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Local Justice: Truth Is the Only Way Forward

28. January 2011.00:00
At a meeting with representatives of the Una-Sana Cantonal Prosecution and police on Friday, victims from the Kljuc area expressed their satisfaction with the efforts of those institutions in finding and processing war crimes perpetrators.

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Victims from the Kljuc area said that the meeting participants discussed future activities related to prosecuting those responsible for war crimes.

“We are satisfied with the work of the Cantonal Prosecution and police, but, in our opinion, the processing of war crimes in Kljuc municipality is a slow process. We would like to speed up that process, because it will take another 20 years to prosecute all of the crimes at the current pace…

“We would like to get to the truth as soon as possible, because that is the only way to go forward,” Nijaz Delic said.

Delic said that it was necessary to form a State Court section in Bihac in order to “speed up the processing of war crimes”, adding that the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina should intensify its work on cases pertaining to the Kljuc area.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has so far delivered one verdict for crimes committed in Kljuc, and another trial is underway.

The Court passed down a second instance verdict sentencing Marko Samardzija, former Commander of the Third Squad with Sanica Battalion, to seven years in prison for crimes committed in the Kljuc area. Samardzija died while serving his prison sentence.

Marko Adamovic and Bosko Lukic, former high-level military officials from Kljuc, are currently on trial before the State Court. Meanwhile, the trial of Vinko Kondic, former Chief of the Public Safety Station in Kljuc, was discontinued due to the indictee’s health condition. Kondic suffers from Parkinson’s disease. His trial will continue once his “health condition has improved”.



This article is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.) The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of Balkan investigative reporting network (BIRN) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 

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