Bosnian Serb Officer Convicted of Srebrenica Genocide

31. March 2017.12:46
Former Bosnian Serb Army officer Ostoja Stanisic was sentenced to 11 years in prison for assisting the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995, but his deputy was acquitted.

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The state court in Sarajevo on Friday found Ostoja Stanisic, the former commander of the Sixth Battalion of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Zvornik Brigade, guilty of involvement in the shooting of more than 700 Bosniak men and boys from Srebrenica in July 1995.

The Bosniaks were shot dead on the Petkovci dam, near the village of Djulici in the Zvornik municipality. They were among more than 7,000 who were killed after Srebrenica fell to Bosnian Serb forces.

Under the same verdict, Stanisic’s deputy Marko Milosevic was acquitted of all charges.

In a short statement, the court said that the prosecution proved Stanisic’s guilt and that the 11-year sentence was an adequate punishment.

“It represents society’s condemnation of this act,” said presiding judge Stanisa Gluhajic.

The court said that it had seen enough evidence to conclude that Stanisic “had information about all the events and assisted in the extermination plan of Bosniaks from Srebrenica”.

Discussing Milosevic’s acquittal, the court noted that although the prosecution offered evidence to conclude that Milosevic was indeed Stanisic’s deputy and was present at the Petkovci dam, where the killings happened, it not present a single piece evidence that Stanisic “transferred any authority [for the shootings] to his deputy”.

The verdict can be appealed.

Džana Brkanić

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