Srebrenica Genocide Trial Postponed Due to Absence of Witness

9. November 2015.00:00
The trial of three defendants charged with participating in the Srebrenica genocide has been postponed due to the failure of a state prosecution witness to appear in court.

Trial chamber chair Minka Kreho said the witness support section of the state court had been unable to contact the witness. She said she didn’t know whether the witness had been properly informed about the hearing, and added that the state prosecution should contact witnesses prior to inviting them to the trial.

Prosecutor Predrag Tomic said members of the State Investigation and Protection Agency were tasked with contacting the witness, but were unable to reach him.

Miodrag Josipovic, Branimir Tesic, Dragomir Vasic, Danilo Zoljic and Radomir Pantic have been charged with genocide in Srebrenica. According to the indictment, they forcibly resettled civilians and also captured and executed men and boys.

According to the charges, Josipovic was the chief of the public safety station in the area. Tesic was the deputy commander of the police station in Bratunac. Vasic was the commander of the police headquarters in Zvornik. Zoljic was the commander of special units at a public safety center. Pantic was the commander of the First Company of the special units.

The trial will continue on November 24.

Albina Sorguč