Army Ex-commander Ramiz Drekovic goes on Trial for Artillery Attacks

The former commander of the Bosnian Army’s Fourth Corps, Ramiz Dreković, goes on trial for committing a war crime by ordering artillery attacks on a Serb-populated village in the Konjic area in 1995.

The trial of Ramiz Dreković opened at the state court in Sarajevo on Tuesday, with the defendant accused of ordering artillery units of the Bosnian Army’s Fourth Corps to carry out non-selective attacks on Serb civilians in the village of Kalinovik in the Konjic municipality between May 21 and June 7, 1995, BIRN reports.

The accused is charged that he, as Commander of 4 Corps of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, acted contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

He is charged that in the spring of 1995 he issued a direct, strictly confidential order to artillery units in the general area of the municipality of Konjic to carry out indiscriminate shelling of the village of Kalinovik inhabited by the people of Serb ethnicity.

As a result of the shelling that took place on several occasions in the course of May and June 1995, a child aged 15 and several other children and adults were more or less severely wounded. The shelling resulted in the large destruction of property and facilities.

The accused is charged with the criminal offense of War Crimes against Civilians.

The Prosecution will be proving the allegations from the indictment by calling about 50 witnesses and expert witnesses and by filing more than 200 pieces of material evidence.

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