In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Reduces Ex-Policeman’s Sentence for Torturing Prisoners

The Bosnian state court on Thursday partially upheld an appeal from former policeman Kahro Vejzovic and cut his sentence from six years in prison to four years.

Vejzovic was convicted of torturing captured Serb civilians in the village of Stupari during wartime between June and September 1992.

Bosnia Charges Serb Police Chief with Prisoner Abuse, Torture

The Bosnian state prosecution filed an indictment on Wednesday accusing Malko Koroman of committing a crime against humanity against several dozen Bosniak civilians who were unlawfully detained at the police Public Security Station in Pale and at a nearby gym, where they were abused, tortured and beaten.

Nobel Defence of Handke Prize Angers Bosnian War Victims

Two Bosnian war victims' groups, the Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide and the Mothers of Srebrenica, held a small protest on Tuesday outside the Swedish embassy in Sarajevo to express anger about a letter from the Nobel Committee defending the award of this year's prestigious literature prize to Austrian author Peter Handke.

Serbia Convicts Bosnian Serb Troops of Killing Prisoners

Belgrade Higher Court on Friday sentenced Joja Plavanjac to 15 years in prison and Zdravko Narancic to seven years for their roles in the killings of 11 civilian detainees at a prison in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia on August 3, 1992.

Plavanjac was convicted of killing the prisoners and Narancic of helping him.

Serbian Ministry Defends Book that Denies Bosnian War Crime

The Defence Ministry reacted angrily on Wednesday evening after the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatovic, criticised it for hosting a promotional event in Belgrade for a book that denies court findings that Bosnian Serb forces were responsible for the May 1995 massacre in Tuzla.