Bosnian Serb Ex-Fighters Tried for Wartime Rape

23. December 2019.15:48
Former fighters Radovan Paprica and Slavko Ognjenovic went on trial in Sarajevo for committing a crime against humanity by raping a woman in a village in the Foca area in 1992. Radovan Paprica, alias Papro, and Slavko Ognjenovic, alias Macak, went on trial at the Bosnian state court on Monday for raping a woman in the village of Miljevina, near Foca, on June 9, 1992.

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They allegedly committed the crime with another man, named only as Nedjo.

The indictment alleges that Ognjenovic took the woman to an empty flat, where she was first raped by Nedjo.

It claims that the woman was about to leave when Ognjenovic arrived, tore her clothes off and raped her again, slapping her several times and telling her not to speak about it to anyone.

The woman was about to leave the flat again, but then Paprica arrived and also raped and slapped her.

The prosecution claims that Paprica told her not to go anywhere, but she managed to flee by jumping out of a window.

Paprica and Ognjenovic have been charged with committing a crime against humanity.

They have been accused of raping the women within a widespread and systematic attack by the military, paramilitary and police forces of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and, later on, those of Republika Srpska.

The first witness is due to testify on January 13.

Marija Taušan

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