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Safet Kovacevic Sentenced to One Year in Plea Deal

28. December 2015.00:00
Following the signing of a guilty-plea agreement, the Cantonal Court in Bihac sentenced Safet Kovacevic to one year in prison for mistreating prisoners of war in 1995.

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Kovacevic, a former military policeman with the Fifth Corps of the Bosnian Army, admitted to participating in the March 1995 beating and abuse of Serb prisoners of war.

Kovacevic was sentenced for beating the prisoners of war on March 11, 1995, acting in collaboration with other other members of military police, using police batons, rifle butts, hands and legs. He also forced them to sing a song called “My Bosnia“ enroute to a prisoner exchange.

The Bihac court accepted the one-year prison sentence proposed in the agreement.

In July 2014 Kovacevic was sentenced to 18 months in prison for this crime, but the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina quashed the verdict and ordered a retrial.

Kovacevic originally stood trial with former military policemen Husein Begic and Muhamed Anadolac.

The Supreme Court of the Federation of BiH confirmed the verdict of release against Begic, while the verdict against Anadolac was quashed. Anadolac is awaiting the beginning of a new trial before the Cantonal Court in Bihac.

Dženita Duraković

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