Wartime Serb Fighter Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

Rade Grujic, a former member of Snagovo Company of the Zvornik Territorial Defence force, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday at the Bosnian state court to raping a Bosniak woman in the village of Liplje during the war.

"In the period from May 25 to June 2, 1992, Rade Grujic went to a house where more than 400 Bosniak civilians from the village of Liplje were unlawfully detained, took one woman into another room, ordered her to take her clothes off and then raped her," the state prosecution alleges in the indictment.

"Honourable court, I am not guilty of anything," Grujic said.

In April 1992, Bosnian Serb forces turned an elementary school and several Bosniaks' houses into a detention facility in Liplje, where around 460 people were held.

So far, no one has been convicted of the murders, torture and rape of both men and women at the detention facility.

Grujic has been in custody since early February following his arrest at the Karajak border crossing with Serbia.

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