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Case name

Prijedor (AA)

Case number

КТRZ 2/08

Number of victims


Persons indicted


Rank(s) of person(s) indicted

lower police officer

Indictment date

Case stage

finally resolved

Duration of proceedings since trial commencement

2 years 11 months

Witnesses examined


Date and outcome of the first instance verdict

First instance judgment: 15 years in prison

Date and outcome of decision on appeal

Decision on appeal: lower court's judgment abolished, new trial ordered

Date and outcome of verdict in new trial

15 years in prison

Additional info

Decision upon appeal

Appellate Court's decision: acquitting judgment

Criminal offence

war crime against civilian population under art. 142 (1) re art. 22 (co-perpatration) of the FRY Criminal Act

Background facts

According to the indictment allegations, the accused, AA, aided and abetted by three other suspects, engaged in the killing of three Bosnian Muslims in an incident that occurred in Prijedor, BH in March 1994. Specifically, AA - at the time member of the Republic of Srpska's reserve police force - threw a bomb on the victims' family home, whereupon he broke inside and killed the remaining survivors.

Procedural remarks

Three persons specified in the indictment as the crime co-perpetrators were prosecuted before a BH court and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 to 20 years. The case against AA, a Republic of Serbia's citizen unavailable to the BH judicial authorities, was referred to the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office, which conducted the investigation and brought charges against this defendant.