Djelilovic Defense Presents Evidence on Illegal Weapons Confiscated from Hadzici Serbs

14. January 2016.00:00
The trial of eight former members of Bosniak military and police formations charged with war crimes in the Hadzici area continued with the presentation of material evidence by Mustafa Djelilovic’s defense.

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The evidence included documentation on weapons and technical resources confiscated from the Serb population in Tarcin and Pazaric.

Djelilovic, Fadil Covic, Mirsad Sabic, Nezir Kazic, Becir Hujic, Halid Covic, Serif Mesanovic and Nermin Kalember have been charged with committing crimes in the municipality of Hadzici. According to the charges, they were members of military and police authorities as well as managers or guards in detention camps.

They have been charged with unlawful detention, inhumane treatment, physical and mental suffering and transporting detainees to various locations to perform forced labour.

Djelilovic’s defense attorney, Edina Residovic, presented photo documentation of weapons, material and technical resources, along with documentation indicating that they had been confiscated from Serb “extremists with the Serbian Democratic Party in the Tarcin and Pazaric.”

Residovic also presented, among other evidence, documentation on criminal proceedings against Silos detainees as well as criminal reports filed with district prosecution offices in Sarajevo and Mostar referring to the illegal possession of weapons and explosive devices.

Residovic said this evidence was presented in response to counts in the indictment referring to unlawful detention and depriving individuals of their right to a fair trial.

Residovic also presented evidence on the status of the detainees and who had jurisdiction over the detainees in Silos.

Residovic stated that a few pieces of evidence she had presented put into question the credibility of prosecution witnesses.

At the beginning of the hearing, Residovic said she had given up on the presentation of several pieces of evidence. A total of 663 pieces of material evidence have been included in the case file so far.

The state prosecution had no objections against most of the evidence presented, although it described certain documents as irrelevant, illegal and unauthentic.

The trial will continue on January 21, when Fadil Covic’s defense will examine its first witness.

Albina Sorguč

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