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INDICTMENT ISSUED AGAINST SEVEN PERSONS FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST PRISONERS OF WAR

29.12.2022. 14:02
 A Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes issued an indictment against: 1. Senad Bužimkić, AKA "Grga", born in 1957 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of BiH, 2. Rizah Fajić, AKA "Faja", born in 1956 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina 3. Almir Sefić, born in 1969 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of BiH 4. Ermin Kadić, born in 1964 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of BiH 5. Amir Patković, AKA "Pače", born in 1969 in Bihać, citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6. Irfo Velagić, AKA "Mekenzi", born in 1966 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of BiH, 7. Suad Nesimović, born in 1971 in Bosanska Krupa, citizen of BiH.
  • INDICTMENT ISSUED AGAINST SEVEN PERSONS FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST PRISONERS OF WAR

 The accused are charged with having, during the war and armed conflict in BiH, in their capacities as commanders and members of the 511th Glorious Mountain Brigade of the ARBiH, acted contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

They are charged with having, during the attack of the RBiH Army on the RS Army positions in the area of Kobiljnjak, Osmača and Ćojluka (Bosanska Krupa municipality), in the period from the second half of May 1995 to the middle of July 1995, captured and taken out of combat operations at least 25 members of the RSA, of which four were immediately killed, and the remaining 21 were taken prisoner and kept under the supervision of the Military Police of the 511th Brigade of the RBiH Army as prisoners of war to whom the provisions of the Geneva Conventions refer. The are charged with having , on several occasions, personally and with other persons, participated in the taking away of prisoners and their killings. Some of the prisoners were killed with firearms, and some of the prisoners were beaten to death with wooden stakes and other objects.

 

In this way, at least 25 captured members of the RS Army were killed.

 

The bodies of the killed prisoners were exchanged and found during 1995 and 1996, and the body of one victim was found in 2004.

 

The accused are charged with having acted contrary to the rules of international humanitarian law, violating the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War

 

by which they committed the criminal offense - War Crimes against Prisoners of War under Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

The prosecution will prove the allegations of the indictment by calling 118 witnesses, of which 6 witnesses with assigned protective measures, 3 expert witnesses and by attaching more than 180 pieces of evidence. The indictment was forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation.

 

 


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