News 08 Jan 14

Bosnia Launches First War Crimes Indictments of 2014

The court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has confirmed two indictments against seven Bosniak ex-fighters for wartime violence against Serb prisoners in Banovici and a Croat detainee in Jablanica.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo

The court began the year by confirming two new war crimes indictments charging four men with crimes against Serbs in Banovici in 1992 and three men with crimes against a Croat in Jablanica in 1993.

Esed Kocic, Miralem Colic, Fikret Mrkonjic and Mirza Dedic are charged with taking part in crimes against the Serb civilian population.

The prosecution alleges that Kocic, Colic, Mrkonjic and Dedic, former members of the Territorial Defence forces and the Public Safety Station in Banovici, participated in the murder of one detainee, as well as the mutilation, torture and inhumane treatment of others who were being held in a railway building in Banovici.

The crimes were committed in the period from the beginning of May to late July 1992, the court said.

In a separate case, the court confirmed an indictment against Azem Ibrovic, Enes Maksumic and Jusuf Hindic, charging them with crimes committed at a detention facility in the Battle of Neretva Museum in Jablanica.

According to the charges, Ibrovic, Maksumic and Hindic participated in the torture and inhumane treatment of a prisoner of war who was being held there, severely injuring him.

The indictment alleges that Ibrovic and Maksumic committed the crimes in their capacity as policemen with the Public Safety Station in Jablanica, and Hindic as member of the 44th Brigade of the Bosnian Army.

According to Bosnian law, all seven defendants will give their pleas to the charges within the next 15 days.

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Background

Timeline: Cases for War Crimes in Pec Villages

Timeline of events in the case against 13 former Serb fighters charged with committing war crimes in the villages of Cuska, Zahac, Ljubenic and Pavlan in Kosovo in 1999.

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