Accused Slavko Milovanovic acquitted of Charges of comitting Crimes against Humanity

February 28, 2019 11:00 AM

On 27 February 2019 the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina handed down the trial judgment in the Slavko Milovanović case, acquitting the accused Slavko Milovanović of the charges that he committed the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1)h) as read with Subparagraphs d) and k) of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, all in conjunction with Article 180(1) of the Code.

The accused Slavko Milovanović is acquitted of the charges that within a widespread and systematic attack launched by the Serb Territorial Defense in Skelani, subsequently the Army of Republika Srpska, police forces of the Security Service Center Sarajevo – Skelani Police Station, Ministry of Interior of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, subsequently the Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska, supported by artillery fire provided by the Yugoslav People’s Army from Bajina Bašta, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SRJ), subsequently Republic of Serbia, and paramilitary formations from the SRJ, knowing of the attack and that his actions constituted part of the attack, as a member of the CSB Sarajevo-SJB Skelani reserve unit, MUP RS, he participated in the persecution of Bosniak population from the territory of Rešagići, Skelani, Municipality of Srebrenica, on political, national, ethnic, cultural and religious grounds, by ordering the commission of an inhumane act, with the intention to inflict great pain and suffering on Bosniak civilians, as well as serious physical and mental injuries.

The Court acquitted the accused Slavko Milovanović because the Prosecution failed to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused indeed committed the criminal offense at issue, due to the lack of evidence that he committed the underlying acts.

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