Female Bosnian Croat Ex-Fighter Appeals Conviction

29. June 2018.10:17
Bosnia’s Constitutional Court will hear an appeal filed by the defence of former Croatian Defence Council fighter Indira Kameric, who was sentenced to four years in prison for crimes against civilian detainees.

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Indira Kameric’s lawyer Lejla Covic told BIRN on Friday that the defence has filed an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the state court’s verdict convicting the former fighter of wartime crimes in Bosanski Brod.

The appeal, which claims that Kameric was not a member of the Croatian Defence Council, the wartime Bosnian Croat armed force, is due to be considered on July 5, Covic said.

“The appeal was filed due to the violation of human rights, considering that Indira Kameric was not a member of any military formation at all and that evidence proving it had been included in the case file, so she could not have been sentenced for war crimes,” Covic explained.

Kamerica was found guilty, as a member of the 101st Bosanski Brod Brigade of the Croatian Defence Council, of participating in the mental and physical abuse of prisoners detained at the FK Polet football stadium in Bosanski Brod in 1992.

However she was acquitted of physically and mentally abusing a detainee at the police station in Bosanski Brod, and of aiding the rapes of female prisoners at the FK Polet stadium.

The four-year sentence handed down was below the legal minimum because Kamerica was young at the time she committed the crimes, and because showed respect towards the victims, said the presiding judge.

Albina Sorguč

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