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11 January 2011
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Local Justice – Ahmetasevic: Custody Extended for Two Months

BIRN BiH

The Cantonal Court in Bihac has ordered a two-month extension of custody of Senad Ahmetasevic, who is charged with war crimes against prisoners of war.

Ahmetasevic is charged with having “fired, without any reason, several bullets at prisoner of war Hasan Saric from an automatic weapon”, following the capture of five members of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina who had previously surrendered, in the Omica hill area, Velika Kladusa municipality, on November 11, 1993.

Ahmetasevic is a former member of the National Defence with the Western Bosnia Autonomous Region.

The indictment alleges that victim Saric died immediately.

The indictment against Ahmetasevic was confirmed in July 2010. The trial before the Cantonal Court in Bihac began in late September 2010. After the indictee refused an ex-officio defence attorney, saying he did “not want an attorney from Bosnia and Herzegovina to represent him”, the trial was interrupted.

Ahmetasevic wanted to be represented by defence attorneys from the Netherlands at the trial conducted before the Cantonal Court in Bihac. He was arrested in that country in November 2008 and referred to Bosnian judicial institutions for further processing in July 2010.

After the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina rejected his request for the appointment of new defence attorneys, the case was referred back to the Cantonal Court in Bihac.

 

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