Bosnia authorities arrest 4 individuals for war crimes

Bosnia authorities arrest 4 individuals for war crimes

[JURIST] The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website, in Bosnian] on Tuesday announced the arrest [press release, in Bosnian] of four individuals who are linked to war crimes committed during the nation’s conflict in the early 1990s. Investigations have revealed that the four men are former senior members of the Bosnian police who are accused illegally arresting, detaining and torturing Muslims during the nation’s period of conflict. The actions of the former police officers reportedly led to the death of three individuals [AP report] and psychological issues for many who faced oppression. The individuals were arrested in town of Bijeljina and are to be detained pending their trial.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] and the Balkan States continue to prosecute those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that left more than 100,000 people dead and millions displaced during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. In April the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina indicted [JURIST report] 10 former Bosnian-Serb soldiers for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. Also in April Bosnian prosecutors indicted three men [JURIST report] for crimes committed against more than 300 Serb civilians between April 1992 and July 1993. In February the International Court of Justice ruled [JURIST report] that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another’s citizens during the 1990s war.