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Bosnian Serb Wartime Camp Guards’ Sentences Reduced

Boris Bosnjak, Miodrag Grubacic and Ilija Djajic, who were convicted of mistreating and abusing Bosniak and Croat civilian detainees held at a military barracks in Bileca in 1992, had their sentences reduced on appeal.

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Defendant Ilija Djajic outside court. Photo: BIRN.

The Bosnian state court announced on Monday that it has partially upheld appeals filed by former detention camp guards Boris Bosnjak Miodrag Grubacic and Ilija Djajic, who were convicted of the inhumane treatment of non-Serb civilians at the former Mosa Pijade military barracks in Bileca in 1992, reducing their sentences.

Under the second-instance verdict, Bosnjak was given eight years in prison, Djajic three years and Grubacic a year and a half, while another defendant, Milos Mavrak, was acquitted.

All three convicted men were Bosnian Serb Army soldiers at the time.

The first-instance verdict handed down in September last year sentenced Bosnjak to ten years, Grubacic to five years and Djajic to six years and acquitted Mavrak because the court could not determine whether or not he was a guard at the camp and abused detainees.

The verdict said that Bosnjak treated detainees inhumanely, causing physical and mental suffering, beat them, used an electric shock baton on them forced one prisoner to have sexual intercourse with him.

Grubacic was convicted of having participated, together with two unidentified soldiers, in the abuse of three detainees, while Djajic was convicted of causing physical and mental suffering to detainees.

The second-instance verdict cannot be appealed.

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