Bosnian Prosecution Contests Sarajevo Wartime Police Chief’s Acquittal


State prosecutors said on Tuesday that they have filed an appeal contesting the verdict that cleared Dragan Vikic and three co-defendants of committing a war crime against prisoners of war who were killed in Veliki Park in Sarajevo in the early weeks of the siege of the city on April 22, 1992. 

The prosecution said that the verdict had wrongly and incompletely determined the facts of the case. It is calling for the first-instance verdict to be quashed and a new trial ordered that would find the defendants guilty. 

Under the first-instance verdict delivered in April this year, Vikic, in his capacity as commander of the Bosnian interior ministry’s police squad, and Jusuf Pusina, former assistant minister for uniformed police, were cleared of charges that they knew or could have known that their subordinates were about to commit the murders of eight Yugoslav People’s Army prisoners and that they failed to punish the perpetrators. 

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