The Truth about Bosnia & Hercegovina — eZine Bosniaks.Net. Division of Bosnjaci.Net English
ICTY analiza
Home  |  Archive  |  Search  |  About Bosniaks.Net  |  Bosnjaci.Net English

[ Bosnian ]

News
BOSNIAN SERB SOLDIER CONVICTED OF VISEGRAD WARTIME RAPE
Autor: BIRN
Objavljeno: 20. Sep 2018. 17:09:58


Former Bosnian Serb soldier Vuk Ratkovic was sentenced to eight years in prison for the repeated rape of a woman in Visegrad during the war in 1992 and 1993.

The state court in Sarajevo on Wednesday found Vuk Ratkovic, a former member of the Visegrad Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army, guilty of raping a woman three times in the period between June 1992 and January 1993.

“Following the assessment of the evidence, the chamber has determined that the prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina has proved, beyond reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed the crime as described in the indictment,” judge Mediha Pasic said.

The court ordered Ratkovic to pay the victim 35,000 Bosnian marks (around 17,900 euros) in compensation.

Pasic said that the court believed the victim’s “detailed and convincing”, which was also confirmed by other evidence.

“The chamber found no motive on the side of the victim to wrongfully accuse the defendant,” the judge added.

Pasic criticised the defence for its closing arguments, in which it attacked the victim’s credibility.

“Such an approach to witness testimony analysis is unacceptable,” she said.

She added that Ratkovic’s lawyer, Radmila Radosavljevic, “inappropriately insisted on talking about the sexual life of the victim”.

As aggravating circumstances, the court took into account the fact that Ratkovic raped his victim three times and showed no remorse. It found no mitigating circumstances.

Ratkovic is also on trial in a separate case before the state court for allegedly committing war crimes in Strpci in Bosnia in 1993, when Serb fighters stopped a train, seized 20 passengers and killed them.

Wednesday’s verdict can be appealed.



Ostali prilozi:
Ostali prilozi istog autora:
» SEXUAL ABUSE OF MEN
30.12.2014 20:54
» CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
30.09.2010 15:39
» SHELING TARGETS
30.09.2010 15:37