Friday, March 14, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (March 14,2008) – After failing to appear for a second time at a plea hearing, the Bosnian State Court made the decision yesterday to issue an arrest warrant for Croatian war criminal Ivan Hrkac.

The plea hearing was attended only by the Prosecution Attorney Dzemila Begovic, while the Defence Attorney informed the Court that he has obligations concerning another case.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor considers Croatian war criminal Ivan Hrkac as a member of the fascist paramilitary formations of the croatians living in Bosnia (HVO), with participating, between May and July 1993,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia,in the mistreatment of captured members of the Bosnian POWS as well as Bosnian civilians in the elementary school in Dobrokovici nearby Siroki Brijeg.

"The Prosecution claims from the start that indictee is in hiding, which is one of the reasons for our insistence on a custody order,'' said Begovic, adding that on this basis, an international arrest warrant could also be issued, so Croatian war criminal Ivan Hrkac could be apprehended ''anywhere in the world.''

The Defence attorney strictly denied at one of the previous hearings that his client fled from justice and instead claimed he is undergoing medical treatment in Croatia.

The next plea hearing will be set ''as soon as the indictee is apprehended.''

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