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Case: Vlahovic Veselin

18 June 2014

Bosnia Cuts Jail Term for ‘Monster of Grbavica’

Veselin Vlahovic, who waged a campaign of murder, rape and robbery against Bosniaks and Croats in Sarajevo in 1992, had his prison sentence reduced from 45 to 42 years.
28 February 2014

Tougher Sentence Urged for Sarajevo Wartime Brutality

The Bosnian prosecution asked for a longer jail term for Serb fighter Zoran Dragicevic, convicted of torturing, imprisoning, raping and stealing from people during the siege of Sarajevo.
5 February 2014

Vlahovic Appeals 45-Year Jailing

Veselin Vlahovic, alias ‘Batko’, has appealed against his lengthy sentence for a campaign of murder, rape, torture and robbery against Bosniaks and Croats in Sarajevo in 1992.
25 December 2013

Bosnia Keeps Fewer Indictees in Custody

Only 14 of about 100 people indicted for the gravest crimes are currently in the custody of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

17 December 2013

War still a puzzle in Bosnia’s divided schools

With the all-important 1992-5 war glaringly absent from the textbooks in Bosnia’s schools, pupils and teachers have to fill in the knowledge gap on their own.

19 July 2013

Possibility of repeating the procedure before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Although the European Court of Human Rights had the ability to do so, it did not ordered to Bosnia and Herzegovina to repeat its proceedings in the case of Damjanovic and Maktouf, but it deemed sufficient to conclude that their rights were violated and to award them the litigation costs. Thus, Bosnia and Herzegovina has no obligation to repeat these two proceedings in order to implement the verdict of the European Court.

29 March 2013

Sarajevo’s ‘Monster of Grbavica’ Jailed for 45 Years

Paramilitary Veselin Vlahovic, alias ‘Batko’, was given Bosnia’s longest-ever war crimes sentence for a campaign of murder, rape and robbery against Bosniaks and Croats in Sarajevo in 1992.
28 March 2013

Bosnian Serb Fighter ‘Assaulted Civilians and Extorted Money’

A witness at the trial of ex-fighter Zoran Dragicevic for war crimes in Sarajevo in 1992 testified that paramilitaries beat her husband so badly that his lungs filled with blood.

27 March 2013

The Time of Torture of Vlahovic's Defence

The Defense of Veselin Vlahovic, known as Batko, who is indicted of war crimes in the Sarajevo’s neighbourhoods of Grbavica, Vraca and Kovacici, called its evidence procedure “the time of torture”, because they claim that they were faced with different problems inside and outside the courtroom.
8 March 2013

Pronouncement of Verdict Postponed until March 29

As announced by the State Court, the pronouncement of a verdict against Veselin ‘Batko’ Vlahovic for crimes in Grbavica, Vraca and Kovacici has been postponed until March 29, 2013.

18 January 2013

Vlahovic: Unproved Accusations

On the third day of presentation of its closing statement the Defence of Veselin ‘Batko’ Vlahovic, who is charged with crimes in Sarajevo, analyses the counts, which, in the opinion of the Defence, the Prosecution has not managed to prove.
28 December 2012

Vlahovic: A destructive and murderous character

The State Prosecution believes they have proven that Veselin Vlahovic known as “Batko” is guilty of all offences, as outlined in the indictment. They stated, furthermore, that even the highest sentence possible for these offences is not sufficient to punish Vlahovic for the reign of terror he brought to the Sarajevo neighborhoods of Grbavica, Vraca and Kovacici in 1992.
14 November 2012

Vlahovic: Journalist Offended in Courtroom

When the Trial Chamber entered the courtroom, the prosecutor, Behaija Krnjic, asked that the defendant Vlahovic be warned about his behaviour in the courtroom.
1 June 2012

Vlahovic: Dead Witnesses’ Statements

As it continues presenting material evidence at the trial of Veselin ‘Batko’ Vlahovic, the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina reads statements before the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo, given by eight witnesses, who have since died.
20 April 2012

Vlahovic: Diamonds Saved His Life

Testifying at the trial for crimes in the Sarajevo area, a State Prosecution witness says that indictee Veselin Vlahovic, known as Batko, beat him up and then took him to Mount Trebevic with an intention to “slaughter” him. As he said, witness Nijaz Alihodzic was saved by the fact that he had money and diamonds.