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24 June 2010

Ganic: Decision in mid July

Objections filed by the Defence of Ejup Ganic, a former member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, pertaining to the British Court's competence and the alleged misuse of proceedings, will be considered at the same time as Serbia's request for his extradition, in mid July this year, Damir Arnaut, a member of Ganic's legal team, said.

A hearing was held at Westminster Court in London at the request by Ganic's Defence, which denies the British Court's competence in this case, claiming that Serbia is misusing the legal process for political purposes.   

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this hearing, because the judge repeated what he said at the previous hearing. He stressed that there are strong grounds for suspicion that this is a political process. A final decision is due to be rendered by mid July," Arnaut, a member of Ganic's legal team, said following the conclusion of the court hearing.

The main hearing, at which Serbia's request is due to considered, was earlier scheduled to take place from July 5 to July 9.    

Ganic, a former member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was arrested at London Airport on March 1, 2010, at the request of Serbia. The Serbian judiciary suspects that he committed a war crime when a Yugoslav National Army, JNA, convoy was attacked in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo in May 1992.  

On March 11 this year Ganic was released on bail. He must not leave the United Kingdom until the end of the court proceedings.

Arnaut said that the Serbian side had submitted all the evidence it plans to use in this case.  

"They finally submitted some video recordings yesterday. However, what they submitted was a political magazine produced in 1995, containing clearly non-critical stands targeted against Bosniaks. This will be more harmful than beneficial to them. This goes to say that they are relying on a TV show as evidence," Arnaut said.
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