Archive for April, 2014

Bosnia Develops Protocol on Wartime Sexual Violence

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Comments Off

The proposed new international protocol on documenting and investigating wartime sexual violence will utilise Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 20 years of experience in dealing with sensitive cases.

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Bosnian Fighter ‘Threatened Five-Year-Old Child’ at School

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Comments Off

A witness accused former Croatian Defence Council fighter Perica Adzic, on trial for mistreating prisoners of war at a school in Zepce, of threatening him and the child with a pistol.

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Bosnian Security Minister Axed Over Protests

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian parliament’s House of Peoples on Tuesday confirmed the dismissal of Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic, citing his responsibility for the unrest in February.

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Bosniak Soldier Denies Deadly Trusina Village Attack

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Comments Off

Nihad Bojadzic, the former deputy commander of the Bosnian Army’s Zulfikar Squad, said that he did not lead a wartime attack on the village of Trusina, where 22 Croats were killed.

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Hague Prosecutor Calls for Urgency in Bosnia War Cases

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Comments Off

The Hague Tribunal’s chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz told BIRN that he was disappointed with slow progress in war crimes investigations transferred from the international court for trial in Bosnia.

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Bosnian Serb’s Srebrenica Retrial Plea Rejected

Monday, April 28, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian state court rejected a request for the retrial of Mendeljev Djuric, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for assisting the commission of genocide in Srebrenica.

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Bosnian Serb Party Demands Broadcasting Regulator Post

Monday, April 28, 2014 Comments Off

A Bosnian Serb party said the new chief of the country’s Communications Regulatory Agency should be a Serb, but the minister responsible insisted that ethnicity should not be an issue.

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Bosnian Serb War Crimes Suspect Arrested

Monday, April 28, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested Gligor Begovic on suspicion of the torture, sexual abuse and beating of Bosniak civilians at the wartime Batkovic jail camp.

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Prisoner Recalls Beatings by Bosnian Army Soldier

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Comments Off

A former detainee said he was repeatedly beaten in captivity by Nedzad Hodzic, one of two Bosniak ex-servicemen accused of wartime crimes on Mount Igman.

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Bosnia De-Mining Boss Grilled Over Corruption Claims

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Comments Off

Dusan Gavran, head of the country’s centre for removing mines, BHMAC, has been questioned over claims that he misused his public position and was engaged in corruption.

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Bosnian Serb Fighters ‘Admitted Kalinovik School Killings’

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Comments Off

The trial of three former Bosnian Serb fighters was told that at least one of them admitted killing people at a primary school where Bosniaks were detained in Kalinovik in 1992.

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Serbia Extradites War Crimes Suspect to Bosnia

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Prosecutors in Bihac in northwest Bosnia said that Milutin Babic, from Kljuc, suspected of war crimes in Bosanski Petrovac, had been extradited from Serbia.

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Long Jail Term Sought for Edin Dzeko

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian State Prosecution, in its closing arguments, called for former Bosnian Army fighter Edin Dzeko to receive a long sentence for crimes committed against Bosnian Croats in Konjic and Jabhlanica in 1993.

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Bosniaks and Croats Unveil Joint Plan For Mostar

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The two main Bosniak and Croat parties in Mostar said they would work together on economic issues in the city, putting aside their political disputes over the voting system.

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Prosecution Seeks Sijekovac Massacre Conviction

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

In its closing arguments at the trial for crimes committed in Bosanski Brod, the prosecution said Zemir Kovacevic should be found guilty of killing, looting and the illegally arrest of Bosnian Serb civilians in 1992.

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Plenums Tell Bosnia Federation Govt to Quit

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The ‘plenum of all plenums’, meeting in Sarajevo, demanded the resignation of the Federation entity government as well as a review of all privatization agreements.

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Seven Plead Not Guilty to Kotor Varos Crimes

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Seven Bosnian Serb defendants pleaded not guilty on Wednesday before the Bosnian State Court for war crimes committed in Kotor Varos in 1992.

