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25 March 2008

Kovac charged over Vitez Crimes


The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina has filed an indictment against Ante Kovac, whom it holds responsible for war crimes committed against Bosniaks in Vitez municipality

The State prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina has charged Ante Kovac, also known as Zabac, former Croat Defence Council, HVO, military police commander, with crimes against civilians committed in Vitez, in 1993.The indictment has been submitted to the State Court for confirmation.

The Prosecution considers him responsible for crimes against more than 250 civilians detained in various detention centers in Vitez. The unconfirmed indictment alleges that the detainees were interrogated and taken to perform forced labour, by military policemen who were under his command. Kovac is also accused of several rapes committed in these detention centres.

The State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested Kovac on January 30 this year. He has been held in custody since then.

Up to now, the State Court has ruled in the case of Kreso Lucic over crimes committed in Vitez, Kresevo, Kiseljak and Busovaca. The former HVO member was sentenced by a first instance verdict to six years’ imprisonment.

The case against Pasko Ljubicic, former military police commander charged with crimes committed on the territory of Vitez and Busovaca, is still underway.

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