The Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal filed by Zoran Babic against his cumulative 35-year sentence for crimes committed in Prijedor, concluding that his right to a fair defence had not been violated.
Bosnia’s state court increased the sentences imposed on former Bosnian Serb policemen Zoran Babic and Darko Mrdja to a total of 55 years for murders and other crimes against Bosniaks in the Prijedor area in 1992.
The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court ruled on Friday that sentences imposed on the two former Bosnian Serb policemen should be amalgamated, and that Zoran Babic should serve 35 years and Darko Mrdja 20 years.
Former Bosnian Serb policemen Darko Mrdja and Zoran Babic were sentenced to 15 years in prison each for murders and other crimes against Bosniaks in the Prijedor area in 1992.
The Bosnian state court on Friday found ex-policemen Darko Mrdja and Zoran Babic guilty of participating in the persecution of the Bosniak population of the Prijedor area as part of a widespread and systematic attack by the Bosnian Serb Army and police force in July and August 1992.
A former prisoner told the trial of former Croatian Defence Council fighter Azra Basic that he was assaulted and ridden like a horse by a female guard while in custody in 1992.
Prosecution witness Stanimir Pijetlovic told the state court in Sarajevo on Friday that he was detained on April 26, 1992 by Croatian Defence Council fighters and held in the Army House in Derventa, where he and other prisoners were abused.