Bosniak Aquitted of Killing Serb in Srebrenica

 Bosniak Aquitted of Killing Serb in Srebrenica

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29 Jan 14
Bosniak Aquitted of Killing Serb in Srebrenica

The supreme court in Bosnia’s Serb-led entity acquitted Ramadan Dervisevic of murdering a Serb civilian in Srebrenica in 1992 because the statute of limitations had expired.

Justice Report
BIRN

Banja Luka

Republika Srpska’s highest court freed Dervisevic on Wednesday, acquitting him of killing a Bosnian Serb man in May 1992 in Ratkovici near Srebrenica and injuring his brother.

“This is a final verdict and it cannot be appealed,” said Dervisevic’s lawyer, Lejla Covic.

Dervisevic had previously been sentenced to seven years in prison for war crimes by the district court in Bijeljina.

But his defence appealed, claiming that the prosecution in Bijeljina did not prove that Dervisevic committed a war crime because it did not make a concrete link between the murder and the conflict.

“The court accepted our appeal and said there was no correlation between the armed conflict and this crime,” said Covic.

After the first conviction, the prosecution changed the classification of the offence from war crime to murder.

The defence objected on the grounds that the 15-year statute of limitations on murder offences had expired, but the supreme court rejected this and again sentenced Dervisevic to seven years in prison for murder.

However, Bosnia’s constitutional court accepted an appeal from Dervisevic’s defence, and on Wednesday the Republika Srpska supreme court changed its decision and acquitted him.  balkaninsight

The Serbian prosecution is investigating former Bosniak military chief Oric’s role in the killing of Serb civilians in Srebrenica in 1992, although extradition to Belgrade is unlikely.

Marija Ristic, Denis Dzidic
BIRN  29 Jan 14

Belgrade, Sarajevo

Naser Oric at the Hague Tribunal (archive photo).

The prosecution in Belgrade said it was investigating Oric and four other Bosnian Army servicemen over the killing of nine Serb civilians in the village of Zalazje near Srebrenica in July 1992.

Oric was acquitted of war crimes against Serbs in the Srebrenica area by the Hague Tribunal in 2008, when the court ruled that he did not have control over the Bosnian Army which committed the crime.

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The Serbian prosecution is investigating former Bosniak military chief Oric’s role in the killing of Serb civilians in Srebrenica in 1992, although extradition to Belgrade is unlikely.
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update: 6/2015

„Britain, U.S. should propose honoring of NATO’s victims“

The U.S. and Britain will only have the right to speak about the crime in Srebrenica once they propose a day of remembrance of NATO’s 1999 bombing of Serbia.

This was stated on Friday by the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), which was reacting to reports that Great Britain and its partners, the United States among them, are drafting a UN resolution ahead of the 20th anniversary of the crime in Srebrenica that would declare July 11 a day of remembrance.

The DSS noted that a day of remembrance should also be established for the Serb victims killed in Podrinje, Srebrenica, Bratunac, and Skelani during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

„Selective justice is no justice,“ the party, that is not represented in parliament, stated, and added that „politicized condemnation of crimes is deeply immoral.“

„Those who rank the victims and treat the criminals unequally and according to their ethnicity, race, and religion by condemning some and pardoning others deserve the deepest contempt,“ the statement said.

„Only once they recognize and condemn their own crimes will Britain and the United States have the moral right to condemn the crimes of others,“ the DSS remarked, and added that Britain should establish a day of remembrance for the victims of the crimes committed in its former colonies in Kenya and India.

The U.S. should propose a day of remembrance of the crimes its army has committed around the world, including in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, „of the massacres of My Lai and Fallujah.“

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