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8 March 2016
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Defendant Charged with Buzim Crimes Attempts Suicide

Srdjan Kureljusic BIRN BiH Sarajevo

Mehmed Alesevic, charged with crimes in Buzim, failed to appear at a status conference held today before the state court. According to the defense, he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Slovenia due to his poor mental health.

Mehmed Alesevic, Zijad Nanic, Esad Kudelic, Vahid Bajraktarevic, Senad Salkic, Hasan Mustafic, Nedzad Bapic, Samir Isakovic and Husein Isakovic have been charged with the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and civilians detained in the former Radoc hotel in Buzim from November 1994 to August 1995.

The defense said Alesevic’s wife informed them that he had attempted to commit suicide. Alesevic’s defense said it couldn’t get in touch with the defendant, and relied exclusively on information obtained from his spouse.

Prosecutor Vedrana Mijovic said she had obtained information on the defendant’s health through Interpol. She said she wasn’t sure whether he should be exempted from attending the trial.

The trial chamber ordered the prosecution to obtain all necessary documentation on the defendant’s health from the psychiatric ward of the hospital in Slovenia, in order to determine whether Alesevic was capable of attending the trial.

If the court determines that Alesevic is incapable of standing trial, the chamber will consider separating his case from the case of the eight other defendants. If he is deemed capable, an international warrant against him will be issued.

Alesevic also did not appear at a previous hearing held on February 16, 2016.

The next hearing is scheduled for March 15.

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