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28 Mar 17

Prosecutors Demand Longer Sentences for Bosnian Croat Leaders

Prosecutors asked the Hague Tribunal to increase the jail sentences of six Bosnian Croat leaders accused of wartime crimes in the unrecognised statelet of Herzeg-Bosna to a total of 220 years.

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28 Mar 17

US Jails Bosnian Ex-Soldier for War Crimes Lies

A former Bosnian Army soldier was jailed for 18 months and had his US citizenship revoked for lying to immigration officials about his role in crimes committed during the war.

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27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Official Denies Mass Prisoner Abuses

Berislav Pusic, the head of the wartime Bosnian Croat prisoner exchange commission, appealed against his conviction, arguing he was not responsible for crimes against Bosniak detainees in 1993 and 1994.

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27 Mar 17

Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in Bosnia

A special papal envoy is to spend months among the clergy in Medjugorje, the disputed Marian shrine in Bosnia, which visited by hundreds of thousands of Catholics each year but which the Vatican has never officially recognised.

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24 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Military Police Chief Challenges Conviction

The wartime commander of the Bosniak Croat military police force, Valentin Coric, jailed by the Hague Tribunal for 16 years for war crimes against Bosniaks, appealed against his conviction.

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24 Mar 17

Bosnia Court Indicts 16 for RS Banking Scam

A court has confirmed an indictment against 16 people accused of issuing illegal loans and guarantees on behalf of a defunct bank in the mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska.

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23 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Deputy Commander Denies Ethnic Cleansing

Former Croatian Defence Council deputy commander Milivoje Petkovic appealed at the Hague Tribunal against his 20-year prison sentence for wartime crimes against Bosniaks.

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23 Mar 17

Bosnian Defence Official Fired Over Serb Troop Display

Bosnia’s parliament dismissed a deputy defence minister who agreed to allow an army regiment to attend a Bosnian Serb ‘statehood day’ celebration that had been banned by the Constitutional Court.

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23 Mar 17

Bosnia Mulls Sacking Defence Minister Over Serb Celebration

Parliament is to discuss whether to oust the defence minister and her deputies over Bosnian Army troops’ controversial presence at a banned Bosnian Serb ‘statehood day’ celebration in January.

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23 Mar 17

Bosnia, Croatia Asked to Help With Payment of Hague Defendant’s €2.8m Debt

The Hague Tribunal asked Bosnia and Croatia to help with payment of the 2.8 million euro defence debt of Bosnian Croat ex-military chief Slobodan Praljak, who is currently appealing against his war crimes conviction.

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22 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Military Chief Appeals for Acquittal

Slobodan Praljak, the former chief of the Croatian Defence Council’s Main Headquarters, appealed against his conviction for war crimes against Bosniaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 and 1994.

bosnian-croat-ex-defence-chief-appeals-against-conviction-03-21-2017
21 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Defence Chief Appeals Against Conviction

Bruno Stojic, former defence minister of the unrecognised Bosnian Croat wartime statelet of Herzeg-Bosna, denied involvement in a joint criminal enterprise to create a greater Croatian state in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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21 Mar 17

Ratko Mladic Asks for Hospital Treatment in Russia

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic has asked for temporary release from detention in The Hague to go for treatment in Russia because of a “potentially life-threatening condition”.

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21 Mar 17

Bosnian Police Officials’ War Crimes Trial Opens

Dragan Vikic, the wartime commander of interior ministry police units in Sarajevo, and Jusuf Pusina, a former Bosnian interior ministry official, went on trial over the killing of eight prisoners of war in 1992.

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21 Mar 17

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports of an alleged global financial scheme to launder over $20 billion of suspect money from Russian banks have linked Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to some of the dubious transactions.

Premium

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28 Mar 17

No Deradicalisation Schemes for Bosnian Terror Convicts

Because of a lack of resources, Bosnians convicted of fighting for radical Islamist groups abroad are not helped to ‘deradicalise’ in jail or to reintegrate into society after their release.

28 Mar 17

The Pope Can’t Stop Medjugorje Now

22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

Business

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15 Mar 17

Bosnia Farmers Fear Effects of EU Trade Agreement

Bosnia’s farmers fear the new trade deal with the EU could wipe out domestic farmers - who have been left face the full force of EU competition without support and protection from their government. 

24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles

Culture and Lifestyle

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08 Mar 17

Bosnian Army’s Role in Croatian General Movie Criticised

Serb war veterans condemned the Bosnian Army’s decision to allow a production company to use its tanks and military equipment to shoot a film about the life of controversial Croatian general Ante Gotovina.