Bosnia charges two Serbs, one Muslim with war crimes

Bosnian state prosecutors have submitted indictments for war crimes against three persons Friday.

Source: BIRN

BIRN reports that the indictments, which need to be confirmed by the judges of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are against Predrag Kujundžić, ex-leader of the Bosnian Serb paramilitary unit Predo’s Wolves (Predini vukovi); Novak Đukić, former senior officer with the Bosnian Serb army, VRS; and Suljo Karajić, ex-commander of the Military Police Squad of the mainly Muslim Bosnian army.

Kujundžić has been charged, in his personal capacity and because of his command responsibility, with crimes against humanity committed during 1992-93 in Doboj, central Bosnia.

The indictment alleges that he participated in attacks against Bosniak and Croat civilians, and that “despite being aware of the crimes, failed to prevent or punish the perpetrators of murders”.

The crimes committed by Predo’s Wolves were included in the indictment against the former President Slobodan Milošević, whose marathon trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague ended inconclusively when he died in 2006.

For several years Kujundžić was considered to be part of the network of people providing support for the wartime Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadžić, who has remained a fugitive from justice.

Novak Đukić is charged by prosecutors with crimes against civilians.

The prosecution says that he ordered, in his capacity as commander of the VRS’s Ozren Tactical Group, the shelling of Tuzla on May 25, 1995, when a single shell killed 71 and wounded dozens of persons in the crowded centre of the north-eastern city.

The youngest massacre victim was a three-year old child, while the oldest was aged 30.

After the war Đukić rose through the ranks, and in 2000 was promoted, as major-general, to become Chief of the VRS General Staff.

Suljo Karajić is charged with crimes against civilians committed in the course of the conflict between the Bosnian army and supporters of the maverick Bosniak warlord, Fikret Abdić, whose movement was known as the Western Bosnia National Defense.

Karajić is accused by prosecutors of responsibility for having ordered his subordinates to kill, cause severe bodily injuries and treat the prisoners of war in an inhumane way, during 1994-95.

Abdić, a businessman and politician, confronted the Bosnian army in the north-western region of Bihać, Cazin and Velika Kladuša.

He was subsequently convicted of war crimes in Croatia. He is currently serving his sentence.


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