Friday, May 9, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (May 9,2008) - At the plea hearing before the Bosnian State Court, Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic pleaded not guilty yesterday to all counts in the indictment, filed by the Bosnian State Prosecutor, charging him with war crimes against humanity in Hadzici municipality in 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

"I plead not guilty to all counts in the indictment," said Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic at the plea hearing before a preliminary hearing judge at the Bosnian State Court.

The indictment, which contains seven counts, charges Veselinovic, as former member of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS), with having committed crimes against the Bosnian civilians, including "murder, torture, forcible disappearances, detention and causing of great suffering and injuries."

Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic has been held in custody since his arrest on November 29, 2007. The Bosnian State Court confirmed the indictment in April 2008.

Attorney Milorad Rasevic asked the preliminary hearing judge to transfer the indictee to the Kula detention unit, which would enable "quicker and easier communication" with the indictee.

The judge said that "the capacities in the detention units are full, but he will certainly consider the proposal."

The trial of Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic will begin before the Bosnian State Court within the next 90 days.

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