Zdravko Samardzija, a former co-commander of a special police unit, is accused of involvement in the persecution, unlawful detention and killing of Bosniak and Croat civilians in the Kotor Varos area during wartime.
The far-right is creating a ‘them against us’ narrative in the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to pick up followers and spread hate. And Balkan states are not immune, according to the findings of a BIRN investigation.
Mendeljev Djuric and Petar Mitrovic, who were sentenced for the Srebrenica genocide, were examined before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina by way of the international legal assistance as defense witnesses at the trial for crimes in the village of Kravica conducted before the Higher Court in Belgrade. They denied having any knowledge of the crime in question.
The Chinese manufacturer of a ‘transport’ ventilator bought by Bosnian officials to treat COVID-19 patients had said publicly, repeatedly, that its product was not for critically-ill patients, but the purchase went ahead anyway, BIRN BiH and Singapore-based The Initium can reveal.
Wartime Bosnian Serb police reservist and army officer Rade Garic was sentenced to 20 years in prison for persecuting Bosniaks from the Vlasenica and Srebrenica areas in 1992 and 1995 in a series of crimes including several murders.
A hearing in a war crimes trial was postponed over confusion caused by changes to the criminal code imposed by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international overseer to ban the denial of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Survivors of the Srebrenica massacres welcomed the decision by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international overseer to impose legislation to ban the denial of genocide and war crimes, but some Bosnian Serbs vowed to defy it.
Taking advantage of slack rules, professors from Serbia are teaching in Bosnia’s Serb-led entity as well – even if they have already met their work quotas at Serbian faculties, or lack a licence to teach abroad, BIRN can reveal.