The Bosnian state court has outstanding international arrest warrants for 41 people accused of committing wartime crimes including genocide – although some of them are already being tried in Serbia and one has died.
Years after the 1990s wars, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia have continued to slowly prosecute wartime crimes – but with increasing numbers of ageing suspects falling ill or dying, it’s likely that some cases will never see verdicts.
The case against Nenad Bubalo, a former Bosnian Serb Army military policeman accused of participating in the murders of at least five civilians during the Bosnian war in 1992, was closed after he died.
Former Bosnian Serb officer Milomir Savcic, who is on trial for allegedly assisting the Srebrenica genocide, was remanded in custody for breaking a court order by speaking publicly about new legislation banning genocide denial.
A report by a Bosnian Serb-funded commission has claimed the Srebrenica massacres were not genocide and most victims were not civilians – but some of its controversial assertions are contradicted by evidence heard at trials at international courts.
War survivors in Bosanski Samac still remember the brutality of Serbian State Security fighters deployed to their town in 1992, where they committed crimes that eventually led to landmark convictions this week for the security service’s top officials.