Srebrenica Trial Postponed, Wrong Witness Appeared in Court

3. February 2016.00:00
A trial involving the Srebrenica genocide has been postponed, as the wrong state prosecution witness appeared in court at today’s hearing.

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The witness was expected to testify at the trial of Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic, charged with killing approximately 1,000 Srebrenica residents on a dam near Petkovci in mid-July 1995. The indictment alleges that the captured Srebrenica residents were detained in a new school building in Petkovci prior to being killed.

According to the charges, Stanisic was the commander of the Sixth Battalion of the Zvornicka Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army, while Milosevic was his deputy.

When the trial chamber announced that the witness had appeared in court, state prosecutor Predrag Tomic said a mistake had been made. A witness with the same name and place of residence as the intended witness had been invited to the hearing.

Tomic said the mix up had probably happened because the witnesses lived in a small place. He said they had had problems with delivering invitations to the intended witness, due to his health problems.

The trial will continue on February 10.

Srđan Kureljušić

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