prosecutions- 72080 - 28.07.2012 : Ratko Obrenovic Detroit,USA - (0)
Struggle of Serbian Civilians in Moslim Sarajevo
Local Justice - Sarajevo: Presentation of Evidences of the Prosecution Completed
At the trial of Ibrahim Ceco, indicted for war crimes committed in Dobrinja in 1992, Sarajevo's Cantonal Prosecutor's Office completed its presentation of evidences.
Slobodan Vucicevic, the witness of Sarajevo's Canton Prosecutor¿s Office, said that the indictee, after ordering him and other three men to lie on the floor, kicked him with military boots, and thus fractured him three ribs.
"Ibro ordered us to lie down, and when we did it, I saw that he hit me with military boots. I was getting a little bit lost. It lasted minimally 10 to 15 minutes. I felt pain to some extent, afterwards someone could kill me and I would not feel anything', said Vucicevic.
The witness said that he and three other persons were taken to the basement of the premises of the Local Community (MZ) in Dobrinja, where he was beaten by the indictee on September 18, 1992, just few hours after one man who dug a trench with them in Dobrinja 5 escaped.
The Witness said he was taken from MZ to prison Sunce.
"They transferred us to prison Sunce, a former food store. In prison, no one touched us. There were dozen persons inside, who were brought there before. We were released on September 20, and I immediately went to the military hospital in Dobrinja. They examined me there and found out that I broke three ribs. They did not propose me to stay in the hospital because it was full", said Vucicevic, pointing out that he felt terrible pains then.
The witness said that he knew who Ceco was from before because some civilians told him that he could be violent and that one should beware of him, and that he closely saw him for the first time on September 18, 1992.
"I hold Ibro Ceco liable for sustained injurues", said Vucicevic.
The indictment filed by the Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecution alleges that Ibrahim Ceco, former member of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armija muslimanske BiH, physically abused Serb civilians, while they were digging trenches at a locality in Dobrinja 5 on September 18, 1992.
The Prosecution alleges that indictee Ceco slapped and hit two civilians on their heads and other body parts and took them, in collaboration with soldiers nicknamed "Seki" and "Zoka", to a basement of a building in Dobrinja, where they ordered them to lie down and continued abusing them.
"Ceco hit S. V. several times with his boots to the chest, after which the civilian lost consciousness. Ceco broke several ribs of his ribs during the abuse", states the Cantonal Prosecution in the indictment.
"Ceco hit injured party S. V. on his chest several times by kicking him, while wearing his military boots. The injured party lost conscience and received severe bodily injures, like fractures of a few ribs, - the Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecution's indictment alleges.
Hamza Zujo, a medical expert witness, prepared the findings and the opinion regarding serious physical injuries sustained by the injured party. He prepared it on the basis on medical records from the military hospital in Dobrinja, where Vucicevic was examined.
"Fractures of the sixth, seventh and eighth ribs are serious injuries, while many contusions on the body are minor injuries. Injuries may have occurred from some mechanical instrument, but it cannot be excluded that they were caused by the shoe", said Zujo.
Answering the questions of the Defense, the expert Zujo said that he does not exclude the possibility that the broken ribs could occur by falling on edge of the tub.
At this trial, prosecutor Aida Catovic entered several material evidences into file including the findings and opinion of the expert.
Indictee Ceco defends himself from liberty.
The continuation of the trial is scheduled for April 27 this year, when the Defence plans to present the proposal of its evidences.
prosecutions- 27315 - 17.03.2011 : Ratko Obrenovic Detroit, USA - (0)
Kentucky woman accused of Bosnian war crimes
By Jennifer Hewlett / McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
LEXINGTON, Ky. " U. S. authorities have arrested a 51-year-old Croatian-born woman in Kentucky who is accused of war crimes against civilians during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s.
Azra Basic, who was living in Stanton, Ky. , is accused of torturing and murdering ethnic Serbs at prison camps from April to June 1992. Bosnia and Herzegovina officials want Basic returned to that country to stand trial.
Loren "Squirrel" Carl, U. S. marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky, would say only that Basic was arrested Tuesday in the district by the marshal service.
Documents filed in U. S. District Court in Lexington detail gruesome acts of torture and murder alleged to have been committed by Basic while she was apparently a commander in a Croatian army brigade.
Eyewitnesses Radojica Garic and Dragan Kovacevic said Basic murdered Blagoje Djuras, who had been beaten to unconsciousness by Croatian police and soldiers, by slitting his throat with a knife, according to a court document.
"After that, Azra took us by the hair and dragged us to the wound on the neck from which the blood ran and made us drink that blood, " Garic said.
Sreten Jovanovic testified he was forced to drink gasoline, beaten into unconsciousness, and had his hands and face set on fire by Basic, according to the court document.
Mile Kuzmanovic said Basic ordered him and others to swallow a handful of salt and eat Yugoslav money, then hit him with boots, weapon butts, metal bars, electrical cables and batons, the court document said.
Kuzmanovic said Basic and other soldiers forced him to lick blood off of floors covered in broken glass and to crawl on those floors with a knotted rope in his mouth, which soldiers used to pull out prisoners" teeth. Kuzmanovic said his fingernails were pulled out with pliers and that "Azra herself, made a cut on my left auricle with some kind of pliers. "
Another witness said that, in addition to cutting off Kuzmanovic"s ear, Basic carved a cross and four S"s on Kuzmanovic"s forehead.
Mormir Lazic said Basic carved crosses into the foreheads and backs of various prisoners.
The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol, located Basic in Kentucky in 2004. A district court in Bosnia and Herzegovina issued an international arrest warrant for Basic in October 2006. The U. S. received a formal request to extradite Basic to Bosnia and Herzegovina in February 2007.
The U. S. government requested more evidence pertaining to the alleged offenses, which Bosnian prosecutors provided in February and April 2010, according to federal court records.
Lexington attorney Patrick Nash, who is representing Basic, said he was not aware of any previous international extradition cases in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
"These are extraordinarily serious charges, so it requires an extraordinary level of care on my part, " he said. "The allegation is that she was a participant in this war. By all accounts this war was very complicated, with religious elements in it. I"m not sure that present-day historians even have a handle on it as to what happened during that war, " Nash said.
Basic was born Azra Alesevic on June 22, 1959, in Rijeka, Croatia. She married Nedzad Basic on March 1, 1994, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to court records.
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