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23 June 2008

Hodzic: Indictee hospitalized

The trial for Vlasenica crimes has been postponed until further notice due to the sickness of indictee Ferid Hodzic.
The trial of Ferid Hodzic, who is charged with crimes committed against Bosnian Serbs in "Stala" ("Barn") prison in Vlasenica municipality, has been postponed until further notice because the indictee was admitted to a hospital in Tuzla in June 8, 2008 due to a heart attack.

"I spoke to two medical doctors and they said that my client's condition was serious and they could not say when he might be ready to attend the trial," Defence attorney Asim Crnalic said.

The State Prosecution charges Hodzic, as commander of the Territorial Defence in Vlasenica, with having participated in the detention and physical and mental abuse of civilians and prisoners of war at the "Stala" prison in Rovasi hamlet in 1992 and 1993.

Hodzic's Defence said that, by July 14, it would provide the Trial Chamber all medical reports in order to determine whether the indictee is capable of following the trial.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed the indictment against Hodzic in January 2008. After that the indictee pleaded not guilty. Originally the State Prosecution charged Veiz Bjelic for crimes in "Stala" prison under the same indictment. In March 2008 Bjelic admitted guilt and he was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.

The State Prosecution completed presenting evidence against Ferid Hodzic in May this year. Evidence presenting by the Defence is currently underway.
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