Bosnian officers’ trial to continue
Uploaded: Tuesday, 12 October, 2004
Latest Tribunal Update from IWPR reports on the rejection of a motion for acquittal by lawyers of Bosnian army officers Enver Hadžihasanovic and Amir Kubura
Judges in the case of two Bosnian Muslim officers Enver Hadžihasanović and Amir Kubura have rejected the biggest part of their lawyers' motion for acquittal this week, keeping the majority of the charges against them.
The judges concluded that the prosecutors managed to present enough evidence to support claims that the two were responsible for the murder and torture of Croat and Serb civilians and prisoners of war, committed by the troops under their command during the 1993 war in Central Bosnia.
The prosecution maintains that some of the soldiers under their command were the foreign Islamic fighters grouped in the unit called El-Mujaheed, which committed a number of murders in detention centres in the towns of Zenica, Travnik, Kakanj and Bugojno.
Both Hadžihasanović and Kubura are charged only on the basis of their command responsibility.
The defence part of their trial is scheduled to begin on 18 October.
This report appeared in IWPR'S Tribunal Update No. 375, 1 October 2004, see www.iwpr.net