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Bomb in Stomach

3. March 2014.00:00
At the trial of Vehid Subotic for crimes in Zenica municipality, a medical expert said that a Bosnian State prosecution witness is incapable of coming to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to testify.

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Medical expert Senad Pesto prepared his findings based on the medical documents of the Bosnian prosecutor, and claimed that witness Mirko Kegelj has liver cancer as well as anomalies in his brain and spinal cord.
“From his medical condition, it is clear that he is incapable of living alone. I have concluded that he is unable to drive or testify meaningfully… The burden of driving is too risky for him. It is like he has a bomb in his stomach”, said Pesto.
The expert said that it would be good – if the Court decided to question this witness – to do so, with the presence of a psychologist.
Prosecutor Slavica Terzic asked for the statements Kegelj gave in 2008 and 2011 during the investigation in Sarajevo and Zenica, be read in the courtroom instead, but also claimed she would not object for the witness to be questioned in his home.
The Defence of Subotic, however, objected to the previous statements being read.
“I am worried about the intellectual possibilities of the witness, and he has had this same condition in 2008 and 2011, so I am objecting to these statements”, said lawyer Vukica Marjanovic-Suljic.
Presiding judge Zoran Bozic said that the Bosnian Court would try and organise a special hearing in Kegelj’s home in Busovaca, with the presence of a psychologist, when the witness could be examined.
Subotic, former member of the Seventh Muslim Brigade of the Bosnian Army, is charged with ordering the murder of four men in Janury 1993 in the village of Dusina, not far from Zenica.

Albina Sorguč

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