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Djukic Will Be Released to Liberty

24. January 2014.00:00
The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, accepts, due to the wrong application of law, an appeal filed by Novak Djukic who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for having committed a crime in Tuzlanska Kapija.

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Djukic’s Defence attorney Dusko Tomic said that the Constitutional Court determined that the Criminal Code of BiH was applied in Djukic’s case instead of the former Yugoslav Law.

Tomic said that he expected that Djukic would be released to liberty within the next few days.

“We shall request the Court of BiH to let us present new facts, which we have obtained in the meantime, at this trial. We hope that the Court will allow us to do it, because this is crucial for finding out the truth about the crime in Tuzlanska Kapija and the real perpetrators,” Tomic said.

Djukic, former Commander of the Ozren Tactical Group with the Republika Srpska Army, was found guilty of having ordered an artillery squad to shell Tuzla town from cannons on May 25, 1995.

Several artillery projectiles hit the downtown area, known as Kapija, killing 71 people.

The Constitutional Court has already accepted appeals filed by 13 other war-crimes convicts due to wrong application of law.

Selma Učanbarlić

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