Bosnian Wartime Jail Guard Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

Ramiz Hodzic pleaded not guilty at the Cantonal Court in the city of Bihac on Wednesday to committing a war crime against the civilian population in the Velika Kladusa area in 1994.

"Honourable court, I understand the indictment and the charges against me, but I am not guilty," Hodzic said.

The Una-Sana Canton prosecution has charged Hodzic with raping a woman several times from June to mid-August 1994 while working as a night guard at the Drmaljevo detention camp, using the position of dominance he had over the detainees to commit the crime.

Hodzic lives in the United States but his lawyer Amir Kajtezovic said that his client will remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the end of the criminal proceedings, as he returned to the country with that intention.

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