Štrpci war crimes case "largely solved"

The case of the murder of passengers abducted from a train in Štrpci 21 years ago is now "largely solved," Bruno Vekarić has said.

Source: B92

There are more than 20 suspects in the territories of Serbia and Bosnia, the Serbian deputy war crimes prosecutor told B92.

"For 21 years there has been a great silence, and it is now finally time for the families of the victims know the truth," he said.

According to Vekarić, "a joint action" of the authorities of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina would take place.

"A new investigation team of the MUP and the Prosecutor's Office has been put together, we cooperate with representatives of the Humanitarian Law Center and with lawyer Dragoljub Todorović, who represented the aggrieved parties. The crucial thing is the help from the colleagues in Bosnia and the protocol on cooperation between the two prosecutions, which we have with Bosnia-Herzegovina, and a joint action will follow," said Vekarić.

He added the case was "largely solved" while a phase of the investigation about which the public will be informed will follow soon.

Recently the new team made up of prosecution and police officials of Serbia, in cooperation with the Bosnian Prosecution, gathered new information and evidence about the case. It has been discovered that several checks belonging to the victims were used one day after the crime.

The 21st anniversary of the crime was marked in February of this year. The victims - 18 Bosniak and one Croat civilians - were kidnapped from a train at the Štrpci station by members of the Bosnian Serb army, the VRS.


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