The Bosnian state prosecution has requested that custody measures be extended for five persons suspected of kidnapping and killing passengers travelling by train in Strpci during the Bosnian war. The defense teams have requested that the court order prohibitive measures instead.
After the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, quashed a verdict against Sefik Alic, which had sentenced him to ten years in prison for crimes in Bosanska Krajija, the State Prosecution and Defence present their appeals before the Appellate Chamber.
Applying a decision by the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina reduces sentences against both Zoran and Goran Damjanovic by four and a half years. Goran Damjanovic is sentenced to six and a half years for war crimes against the civilian population, while his brother Zoran is sentenced to six years.
At the renewed trial against Goran and Zoran Damjanovic, who are charged with war crimes, the Defence teams call for verdicts of release or minimal sentences according to the former Yugoslav law in the event that they are found guilty. The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina calls for an imprisonment sentence.
As the trial for crimes in Sarajevo continues, State Prosecution witness Senad Kreho says that, upon his arrival to Viktor Bubanj military barracks on September 1, 1992, he saw about twenty prisoners, who were detained without a court decision.
The new trial of Goran Damjanovic and Zoran Damjanovic is due to begin on November 21, when the indictment will be read and introductory statements presented. At the same hearing the Court will begin hearing witnesses statements.