Acquittal rendered in the Nenad Perovic Case over Crimes against Humanity

Having completed a trial, on 31 May 2019 the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered a trial judgment in the criminal case against the accused Nenad Perović, acquitting the accused Nenad Perović of the charges that he committed the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1)h), as read with Subparagraph g), as read with Article 31 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, all in conjunction with Article 180(1) of the same Code.

The accused Nenad Perović was acquitted based on Article 284, Subparagraph c), of the BiH Criminal Procedure Code (CPC BiH), or because it was not proven that the accused committed the criminal offense he was charged with.

The accused was acquitted of the charges that between late May 1992 and late 1993, during a widespread and systematic attack launched by the Army of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the police from the Rogatica Public Security Station, supported by paramilitary formations coming from Serbia, directed against Bosniak civilians, in the territory of Rogatica municipality, as a member of the Army of Republika Srpska – VP 7084 Rogatica, knowing of the attack and that his actions constituted part of the attack, participated in the persecution of the Bosniak civilian population in the Rogatica municipality on ethnic and religious grounds in relation to helping another soldier force a female person, by the use of force or threat of direct assault on her life or limb, to sexual intercourse (rape) and by participation in any other form of serious sexual violence.

Pursuant to Article 189(1) of the CPC BiH, the accused is relieved of the obligation to cover the costs of the criminal proceeding and the scheduled amount which will be fully borne by the Court’s budget appropriations.

Pursuant to Article 198(3) of the CPC BiH, the injured party is advised to pursue her compensation claim in civil proceedings.

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