Bosnian Serb Chetniks Face Retrial for Inciting Ethnic Hatred


The Bosnian state court on Monday upheld an appeal filed by the prosecution and quashed the verdict that acquitted Ravna Gora Movement members Dusan Sladojevic, Slavko Aleksic, and Risto Lecic of ethnic, racial and religious hatred, discord, and intolerance in the Visegrad area in March 2019. The court ordered a retrial for the three defendants. 

Members of the Ravna Gora Movement— – widely known as the Chetniks— – rallied in Visegrad on March 10, 2019, wearing black uniforms and singing ethnically provocative songs. The participants then drove in a noisy car convoy to the nearby village of Dobrunska Rijeka, also known as Drazevina. The indictment claimed that the three defendants participated in incidents that provoked “distress and fear” among the local population, particularly among non-Serbs who fled the area during the 1990s war and have since returned. 

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