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Local Judiciary – Tuzla: No complaints of harassment

28. December 2012.00:00
At the trial for war crimes in the village of Smoluca in the municipality of Lukavac, a witness for the Tuzla Cantonal Prosecution described the living conditions of Bosniak prisoners and testified to their visitors.

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Witness Aleksandar Jovic repeatedly stated that the prisoners, who were captured as members of the Territorial Defense of Tinj, never complained of harassment and that he did not notice any injuries on them.“They were treated well, to the best of our ability. No one ever complained,” said Jovic, a former guard.When Prosecutor Alma Dzaferovic asked the witness who visited the prison facility on the day in question he stated that Milorad Cvijanovic (son of Milan) and Svetomir Ilic, former commander of the military police, visited around that day.“One of them had a bat. It was normal to have them around. They were authorized,” stated the witness.Milorad Cvijanovic-Micko, Milorad Cvijanovic (son of Milan), Svetomir Ilic and Vaso Ilic are accused of crimes committed in Smoluca.According to the indictment, they are charged, as members of the Territorial Defence of Army of Republika Srpska, for war crimes against prisoners in Lukavac in June and July of 1992.The Prosecutor’s office of the Tuzla Canton ordered Alija Sutovic, a court expert, to evaluate the health of victim Nadil Poljakovic.Sutovic revealed that Poljakovic was diagnosed with four different disorders. He also stated that, as a result of the mistreatment he experienced while imprisoned, Poljakovic suffered from what is known as “mortal fear.”The trial will continue on 4 January.

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