Court of Bosnia confirms Indictment against Jahja Vukovic for Organizing a Terrorist Group

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed, on 14 January 2021, an indictment in the case of Jahja Vuković charging the accused Jahja Vuković with the commission of the criminal offense of Organizing a Terrorist Group under Article 202d (29 in connection with Paragraph 1, all as read with Article 201 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CC BiH).

The indictment alleges that the accused Jahja Vuković had left BiH on 16 June 2014, went to Germany, wherefrom he took a flight to Turkey after two months, and subsequently illegally crossed the border between Turkey and Syria with the intent to join terrorist groups active in the said territory. The indictment further alleges that the accused joined formations within the terrorist organization “Jabhat al-Nusra Front” (“Al Nusra Front”) and terrorist groups active in the territory of Syria declared by the UN Security Council as terrorist organizations, whose members were committing terrorist acts by daily armed actions, including attacks on the population, killings, unlawful imprisonment, taking hostages and other acts, with the intent to change the constitutional order and the regime.

In addition, the indictment alleges that the accused stayed in the said territory along with other persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina, present in Syria with the same intent, and that, under the name “Abdulaziz”, he participated in terrorist activities, provided assistance and fought on the side of “Jabhat al- Nusra Front” forces.

The accused stayed in the Syrian territory up until the downfall and defeat of the so called “ISIL”, whereupon he took a hide in the territory of Turkey, where he was located, deprived of liberty and extradited to the judicial authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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