Men who were raped or sexually assaulted during the 1992-95 Bosnian war have long been reluctant to speak out for fear of stigmatisation, but now attempts are being made to ensure they get the same welfare benefits as other war victims.
Disciplinary proceedings were launched against state prosecutor Miroslav Janjic because he failed to include five people’s deaths in a war crimes indictment, not because he indicted a Bosniak commander, prosecutors insisted.
Former Bosnian Serb policemen Goran Vujovic, Miroslav Duka and Zeljko Ilic were sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison for crimes against humanity in Bileca in 1992.
The Bosnian state court found Vujovic, Duka and Ilic guilty on Friday of taking part in the abuse and torture of Bosniak and Croat civilians at the police station in Bileca and in a student dormitory in the southern town.
On December 9, the Bosnian state court will hand down a verdict in the Gligor Begovic trial. Begovic, a former member of the Bosnian Serb Army, has been charged with war crimes committed in the Batkovic detention camp near Bijeljina.
The state court scheduled the announcement of the verdict in the Gligor Begovic trial for Wednesday, December 9. Prior to the scheduling of the verdict, Begovic’s defense presented its closing statement and called for a verdict of release. Begovic has been charged with war crimes in Bijeljina.
Presenting its closing statement at the trial of Gligor Begovic, the state prosecution called upon the court to find the defendant guilty of crimes against civilians and prisoners of war in the Batkovic concentration camp in Bijeljina in 1992.
The presentation of evidence at the Gligor Begovic trial has been completed. The defense said it had no further evidence in response to further revisions to the indictment. Begovic has been charged with war crimes in Bijeljina.