The person deprived of liberty is Željko Marić (1969), as he is subject to investigation for war crimes committed against the captured civilians and members of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of Vareš, in 1993.
Following the questioning of the suspects, the Prosecutor in charge of the case will put forward a Motion with the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina seeking the measure of custody to be ordered against all of the eight suspects, who were deprived of liberty yesterday.
The suspects are charged with war crimes against prisoners of war and war crimes against civilian population, which were committed by killing at least twelve (12) captured members of Croatian Defence Council (HVO) from Šafradin who had previously surrendered and laid down their arms, as well as by killing two women of Croatian ethnicity, on 22 December 1993.
The Chief Prosecutor at the ICTY / IRMCT, Serge Brammertz, visited the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH and met with the Acting Chief Prosecutor of the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, Gordana Tadić, and the officials of the Special Department for War Crimes in the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH.
In this case, the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) have established significant international cooperation with partner institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes in charge of this case has been informed by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina that the Indictment has been confirmed in its entirety, as well as that the next hearing in the case has been scheduled for 31 October this year.