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21 October 2014

Extension of Prohibiting Measures Proposed

Albina Sorguč BIRN BiH Sarajevo

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, requests extension of prohibiting measures for Srecko Boskovic, former member of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, who is charged with crimes in Djulici village, Zvornik municipality.

Prosecutor Predrag Tomic requested the extension of the following prohibiting measures: a ban on leaving his place of residence, travelling and meeting witnesses and an obligation to report to the Police Station in Zvornik. 
“The indictee rarely visited the Zvornik area, as he used to work in Serbia. He personally said that he came here on vacation. These measures are the only thing keeping him in BiH,” Tomic said.
The Prosecution requested an extension of prohibiting measures after the Court of BiH had confirmed the indictment against Boskovic on October 8. 
The Prosecution charges Boskovic with having approached a boy, not older than 15, and told him that he was free to go. This happened in Djulici village, where VRS members committed mass executions of Bosniaks, who were captured following the fall of Srebrenica, in mid July 1995. When the boy began walking away, Boskovic allegedly killed him by shooting at him from an automatic rifle.
As previously announced by the Prosecution, the boy’s body was then dumped into a mass grave along with bodies of other killed victims.
Petko Pavlovic, Defence attorney of indictee Boskovic, objected to the extension of the prohibiting measures, pointing out that it was not true that the indictee came to Zvornik on vacation, but he voluntarily reported to investigators of the State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, when his parents told him that a SIPA member had been looking for him. 
“He responded to the call and accepted an agreement with investigative bodies. After that he was apprehended to the Prosecution,” Pavlovic said. 
The Defence attorney said that the prohibiting measures prevented him from performing construction works and visiting his child and ex-wife, who lived in Bijeljina. 
Pavlovic proposed to the Court to either reject the request for extension of prohibiting measures as a whole or reduce the measures to a minimum level, banning him from leaving the territory of BiH only.   
The Court will render a decision at a later stage.

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