Saturday, January 5, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (January 5,2008) – The Bosnian State Court has confirmed the indictment against a former leader of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS),who is charged with war crimes committed during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

Serbian war criminal Novak Djukic is charged with ordering the shelling of the eastern Bosnian city of Tuzla in which 71 Bosnian civilians were killed in 1995.

In addition to those killed, 240 Bosnian civilians were injured in the indiscriminate shelling of Tuzla, which was at the time a UN-designated “safe area” in north-eastern Bosnia.

The second count contained in the indictment charges Serbian war criminal Novak Djukic with having issued the order for the "firing of nine artillery projectiles" at Tuzla, which hit the bus station - killing one person - the iron foundry and a few more objects, which were severely damaged.

During the investigation conducted by the Bosnian State Prosecutor, Serbian war criminal Novak Djukic confirmed that he was commander of a genocidal Serbian aggressor's unit at the referenced time and that he "was in charge of approving the use of 130mm caliber cannons".

In the course of the investigation, the Prosecution of BiH examined some other Serbian war criminals who confirmed that "Djukic was the commander in the referenced period and that he issued the order for firing of grenades at Tuzla city".

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) arrested Serbian war criminal Novak Djukic on November 7 last year. He has been held in custody since then. By the Bosnian law, Djukic is due to attend a plea hearing within the next 15 days.

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