Eight former police officers in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity have been charged with participating in the killing of 22 Bosniaks, including women and children, near Bijeljina in 1992.
Goran Saric, former commander of the Special Brigade of Republika Srpska Police, and others suspects in the 1992 mass murder of 22 civilians in the Bijeljina area – all arrested on December 3 – have been released to house arrest, it has been confirmed.
Former Bosnian Serb special police brigade commander Goran Saric, who was acquitted of involvement in the Srebrenica genocide, said that the killings of Bosniaks in July 1995 happened, but questioned whether the massacres were planned in advance.
Appeals judges confirmed the acquittal of the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry’s special police brigade, Goran Saric, clearing him of involvement in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995.
The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court has rejected a prosecution appeal as unfounded and confirmed the verdict that found former special police brigade commander Goran Saric not guilty of involvement in the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995, BIRN has learned.
Former special police commander Goran Saric was acquitted of involvement in genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 as the court ruled he was not necessarily aware of the plan to murder the town’s Bosniak population.
A status conference was held today in the case of Goran Saric, who’s been charged with participating in the Srebrenica genocide. The state prosecution said it would most probably know which foreign citizens with lifted UN immunity would agree to testify in the next two weeks.
Milos Stupar, a witness in the Goran Saric trial, said he didn’t see the defendant in Bratunac and Zvornik on July 13, 1995, or past July 15, 1995. He said he didn’t communicate with Saric in any way during that period of time. In 2010, the state court acquitted Stupar of charges of genocide in Srebrenica under a second instance verdict.