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Bosnia’s State Court. Photo: BIRN BiH
The Bosnian state prosecution said on Monday that it has indicted Ratko Vujovic, Ljubomir Vlacic, Vitomir Pepic, Milovan Ognjenovic, Goran Viskovic, Zeljko Dupljanin and Vlastimir Golijanin for intentionally providing assistance to members of a joint criminal enterprise involved in the commission of genocide against Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995.
The men have been charged as wartime commanders or soldiers of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Drina Corps military police, Bircan Brigade and Tenth Reconnaissance Squad.
They are accused of participating in the capture of Bosniak men and boys who were fleeing the fall of Srebrenica to the Bosnian Serb Army.
The Bosniaks were captured in the Sekovici and Vlasenica municipalities between July 15 and 23, 1995.
They have also been charged with participating in locking the captives up in the Susica prison and other facilities, then tying them up and transporting them to three locations where they were shot dead.
“The shooting and killing of 20 victims was committed in the said way at the Pola pit location (Hasimova Rupa), 39 victims [were killed] at the Bisina-Dolina Krajevi location, and six victims, including one woman, at the Jarovlje-Piskavica location,” the prosecution said in a statement.
“The victims’ bodies were found, exhumed and identified after the war, so the identity of all 65 people killed at those three locations is known,” it added.
Two of the indictees have already been convicted of wartime crimes.
Viskovic was convicted of crimes against humanity in Vlasenica and Milici in 1992 and 1993, and given a cumulative sentence of 20 years in prison.
Golijanin was sentenced to 15 years for genocide for involvement in the murders of Bosniaks from Srebrenica at Branjevo Farm in 1995.
The indictment has been forwarded to the state court for confirmation.