Bosnian Muslim wartime commander Atif Dudakovic and 16 senior participants of his unit have been charged on Thursday with wearing out atrocities against Serbs in western Bosnia right through the 1992-95 warfare.
The 65-year-old used to be additionally charged with warfare crimes against fellow Muslims who have been participants of, or supported, a rival faction within the house right through the war, Bosnia’s state prosecutor’s administrative center mentioned in a observation.
Dudaković has ceaselessly brushed aside the entire accusations as politically motivated.
Bosnia has been dominated through Serb, Croat and Muslim nationalist events for essentially the most section because the finish of the warfare during which greater than 100,000 died. It remains deeply divided alongside ethnic strains and steps against reconciliation had been small.
Dudaković used to be a common within the Bosnian Muslim-dominated military who commanded the fifth Corps working within the Bihac enclave, which used to be surrounded and besieged through the Bosnian Serb forces from 1991-1995.
After the warfare, he served as the overall commander of the military in Bosnia’s independent Bosniak-Croat Federation, which used to be later merged within the country-wide military.
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“The defendants are accused of the murder of more than 300 Serbs, most of them civilians, mainly elderly, as well as soldiers who had surrendered or were detained,” the observation mentioned.
The prosecutors mentioned that our bodies of various the sufferers have been discovered in different mass and particular person graves after the warfare, whilst the seek for the others used to be nonetheless below the way in which.
Part of the indictment refers to crimes dedicated against Muslims led through renegade chief Fikret Abdic, who had arrange a breakaway province across the western the town of Velika Kladusa.
Abdic himself used to be jailed for 20 years in 2002 for warfare crimes against Muslims unswerving to the Bosnian govt through a courtroom in Croatia, which later lowered his jail time period to 15 years and launched him in 2012.
Dudakovic and some other 11 participants of his Corps have been arrested in April on warfare crimes fees however have been later launched with restrictions on their motion.
The prosecutors mentioned they’re going to invite 447 witnesses and provide greater than 1,100 paperwork as proof. Bosnia’s state courtroom wishes to verify the indictment. (Reporting through Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing through Andrew Heavens)