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Bosniak Fighters Jailed for Prijedor Killings

17. July 2014.00:00
Former Bosniak fighters Semir Alukic and Fikret Hirkic were convicted of killing two Serb civilians and attempting to murder two others near Prijedor in 1992.

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The district court in Banja Luka on Thursday sentenced Alukic to 12 years in prison and Hirkic to seven years for the wartime crimes against civilians in the villages of Kozarac and Podgradje near Prijedor.

According to the verdict, Alukic and five other fighters killed a man by shooting at his car in Kozarac on August 29, 1992, then burned the vehicle.

Alukic and Hirkic were both convicted of shooting at Serb houses in Podgradje, killing one man and trying to kill two women, who managed to escape.

The presiding judge said the court accepted as mitigating circumstances the fact that the defendants have families, the crime took place long time ago and the men behaved properly during the trial.

As aggravating circumstances, the judges took into account the fact they burned the bodies after the killings.

The verdict can be appealed at the supreme court of Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska.

Goran Obradović

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