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As per a decision made by the Appellate Chamber of the State Court, the two cases have been separated due to the fact that Mucibabic is receiving medical treatment at the General Hospital in Nevesinje, so it is uncertain when he will be able to attend the trial again.
“The Chamber recognised the fact that Krsto Savic is in custody as another important reason. The duration of the custody has to be reduced to the minimal necessary period of time.
“In this concrete case, it is uncertain when indictee Milko Mucibabic will be released from hospital and when his attendance and participation at the trial held before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be ensured,” the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina said in its decision.
The case separation decision was rendered on the basis of a proposal made by Savic’s Defence. The State Prosecution did not object to the proposal.
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed that it will not give up on the criminal prosecution of Mucibabic due to his poor health condition, and the trial will resume when he is able to attend.
In March 2009, the Court rendered a first instance verdict sentencing Savic to 20 years in prison for his participation in crimes committed in Gacko, Bileca, Nevesinje and Kalinovik. Mucibabic was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for his assistance in the commission of crimes in Nevesinje during the course of 1992 and the illicit trade of weapons.
The first instance verdict was revoked in June 2010, when the Appellate Chamber of the State Court ordered a retrial. The retrial began in November this year.