 and 13 years respectively for their role in the genocide in Srebrenica.

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Background

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