Former reservist policeman Slavko Milovanovic is being retried for alleged crimes against humanity after initially being acquitted of ordering the burning of Bosniaks’ homes in an attack on a village near Srebrenica in May 1992.
The Bosnian state court’s appeals chamber on Thursday began the retrial of Slavko Milovanovic, a former member of the reservist police force at the Public Security Station in the village of Skelani in the Srebrenica municipality, for alleged crimes against humanity.
Milovanovic was initially found not guilty in February this year of going to the village of Resagici on May 8, 1992, accompanied by a group of members of military, paramilitary and police formations, participating in an attack, and giving an order to burn houses which women and children were forced to leave.
The retrial concluded in a single hearing on Thursday.
The indictment was read out, and when Milovanovic was asked if he understood it, he responded that he understood the charges but “there is not the first letter of the truth [in them]”.
The prosecution and the defence suggested the testimony of some witnesses could be repeated and other witnesses called who the court rejected during the first-instance proceedings.
But the appeals chamber rejected their calls for new witnesses to be heard.
“In relation to the proposed witnesses, the [judging] panel finds that is unnecessary to call them, as the circumstances are sufficiently clarified in other statements. They are irrelevant to this case and would delay the proceedings unnecessarily,” said presiding judge Senadin Begtasevic.
After the defence and prosecution said they did not want to change the closing arguments they made at the original trial, the appeals chamber scheduled the verdict for November 15.