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Bosnian Croat Sentenced for Dretelj Camp Abuse

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The Appellate Chamber of the Bosnian State Court sentenced a former member of the Croatian Defence Council, HVO, Drazen Mikulic, to a year-and-a-half in prison for crimes against a Bosniak civilian held in the Dretelj camp, near Capljina, in 1993.

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Dig Near Donji Vakuf Fails to Yield Mass Grave

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

No remains of victims from the 1990s war from the Prijedor area have been found at Oborci locality, near Donji Vakuf, after two days of digging.

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Restoration of Sarajevo’s Iconic City Hall Nearly Over

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

More than two decades since it was burned down in the Bosnian Serb siege of the city, the Vijecnica, or City Hall, is preparing to reopen this summer.

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Bosnian Serb Officer Jailed for Prisoner Abuse

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A court in Bijeljina sentenced former Bosnian Serb Army officer Velimir Popovic to five years in jail for violently abusing prisoners of war at the Ugljevik detention camp.

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Serbia Ruling Party Backs Republika Srpska Opposition

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The vice-president of the Serbian Progressive Party said that it would not forget the support it has received from Republika Srpska’s opposition Serb Democratic Party.

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Bosniak Recalls Wife’s Murder in Kokino Selo

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A witness told the war crimes trial of Bosnian Serb ex-fighter Dragan Sekaric how his wife was killed while trying to escape an attack on the village of Kokino Selo near Gorazde in May 1992.

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Hague Tribunal Rejects Ratko Mladic’s Acquittal Plea

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The international court turned down former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s request to quash the genocide and war crime charges against him midway through his trial.

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EU Ministers Slate Separatist Talk in Bosnia

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

After the EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed Bosnia on Monday, it said separatist rhetoric must go and politicians need to focus more on economic development and jobs.

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Bosnian Croat Fighters Indicted for Kiseljak Torture

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Four ex-members of the Croatian Defence Council, whose arrests sparked a protest in Kiseljak, are accused of the torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners of war in 1993.

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Bosnian Croat’s Prozor Murder and Torture Trial Opens

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Former Croatian Defence Council fighter Nikola Maric is accused of involvement in the detentions, persecution and killings of Bosniaks in the Prozor area in 1992 and 1993.

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Bosnian Serb ‘Blue Eagles’ Fighter Denies Killings

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Former fighter Milun Kornjaca, accused of the imprisonment, torture and murder of Bosniaks in the Cajnice area in 1992, told the court that he had nothing to do with any of the crimes.

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Bosniak Soldier Jailed for Jablanica Woman’s Murder

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Former Bosnian Army serviceman Zehrudin Scuk was sentenced to six years in prison for killing a female civilian in the village of Krkaca near Jablanica in 1993.

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Bosniak Woman Recalls Husband’s Abduction by Serb Fighters

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A Bosniak woman told the war crimes trial of three former Bosnian Serb fighters that her husband was taken from a primary school in Kalinovik in 1992 and killed.

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Sarajevo To Honour Much Loved Pope With Statue

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A statue of the late Pope John Paul II is to be erected in Sarajevo on April 30 as a way of paying tribute to a man that many Sarajevans remember as a peacemaker.

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Bosnian Serbs Shrug off Row Over Residency Checks

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Leaders of the Serbian entity in Bosnia have dismissed claims that a new decree on checking people’s residence targets any specific ethnic group or returnees.

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Bosnia Arrests Four Croat War Crimes Suspects

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested four former Croat fighters on suspicion that they committed war crimes including rape in the Odzak area in 1992.

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Controversial Ex-Yu Facebook Group Pops Up Again

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A Facebook group, featuring half-naked photographs of underage girls from all over former Yugoslavia, and which was shut down, has reappeared.

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Bosnian Serb Leadership ‘Ordered Srebrenica Prisoners’ Deaths’

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The mass murders of Bosniaks from Srebrenica were committed as a result of a “command from the top”, the genocide trial of former Serb fighter Aleksandar Cvetkovic was told.

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