News 22 May 12

Trial for Wartime Rape in Vares Continues

A Bosnian State Prosecution witness says at a trial for crimes in Vares that he found out, 15 years later, that the defendants, Muhidin Basic and Mirsad Sijak, raped his wife during the war.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

Witness B told the Trial Chamber of Bosnia’s State Court that his wife mentioned to him, after they had gotten married in 2000, that she was “abused” during the war, but she did not speak about details.

“She would occasionally moan during night,” the witness said, adding that he did not know why it was happening.

As he said, in 1997 or 1998 his wife visited a psychiatrist, who advised her to give a statement to somebody about the things that had happened to her.

“When she gave a statement to the Women Victims of War Association in 2009, she gave it to me to read it, but I did not even read the whole statement,” witness B said.

He said that his wife then told him that  Basic and Sijak raped her in a prison in Vares in 1994, when she visited her brother, who was detained there.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Muhidin Basic and Mirsad Sijak with raping a Croat woman on January 25, 1994.

According to the indictment, Basic was the Chief of the State Security Service Section in Olovo and Sijak was a military policeman with the 122nd Light Brigade of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina at that time.

The trial is due to continue on May 28, 2012.

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