Tuesday, April 8, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (April 8,2008) – Croatian war criminal Ante Kovac, former member of the fascist paramilitary formations of the Croatians living in Bosnia (HVO),appeared before the Bosnian State Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to participating in war crimes against Bosnian civilians committed in Vitez in 1993,during the Croatian aggression against Bosnia.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges Kovac with having "ordered, approved and participated in the unlawful detention of Bosnian civilians" in the premises of Radnicki Univerzitet, the cinema and Public Accounting Service building in Vitez in 1993.

Croatian war criminal Ante Kovac asked the Bosnian State Court to transfer him to the Correctional Facility in Sarajevo "for medical treatment," but he did not give any further details. The Bosnian State Court will announce its decision at a later stage.

The Prosecution also charges him with the abuse and rape, and detention of a group of Bosnian civilians, who were transported by the International Red Cross Committee to Zenica for medical treatment, and their detention in the Radnicki Univerzitet premises.

Croatian war criminal Ante Kovac was arrested by the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) in late January 2008. The indictment against him was confirmed by the Bosnian State Court in March this year.

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