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26 February 2016

Djukic Hearing Postponed

Denis Dzidic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
Belgrade’s higher instance court postponed a hearing to discuss a request filed by the Bosnian authorities to have Novak Djukic serve his twenty prison sentence for war crimes in a prison in Serbia, where he’s been living for the past two years.
Djukic’s attorney, Milorad Konstantinovic, told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) of Bosnia and Herzegovina that Djukic was feeling ill, so the hearing was postponed until April.

Djukic, the former commander of the Ozren Tactical Group of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), was found guilty of ordering an artillery squad to shell Tuzla with cannons on May 25, 1995. A grenade that was fired at Kapija in Tuzla killed 71 persons.

He was released from prison in February 2014, after the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina repealed a verdict which sentenced to 25 years due to wrong application of law. The state court reduced the sentence against Djukic to 20 years in June 2014. A few days later, his defense attorney informed the court that the convict was undergoing medical treatment in Serbia.

A warrant was issued against him in October 2014, because he failed to respond to calls to come and serve his sentence.
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