Judgement overturned in the Case of Slavko Milanovic over Crimes against Humanity

November 5, 2019 9:00 AM

 

On 8 October 2019, the Appellate Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a decision in the case of Slavko Milovanović, granting the Prosecutor’s appeal, overturning the judgment delivered by the Court of BiH on 27 February 2019, and ordering a retrial before the Appellate Division Panel of the Court of BiH.

The trial judgment delivered by the Court of BiH on 27 February 2019 acquitted the accused Slavko Milovanović of the charged that he committed the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1)h), as read with Subparagraph k) of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, all as read with Article 180(1) of the Code.

Count II.8 of the Indictment charges the accused Slavko Milovanović with the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity in the manner that he, as a member of the Reserve Unit of the Security Service Center Sarajevo, Public Security Station Skelani, MUP RS, committed persecution of the Bosniak and Romani population from the towns of Rešagići and Skelani on political, ethnic, cultural and religious grounds, by way of deportation or forced transfer of population from territory where they legally lived, as well as other inhumane acts of a similar nature committed with the intent to inflict great suffering or serious physical or mental injury or violation of health.

Counts of the Indictment:

The Indictment charges Slavko Milovanović with the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity in conjunction with Article 172(1) and Article 180(1) of the CC BiH.

Course of the proceedings:

Deciding upon the Prosecution appeal against the rejection of the Indictment, on 20 December 2016, the 24(7) Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina rendered a decision in the case No. S1 1 K 023868 16 Kro versus Blagomir Jovanović et al. confirming Count II 8. of the Indictment in relation to the Accused Slavko Milovanović and refusing the appeal in the remaining part.

At the plea hearing held on 23 January 2017 before Section I for War Crimes of the Court, in the Slavko Milovanović case, the accused Slavko Milovanović pleaded not guilty of the criminal offence of Crimes against Humanity.

The main trial was initiated on 15  February 2017.

Panel of Judges composed of: Samardžić Darko, Hadžiomerović Enida, Ćosić Dedović Jasmina

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.

On 8 October 2019, the Appellate Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a decision in the case of Slavko Milovanović, granting the Prosecutor’s appeal, overturning the judgment delivered by the Court of BiH on 27 February 2019, and ordering a retrial before the Appellate Division Panel of the Court of BiH.

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