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Dragan Sekaric sentenced for 14 years for Visegrad crimes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2015 by visegrad92

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Image: Bosnian Serb Dragan Sekaric

Former Bosnian Serb Army soldier Dragan Sekaric was sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape and murder in the village of Kosovo Polje in the Visegrad municipality in 1992.
Sekaric was found guilty on Friday of going to a house in Kosovo Polje in June 1992 with other Bosnian Serb soldiers and taking several civilians outside, after which he raped a woman inside the house.

He was also convicted of pushing a civilian called Fatima Jamak into a burning house on the same day, and killing her afterwards.

Presiding judge Mira Smajlovic said that the Bosnian prosecution had proved that Sekaric committed his crimes with intent and that the testimonies of the rape victim and another witness who in the village were “convincing and objective”.

“The defence challenged the credibility of witnesses S1 [the victim] and S3 [the eyewitness], considering their descriptions of a person they knew as Dragan Gorazdak differed. However, the trial chamber finds that the witnesses gave satisfactory explanations for these differences. Namely, they were in a state of fear and it is clear why they did not remember details they did not find important,” said Smajlovic.

The judge also said that Sekaric’s alibi – given by his uncle, who testified that the defendant was in Serbia – was not convincing.

Smajlovic said that while considering the 14-year sentence, the court took into account the fact that he was a family man with two children as a mitigating circumstance and the brutality of his crime as an aggravating circumstance.

The verdict however acquitted Sekaric of taking part in an attack on Kokino Selo in Gorazde, robbing and taking away a man and his son from Visegrad, both of whom were never seen again, and beating a prisoner in the Uzamnica detention camp.

Smajlovic said witness testimonies about the attack on Kokino Selo only offered “second hand and imprecise” details about Sekaric. She said that the testimony of a witness about the Visegrad incident was also not convincing.

Regarding the prisoner abuse charge, Smajlovic explained that the Bosnian prosecution had failed to call a victim to testify.

“Because of the procedural mistakes of the Bosnian prosecution and the lack of evidence, the trial chamber had no other options then to acquit the defendant of this charge,” said the judge.

VISEGRAD MASS MURDERERS – DRAGAN SEKARIC

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2014 by visegrad92

Prosecutor of Regional Team III of the Special Department for War Crimes within the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH issued an indictment against Dragan Šekarić, born on November 4, 1969 in Goražde, residing in Višegrad, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The suspect Dragan Šekarić is charged to have, during a widespread and systematic attack of the Republika Srpska Army  from the month of April 1992 through to 1993 as a member of the Serb Territorial Defense and paramilitary known as “Osvetnik” and an accomplice of Milan Lukić, participated in the attack on the non-Serb civilan population in the wider area of Goražde and Višegrad municipalities and persecuted non-Serb civilian population on political, national, ethnic, cultural and religious through killings, torture, rape, unlawful seizure and destruction of property.

He is charged to have, in the morning of May 22, 1992 or about that date in the settlement of Lozje in Kokino selo in the municipality of Goražde together with several members of the Republika Srpska Army, participated in the attack on the civilian population. They fired at helpless civilians from automatic weapons, firing at their homes and other civilian facilities along with artillery support and while singing chetnik song „Ko to smije srpski bajrak da razvije“ /who dares to raise the Serb flag/, while the civilians were trying to escape towards the river Drina. Four civilians were killed on that occasion and six were seriously wounded including a twelve-year-old boy who died from the wounds.

The accused has on June 3, 1992 along with four other members of the RS Army, arrived in a vehicle in front of a Bosniak house in the settlement of Kosovo polje located in the municipality of Višegrad. They threatened the people inside, and forced them to come out into the yard. Four underage children were lined up along the wall of the house, with insults, all time telling them that they should all be killed cursing their Balija mother. The accused singled out one woman and ordered her to return to the house and make them coffee and then went into the kitchen and raped the woman. The neighboring house was burned and a motor vehicle taken away from the people in it. The old woman who lived in that house approached the accused asking for help. The suspect Dragan Šekarić told the woman “Old woman now you have the money,” and forcibly shoved her into the burning house telling her: “Now you  go and extinguish the fire” and then shot her with a pistol and killed her.

On May 20, 1992 or about that date the accused has, together with Milan Lukić, Vlado Vojinović and an unknown member of the paramilitary unit “Osvetnik”, intercepted one Bosniak civilian who tried to leave Višegrad with his family in Dušće village. They ordered the civilians to return to their home in Dušće, demanding that they hand over all the money and valuables they had on them and ordered them to load onto their truck all the goods out of the garage. When the civilians finished loading the goods, one of the soldiers ordered the civilian and his son to enter the vehicle, and then took them away to an unknown destination. The two have since disappeared without a trace. On the same day in the evening they returned to this family house and a shot and killed a woman,

As further alleged in the indictment, the accused has, together with Milan Lukić – who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a final verdict, on an unspecified date in late 1992 and the beginning of the 1993 in the “Uzamnica” camp in Višegrad, where Bosniak civilians were unlawfully incarcerated, beaten the prisoners hitting them all over their bodies thus causing physical injuries. They struck prisoners with knotted sticks, iron rods, electric batons and rifle butts. On that occasion, one of the prisoners suffered severe head injuries, one succumbed to injuries, and two prisoners were taken away and have since disappeared without trace.

The accused is charged with committing the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph h) in conjunction with Subparagraphs a), f) and g) of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in conjunction with Article 180, Paragraph 1 the same Code.Image