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Verdict against Radojkovic Due January 24

17. January 2014.00:00
The District Court in Bijeljina is due to pronounce a verdict against Dejan Radojkovic, who is charged with crimes in the Srebrenica area in July 1995, on Friday, January 24.

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In its closing statement the Bijeljina District Prosecution requested the Court to pronounce Radojkovic guilty and sentence him to “an adequate sentence” for having killed one person, while the Defence requested the Court to acquit the indictee of charges.

Radojkovic, former Commander of the Third Squad with the Special Brigade of Republika Srpska, RS, police, is charged with having opened a burst of gun fire, just like other members of his Squad, at several Bosniak men, who were trying to run away from Srebrenica in 1995. This allegedly happened while they were guarding the trunk road between Bratunac and Konjevic Polje.

The indictment alleges that, on that occasion one person was wounded and left, while moaning and crying for help, without medical assistance in a trench next to the road during the night. It further alleges that, in the morning Radojkovic went back to that place and killed the captive by firing a bullet from his rifle.

District Prosecutor Muris Sabic said that testimony by Ratko Varenika, who “indirectly associated” Radojkovic with murders of Bosniaks in Srebrenica, was the key one.

“Considering the level of evidence, the only statement, indirectly indicating that the indictee participated in the mentioned event, is the one given by Ratko Varenika. I consider that you should trust Varenika, as his statement is the reason why the Prosecution believes that the indictee committed the murder described in the indictment, that he should be pronounced guilty and that an adequate sentence should be pronounced against him,” the Prosecutor said.

On the other hand, Defence attorney Nenad Rubez said that none of the District Prosecution witnesses associated Radojkovic with the murder and that the only possible verdict would be a verdict of release.

“The indictment alleges that the murder happened in Sandici, but, during the trial it was determined that Radojkovic was stationed in Konjevic Polje. Besides that, witness Aleksandar Przulj clearly explained that a shooting happened while they were guarding the road, and that one person was wounded, but he received medical assistance prior to being handed over to the Republika Srpska Army,” Rubez said.

The trial of Radojkovic began in January last year.

Boris Sekulić

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