Local Justice – Jovicic: Ten Years in Prison

9. December 2010.00:00
The Appellate Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has partially upheld the appeal filed by the Defence, reducing the sentence against Nemanja Jovicic to ten years in prison for crimes committed in Hadzici municipality in 1992.

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Following the appeal filed by the Defence, the Appellate Chamber revised the verdict passed down by the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo, under which Jovicic was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison.

In November 2010 Jovicic’s Defence filed an appeal on the grounds of “wrongly determined facts”, and asked the Court to revoke the verdict. The Prosecution of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina objected, claiming the appeal was “groundless”.

On April 29, 2010 the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo pronounced a first instance verdict against Nemanja Jovicic, pronouncing him guilty of unlawful abduction, rape, abuse, intimidation and participation in the pillaging of property that belonged to the non-Serb population of Hadzici municipality.

The Criminal Code of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, SFRJ, was applied at the trial conducted before the Cantonal Court.

As per the Supreme Court’s verdict, the time Jovicic has spent in custody, from November 29, 2007 to the date when he will be sent to a prison to serve his sentence, will be calculated towards his sentence.

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Džana Brkanić

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