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1 April 2008

Drljaca pleads not guilty

Following the not guilty plea, Drljaca's Defence attorney announces that he will bring charges against the indictment before the Court.
Mladen Drljaca, a member of wartime Presidency of Bosanska Krupa municipality, pleaded not guilty to the two counts in the indictment, which was confirmed by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 21 this year.

"Honourable Court, I plead not guilty," Mladen Drljaca said twice to the preliminary hearing judge.

The State Prosecution charges Mladen Drljaca with crimes against humanity, crimes against civilians and prisoners of war.

The indictment alleges that, from early April to December 31, 1992 Drljaca was, inter alia, member of the Municipal Board of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) in Bosanska Krupa and a member of the Crisis Committee of the Serbian municipality of Boanska Krupa.

The Prosecution considers that Drljaca participated, together with ICTY fugitive Radovan Karadzic, Momcilo Krajisnik, Vojislav Maksimovic, Gojko Klickovic and Jovan Ostojic, in a joint criminal enterprise with the aim of creating a separate state of Bosnian Serbs, "from which most non-Serbs would be permanently displaced."

Prosecutor Peter Alcock said he would like he indictments against Gojko Klickovic, Jovan Ostojic and Mladen Drljaca to be merged. The three men are held under custody.

Momcilo Krajisnik is currently held in the detention unit in Scheveningen at the Hague. He is awaiting the announcement of the second instance verdict against him.

Maksimovic was one of the co-founders of the SDS and, during the war, was a member of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska.

Following Drljaca's plea, Defence attorney Milan Trbojevic said he would bring charges against the indictment within the legal deadline of 15 days.
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