Monday, July 21, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (July 21,2008) - The Prosecution and Defence have presented their evidence presentation plans at the trial of Rade Veselinovic, announcing that the first witnesses will be examined on August 18.

The trial of Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic, who is charged with war crimes against humanity in Hadzici municipality in 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia, has started before the Bosnian State Court of Bosnia by presentation of introductory arguments by the Prosecution and Defence.

The Bosnian State Prosecution considers that Serbian war criminal Rade Veselinovic, as member of the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor's forces, participated in the mass murder, forced resettlement, capture, torture and causing suffering and bodily injuries to the Bosnian civilians in Hadzici.

The crimes charged upon him were committed in Zunovnica, Musici, Binjezevo, Kucice and other villages near the central Bosnian town of Hadzici.

"The Trial Chamber will hear a pained testimony of a witness, whose father has still not been found, after having been taken in an unknown direction. On the basis of this, the Bosnian State Prosecution shall prove that Veselinovic participated in forcible disappearances," Prosecutor Vesna Ilic said, referring to one of the crimes described in the indictment.

The Prosecution intends to ask the Bosnian State Court to accept, as determined facts, the allegations contained in the verdicts against the convicted Serbian war criminals Stanislav Galic and Momcilo Krajisnik, which were announced by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Ilic explained that those verdicts indicated that a broad and systematic attack was conducted by the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor against Bosnian civilians in the Sarajevo area.

The Tribunal sentenced Serbian war criminal Stanislav Galic to lifetime imprisonment,and Serbian war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik was sentenced, by a first instance verdict, to 27 years' imprisonment.

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