News 24 Dec 12

Stankovic Sentenced For Prison Escape

Radovan Stankovic was sentenced to two years jail term for using force while escaping from the Foca prison where he was serving the 20-year sentence for war crimes.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

“Stankovic is found guilty, while being taken from the Foca prison to the medical examination on May 25, 2007, of pushing the guard, Dragan Masic, with force while getting out of the vehicle in front of the Faculty of Dentistry.  Afterwards he entered a car and drove away in an unknown direction,” said the presiding judge Biljana Cukovic.
 
Cukovic emphasised that the Trial Chamber did not accept the defence’s claim that Stankovic did not use force to incapacitate the guard in such a way that he could not react in an adequate manner and prevent his escape.
 
She also pointed out that the defence’s claim that the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not authorised to try this case was unfounded, explaining that the criminal act had affected Bosnia and Herzegovina, tarnished the country’s reputation and shaken the trust of citizens in the work of judicial bodies.
 
There is a possibility of appealing this verdict to the Appellate Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stankovic did not attend the trial nor the passing of the verdict.
 
Stankovic, a former member of the Miljevina Battalion of the Foca Tactical Brigade of the Army of Republika Srpska, was sentenced in March 2007 to 20 years of prison for taking part in abuse of women in Foca.
 
For aiding his escape, Stankovic’s brother Ranko was sentenced to two years in prison, while doctor Ranka Dragicevic and nurse Brankica Davidovic pleaded guilty and received six months suspended sentence.

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