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30 November 2009
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Pelemis and Peric: Complicated Surgery

BIRN BiH
Court expert Ratomir Golijanin says that the recovery of indictee Momir Pelemis, following appendix surgery, will last for another 15 days.
At the request of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the court expert presented his findings and opinion concerning the state of health of indictee Momir Pelemis and his ability to attend the trial following appendix surgery on November 7 this year.

"On the basis of medical reports concerning the indictee, which I have reviewed, and the direct examination I conducted at the Kula Penal and Correctional Facility on November 27, I have determined that he is still not capable of attending the trial and taking part in the proceedings. I see no logical reason for bringing the man to the courtroom when the stitches have still not been removed and his wound is still draining," Golijanin said.

The State Prosecution charges Pelemis, former Deputy Commander and Chief of Headquarters of the First Battalion with the Zvornik Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, and Slavko Peric, former Assistant Commander for Security with the same Brigade, with genocide committed in Srebrenica in July 1995.

The Prosecution considers the two men responsible for planning and abetting the murders committed in the Pilica Center, in Zvornik Municipality, in which about 600 men were detained, and at Branjevo military farm, where about 1,200 Bosniaks were killed on July 15 and 16, 1995.  

Court expert Golijanin considers that Pelemis' wound will heal "in about 15 days" if his recovery continues in a normal way.

"In my opinion, the patient was released from hospital prematurely. He was taken to the Penal and Correctional Facility six days after complicated surgery," the court expert said.

The trial is due to continue on December 14, when the Prosecution will examine two new witnesses.
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