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17 March 2015

Bosnia Cuts Iraqi Fighter’s Jail Sentence

Dzana Brkanic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
Abduladhim Maktouf, an Iraqi who fought in a Bosnian Army ‘mujahideen’ unit during the conflict, had his sentence for illegally detaining Croat civilians reduced from five years to three.
The Bosnian state court appeals chamber on Tuesday partially accepted the defence’s plea and reduced Maktouf’s prison term.

Volunteer fighter Maktouf was convicted of helping members of the ‘El Mudjahid’ unit, a detachment of the Third Corps of the Bosnian Army made up of foreign ‘mujahideen’ volunteers, with the illegal detention and kidnapping of five Bosnian Croat civilians in Travnik in October 1993.

He was retried after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that during the original trial - which lasted from 2004 and 2006 - the criminal code of Bosnia and Herzegovina was wrongly applied, instead of the more lenient code of the former Yugoslavia.

Maktouf had already served five years in jail. After he was released, he was stripped of his Bosnian citizenship and left the country and settled in Malaysia.

He was allowed to re-enter the country to attend the retrial.

The verdict cannot be appealed.
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