Bosnian Army Ex-Officer Retried over Wartime Killings of Croats

18. February 2021.12:20
Enver Buza, wartime commander of a Bosnian Army battalion, is being retried for allegedly failing to discipline his troops for killing 27 Croat civilians in the village of Uzdol in 1993.

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Enver Buza. Photo: BIRN BiH

The retrial of Enver Buza, the former commander of the Bosnian Army’s Independent Prozor Battalion, began on Thursday at the state court in Sarajevo.

Buza is being retried after the first-instance verdict sentencing him to 12 years in prison for wartime crimes was quashed on appeal.

Under the first-instance verdict, which was handed down in September 2019, Buza was found guilty of having had control over a unit that attacked the village of Uzdol in the early morning of September 14, 1993 and killed 27 Croat civilians.

The verdict said that Buza was informed about the crime to a sufficient extent, which obliged him to conduct a thorough investigation. According to the judge, he did not do this because he wanted to cover up the crime.

The retrial continues on March 5.

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