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15 May 2008
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Bozic et al: Obtaining evidence

BIRN BiH
The continuation of the trial of four former VRS members has been postponed until further notice, as the electronic copies of the evidence from the Hague Tribunal have not been obtained.

As requested by Mladen Blagojevic's Defence, the trial of four former members of the Republika Srpska Army (VRS) has been postponed until further notice, in order for the Defence to obtain sealed electronic copies of the documents from the Hague Tribunal.

"The Criminal Defence Section of the Court of BiH has asked the Hague Tribunal to submit endorsed electronic copies of the documents, which were used for preparation of court expert Radovan Radinovic's findings and opinion," said attorney Goran Neskovic, who represents indictee Mladen Blagojevic.

The Defence teams asked court expert Radovan Radinovic to provide his findings and opinion regarding the role of the Bratunac Brigade Military Police Squad during the war.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH charges Mladen Blagojevic, Zdravko Bozic, Zeljko Zaric and Zoran Zivanovic, as former members of the Military Police Squad with the VRS Bratunac Brigade, with having guarded the buses which transported the men from Srebrenica after its fall on July 11, 1995.

The indictment alleges Bozic and the others were responsible for the guarding of the school in Bratunac, in which the captured men were held, abused and beaten, while some were killed.

Besides court expert Radinovic, the Defence of indictee Bozic will also invite Milica Jurosevic to appear as a witness and testify about the indictee's departure to the United States.

The Prosecution of BiH objected this proposal, claiming the witness' statement is irrelevant for the indictment, but the Court of BiH decided to accept the Defence's proposal to invite this witness.

Prosecutor Kwai Hong Ip suggested that additional material evidence be presented, but he did not say which ones. These documents were mentioned in the findings and opinion of court expert Richard Butler, which were presented at this court on March 18 this year.

The Defence teams objected the proposal, claiming that "the court expert's report has already been included among the evidence and it is therefore unnecessary to introduce additional pieces of evidence, as the court expert was not asked about them in the course of his examination."

The Court of BiH will render a decision concerning this proposal at a later stage.

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