Kornjaca: Custody Termination Requested

30. August 2012.11:44
The Defence of Milun Kornjaca, who is charged with crimes committed in Cajnice, requests the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to terminate custody of the indictee and pronounce prohibiting measures against him, while the State Prosecution objects to the proposal.

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Milana Borovcanin–Bulic, Defence attorney of Milun Kornjaca, requested the termination of custody, saying that prohibiting measures would ensure the indictee’s presence.

“My client has been in custody for two-and-a-half years. Extending his custody would, in some way, mean inhumane treatment and torture of my client. He will agree to any prohibiting measures, except for a ban on moving from his house to the Dispensary in Cajnice,” said Borovcanin-Bulic.

She pointed out that, by releasing Kornjaca to liberty, neither the public nor the public order and peace would be disturbed.

State Prosecutor Dzevad Murabegovic said that he considers that indictee Milun Kornjaca’s presence at the trial can only be ensured through a custody measure.

“The indictee’s health is not the reason for terminating his custody. I consider that there is still a fear that the indictee’s release to liberty would disturb the public and the public order,” Muratbegovic said.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina will render its decision at a later stage.

Milun Kornjaca, former Commander of the “Blue Eagles” paramilitary unit, is charged with having participated in the persecution of Bosniaks from the Cajnice area and the murder of 11 civilians at Mostina on May 19, 1992.

Kornjaca did not attend the hearing at which the custody termination motion was discussed.

The trial is due to continue on September 3.

Albina Sorguč

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