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15 February 2016

Injured Party’s Injuries Described as “Severe” by Medical Expert in Krsmanovic Trial

Lamija Grebo BIRN BiH Sarajevo

Testifying before the district court of Eastern Sarajevo at the trial of Milenko Krsmanovic, a court medical expert said injured party Muhidin Kapo suffered injuries to his right ankle and right fist in July 1992.

On the basis of medical documentation dated November 26, 1992, court medical expert Hamza Zujo determined that injuries to the outer and inner extensions of Kapo’s right ankle could be classified as severe bodily injuries caused by a strong blow.

The defense asked Zujo if Kapo might have twisted his ankle. Zujo said that would have been possible if only one extension had been injured.

The defense said it denied Zujo’s findings and opinion in its entirety.

Zujo presented his findings and opinion at the trial of Milenko Krsmanovic, a former member of the Bosnian Serb Army charged with crimes in the Rogatica area.

Krsmanovic has been charged with beating a Bosniak civilian from the Rogatica area with another Bosnian Serb Army soldier in the village of Pediste on July 7, 1992. The indictment alleges that the defendant and the other solder drove the civilian towards the police station in Sokolac. They allegedly removed him from the vehicle with the intention of killing him, but gave up. Later on, the civilian was transferred to the Rasadnik detention camp in Rogatica.

Twenty-three pieces of material evidence were included in the case file at this hearing. They included a report on the identification of persons by Muhidin Kapo, as well as lists of staff members at the public safety station in Sokolac who received salaries during the second half of 1992.

The first three defense witnesses will testify at the next hearing, scheduled for March 7.

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