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19 January 2016

Trial Concerning Kukavice Attack Postponed Pending Legal Counsel for Protected Witness

Dzana Brkanic BIRN BiH Sarajevo

The trial of four former members of the Bosnian Army charged with crimes in Rogatica and Foca has been postponed, because the court determined that a protected witness in the case needed a legal counselor.

Following a closed part of the hearing, trial chamber chairman Davorin Jukic said an attorney would be assigned to a protected witness known as ST-1, due to his lack of understanding of the legalities of the case.

ST-2 was expected to testify at the trial of Muhamed Sisic, Tarik Sisic, Emir Drakovac and Aziz Susa, who are charged with participating in an attack on a civilian convoy in Kukavice on August 27, 1992. At least 20 Serbs were killed and several more were wounded in the attack.

According to the charges, Muhamed Sisic was the commander of the Commando Squad of the Kukavicka Company of the Bosnian Army, while the other defendants were members of that unit.

Drakovac has also been charged with shooting a civilian in the Rogatica area in November 1992 and torturing an unidentified captured member of the Bosnian Serb Army in the Foca area in late 1992.

The trial will continue on February 2.

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