Haris Rovčanin

6. August 2020.

Local judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often criticised for imposing low penalties for returnees from foreign battlefields. Several European countries began trying former fighters for terrorism and war crimes, increasing the sentences handed down to them. We have analysed what needs to be done by domestic judicial institutions to start prosecuting such crimes, what needs to be done to collect evidence and why experts consider that the Bosnian judiciary is ready.


20. April 2020.

<div class="btArticleExcerpt">The Bosnian state court refused to confirm an indictment charging former Bosnian Serb Army soldier Tadija Mitrovic with crimes against humanity for killing a civilian in the Bratunac area in May 1992.</div> <div class="btArticleBody portfolioBody btTextLeft"> <div class="bt_bb_wrapper"> <div class="boldRow"> <div class="rowItem col-sm-12 btTextLeft"> <div class="btArticleContentWrap"> <div class="btArticleContent"> <div class="btArticleBody portfolioBody btTextLeft"> <div class="bt_bb_wrapper"> The Bosnian state court told BIRN that it has rejected the indictment charging Tadija Mitrovic with crimes against humanity during the war in 1992 because there are not sufficient grounds to suspect that he committed the crime.


9. April 2020.
Interpol issued a ‘red notice’ advising countries worldwide to detain former Bosnian Serb fighter Dusan Spasojevic, who absconded during his trial for raping a Bosniak woman during the war in May 1992.

A ‘red notice’ has been issued by Interpol to alert countries around the world that former Territorial Defence fighter Dusan Spasojevic, who has both Serbian and Bosnian citizenship, is wanted in Bosnia and Herzegovina for war crimes against civilians.

Spasojevic went on trial in February last year, accused of raping a Bosniak woman at an elementary school that was being used as a detention facility in the village of Malesici in the Zvornik municipality in May 1992.

He allegedly entered a classroom in which detainees were being held and took the woman out under the pretext of bringing food for her baby. He then raped her behind the school building, the indictment claims.

Spasojevic is also on trial in a separate case, along with six other people, accused of committing crimes against humanity in the village of Jusici, near Zvornik between April and December 1992.

The indictment alleges that the men were involved in the murders of at least 48 people, and in attacking the village and persecuting its Bosniak residents.

Spasojevic failed to appear for a hearing in the rape case at the Bosnian state court in early March, and his defence lawyer Nenad Rubez said that he was told by the defendant’s relatives that he had absconded.

“My opinion is that he is in Serbia,” Rubez said.

Spasojevic then failed to appear for a hearing a week later in the other case against him.