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26 June 2007

Radic et al: Trial Closed to Public Again

The cross-examination of a protected witness continues behind closed doors
The cross-examination of protected witness A at the trial of four people indicted for crimes committed in detention camp Vojno near Mostar continues without the presence of the public.

Marko Radic, Dragan Sunjic, Damir Brekalo and Mirko Vracevic are charged with involvement, as members of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), in the torture, killing and use as forced labour of detained Bosniaks in detention camp Vojno near Mostar during 1993 and 1994.

"As per an earlier decision of the trial chamber, the public is excluded from examination of this witness," said Trial Chamber chairman Stanisa Gluhajic.

"The Trial Chamber has rejected a request, made by defence attorney Dragan Barbaric, that the Trial Chamber be released from duty," he added, but did not elaborate on the request, which was made in closed session.

The public has again not been appraised of reasons for its exclusion fro the trial.

According to the indictment, Radic was a chief of commando squad "Ivan Stanic Cico", and then also a commander of Bijelo polje battalion within the Second HVO Brigade. The Prosecution considers him to be one of those responsible for the establishment of detention camp Vojno near Mostar in March 1993.

The indictment alleges that Sunjic was Radic's deputy, while Brekao and Vracevic were guards in detention camp Vojno. The Prosecution charges Radic and Sunjic with both command and personal responsibility for the events.

The trial is set to continue on 29 June 2007.
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