Three Bosnian Army Ex-Soldiers Convicted of Wartime Rape

The Bosnian state court sentenced three former members of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina to a total of 16 years in prison for raping a Serb girl in Sarajevo in 1993. The state court on Thursday sentenced Elvir Muminovic to six years in prison and Samir Kesmer and Mirsad Menzilovic to five years in prison each for raping a girl in Sarajevo’s Velesici district in 1993.

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The court found that Muminovic, Kesmer and Menzilovic used force and threats to rape the girl, who testified at the trial under the codename ‘A’ to protect her identity.

The girl, a Serb who was under 18, was living in a part of Sarajevo which was under the control of the Bosniak-led Bosnian Army during the wartime siege of the city.

Presiding judge Zoran Bozic said that the court found that witness A was a civilian, under age, and not a party to the conflict.

“The finding of guilt was based primarily on the testimony of witness A, who testified in detail and clearly described the act. Her testimony is also corroborated by other statements and material evidence,” said Bozic.

The judge ordered the three defendants to pay 25,000 euros in damages to the victim.

The verdict can be appealed.

Emina Dizdarević Tahmiščija

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