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11 August 2010
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New Srebrenica Genocide Indictment

BIRN BiH
The state prosecution has accused four former members of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad with the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, with genocide at Srebrenica.

The indictment accuses Franc Kos, known as Slovenac and Zuti, Stanko Kojic, known as Geza, Vlastimir Golijan and Zoran Goronja, known as Zoka, with participation in the murder of more than 800 men and boys at the Branjevo military farm at Pilica in the Zvornik municipality in July 1995.

The indictment has been forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation.

It alleges that Kos, Kojic, Golijan and Goronja "directly and personally participated" in the shooting of Bosniaks, who had been captured following the fall of the Srebrenica protected zone.  

The prosecution alleges that, acting jointly with other members of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad, they shot the detainees, some of whom were blindfolded and tied. It is further alleged that, during the course of the mass murder of men and boys, Kos and Kojic searched for survivors whom they then shot.

The indictment alleges that Kos was a commanding officer with the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad and he also used the name of Branimir Manojlovic. He was arrested in the Republic of Croatia in April and extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In late February, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, arrested Golijan, Goronja and Kojic.

Marko Boskic, a former member of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad, admitted guilt, before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for participation in the shooting of men in Pilica. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Drazen Erdemovic, another member of the same squad, pleaded guilty before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, for participation in the crime. He was sentenced to five years.

The trial of Momir Pelemis and Slavko Peric, former member of the First Battalion Command with the Zvornik VRS Brigade, who are charged with the murder of Bosniaks at Branjevo military farm, is currently underway before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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