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Radovan Stanković found guilty of Crimes against humanity
(14.11.2006. 14:32)

Today, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina rendered the first instance verdict in the Section I for War Crimes case of Radovan Stanković, finding the accused guilty of Crimes against humanity and sentencing him to 16 years imprisonment.

In the pronouncement of its verdict the Trial Panel stated that the Accused had committed the said offence in the period August to October 1992 as a member of the Miljevina battalion (within the Foča tactical brigade), participating in a wide and systematic attack of the Army of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina against the non-Serb civilian population of the Foča municipality.

The pronounced verdict contains, inter alia, the following findings:  on 3 August 1992, following orders of Dragoljub Kunarac, the Accused, together with other individuals, formed a detention centre for women in Karaman's house, which was known by soldiers as the Brothel.  The Accused, together with other individuals, brought to the Centre, held captive, and supervised at least nine women, most of whom were juveniles.   Furthermore, the Panel stated that the Accused claimed one of the detainees for his own use, forcing her into sexual intercourse every night except for a period of a few days after he had been wounded.  He frequently raped this detainee while other individuals where present in the same room.  On one occasion, the Accused raped this person’s juvenile sister in her presence.   According to the verdict, in October 1992 the Accused transferred this detainee to another location at which he forced her to sexual intercourse and labour which included washing his clothes, cooking and cleaning. 

The Accused was acquitted of the charge which alleged that in the period June to December 1992, armed with a riffle and a knife, he walked into a hospital in Foča where he forcibly took one of the hospitalized female patients, and brought her to an apartment where he forced her into sexual intercourse.

As the Prosecutor withdrew the charge which alleged that in May 1992, armed with a riffle, Radovan Stanković forced one of the female prisoners in a detention centre in Miljevina into sexual intercourse, the Court rejected this count of the indictment.

The time the Accused has spent in custody from 9 July 2002 will count towards the sentence.

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Verdicts:
Section I   Section I for War Crimes
Section II 
Section III Section III for all other Criminal Actions from Court of BiH Jurisdiction
Administrative Division

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