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Mikulic: Death after blow

27. April 2012.00:00
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina finished its additional evidence hearing in the proceedings against Drazen Mikulic, who is charged with crimes in the Dretelj camp, with the report from the expert witness which says that one of the camp prisoners died “most probably” from a blow.

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Hamza Zujo, forensic expert, presented a report on the autopsy of bodies found at the Kapica Harem grave site, and talked about the possible causes of death of Emir Repak.

“During the autopsy of this body we did not find dents on bones, but I do not rule out a possibility of death caused by soft tissue damage,” said the expert, and explained that the death could ensue if the victim suffered a blow to the head coming from a board or fists.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charged Mikulic, from early July to late August 1993, as a member of the military police of Croatian Defence Council, with inhumane treatment of civilians imprisoned in Dretelj.

The indictment specifies that Mikulic, alone or with other persons, on several occasions took part in torture of prisoners in a vicious, brutal and humiliating way, causing civilians severe bodily and emotional damages, which in some cases resulted in death.

Prosecutor Remzija Smailagic entered additional exhibits into evidence received from the Croatian Memorial Documentation Centre in Zagreb on March 26, 2012, which the defendant’s Defence objected to, explaining that the evidence was inadmissible because of the source from which it was taken, as well as because some of the evidence did not even have a stamp or signature.

Prosecutor Smailagic entered into evidence a daily report by the Military Police in Capljina from July 3, 1993, which says that maintaining security in the camp was difficult, and additional manpower was requested.

“This document does not confirm the defendant’s alibi, because Mikulic said he was on leave at the time, while the witnesses confirmed he was in the camp,” said the prosecutor.

Davor Martinovic, the defendant’s lawyer, said that the prosecutor was interpreting the evidence incorrectly, and that Mikulic was on assignment, but at the heliport.

The Defence confirmed it had no additional evidence and the trial was scheduled to resume at May 10, 2012, when the Trial Chamber would once again call witness for the Prosecution Semir Balavac, as well as Safet Ratkusic, investigator for the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA).


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