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24 April 2008
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Mejakic et al: Another hearing closed to the public

BIRN BiH
The public was excluded during the discussion on protection measures for additional Prosecution witnesses.
The continuation of the trial of the three indictees, who are charged with crimes committed in Omarska and Keraterm detention camps, was closed to the public in order to protect the identity of additional Prosecution witnesses, who will be examined in the coming days, after the Defence of the third indictee completed presenting evidence.

"We are all in agreement to conduct a discussion on the Prosecution's proposal concerning the replica evidence and protection measures for additional witnesses at a closed session," said Trial Chamber Chairman Saban Maksumic.

The Prosecution of BiH charges Zeljko Mejakic, Momcilo Gruban and Dusko Knezevic with the murder, rape, beating and forcible detention of Bosniaks and Croats in Omarska and Keraterm detention camps in 1992.

Originally the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, charged Dusan Fustar with those crimes as well. In April 2008 Fustar admitted guilt and signed an agreement with the Prosecution. The Court of BiH then sentenced him to nine years imprisonment.

In 2006 Mejakic, Gruban, Knezevic and Fustar were transferred from The Hague to Sarajevo for further processing by local judicial institutions. The trial began in February 2007.

The trial is due to continue on Thursday, April 24, when Knezevic's Defence will continue presenting its evidence.
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