Ejup Ganic, a Bosniak former political leader who was a member of Bosnia’s presidency during the war, will go on trial next month for his alleged role in a deadly attack on Yugoslav troops in Sarajevo in 1992.
Predrag Kujundzic, the wartime commander of the Predini Vukovi (Predo’s Wolves) unit, who was serving a 17-year sentence for the persecution, rape and unlawful detention of civilians, died in hospital in Doboj in Bosnia.
Accepting that genocide was committed against Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995 is necessary if there is to be meaningful post-war reconciliation, the new head of the UN court in The Hague, Graciela Gatti Santana, tells BIRN.
At the end of July, exactly one year will have passed since former High Representative Valentin Inzko imposed amendments to the law, banning the denial of genocide and war crimes and the glorification of war criminals. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina has analysed whether and to what extent denial of genocide and war crimes has decreased, why no indictments have been filed despite dozens of criminal complaints, and how difficult it is to prove the glorification of war criminals or genocide denial. We spoke to victims of genocide and other war crimes to see how the glorification of those responsible for persecution, murders and genocide affects their lives.
Public denials of the Srebrenica genocide have decreased significantly in the year since a ban was imposed on denying war crimes and glorifying their perpetrators, although prosecutors have yet to bring anyone to court.
Jail sentences handed down to wartime fighters Senad Dzananovic and Edin Gadzo for unlawfully detaining and assaulting Serbs during the siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in 1992 were confirmed after an appeal.
Bosnian war survivors and international organisations criticised a decision by Sarajevo’s Novi Grad municipality to name a street after general Mehmed Alagic, who died before the end of his trial at the Hague Tribunal.
Bosnian Serb ex-policeman Radomir Stojnic, who was on trial for involvement in the mass killings of Bosniaks in the village of Zecovi near Prijedor in 1992, became the second defendant to die during the long-running case.