Friday, November 23, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 23,2007) - At the trial of Serbian war criminal Jadranko Palija, conducted before the Bosnian State Court, the Defence was due to continue presenting evidence at the hearing . Although invited, witnesses Vaso Curguz and Zeljko Baljak have failed to appear. Therefore, they are expected to testify at the next hearing, which is scheduled for November 27.

Serbian war criminal Jadranko Palija is charged, as a member of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS), with having participated, from May 1992 to the end of the Serbian aggression against Bosnia in 1995, in the intimidation, arrest and detention of the Bosnian civilians and the Croatians living in Bosnia. He is also accused of murder and rape.

Defence attorney Ranko Dakic announced that these would be the last witnesses and that the evidence presentation process would be completed on November 27. The Defence said that it would not further insist on examining the two witnesses should they fail to appear at the next hearing.

The Defence has also presented 12 written pieces of evidence.

Dzemila Begovic announced that the Bosnian State Prosecutor would propose additional pieces of evidence at the next hearing.

The trial of Serbian war criminal Jadranko Pralija is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on November 27, 28 and 29, when both sides are expected to present their closing arguments.

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