In April 1993, on one of the most tragic days of the Bosnian war, 116 Bosniaks were murdered in the village of Ahmici and 22 Croats were killed in the village of Trusina. Thirty years on, survivors are still mourning.
Bosnia’s state court confirmed the indictment of five former guards at the Trnopolje, Keraterm and Omarska wartime detention camps on charges that include torture, murder and allowing the rape of inmates.
For years, those suffering from PTSD have felt abandoned and forgotten while dealing with their traumas. Then the pandemic and war in Europe began, intensifying the loneliness and old nightmares which they thought to have suppressed.
BIRN has obtained documents showing why Bosnian prosecutors haven’t filed a single indictment a year and a half after a legal ban on denying the Srebrenica genocide and glorifying war criminals was imposed.
Thirty years have passed since Bosnian Army troops detained and assaulted Croat and Serb prisoners in a music school basement in Zenica. In the Hague Tribunal archives, BIRN found names of suspected perpetrators who never stood trial.
The Serbian judiciary has taken over the prosecution of Milorad Kotur, who is accused of involvement in killing over 50 Bosniaks and Croats, and Lazar Mutlak, who is charged with raping and sexually abusing a Bosniak woman.
The Bosnian prosecution charged 15 former guards with crimes against civilians and prisoners of war who were detained at the Military-Investigative Prison in Banja Luka, known as Mali Logor, from 1992 to 1995.
The Bosnian prosecution charged two former Territorial Defence fighters with attacking Serb civilians near Kotor Varos in 1992 and a former policeman with violence against Bosniaks in the Foca area the same year.