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Sixteen Years Imprisonment for Two Persons quilty of Wartime Rape

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Section I for War Crimes, handed down, on 3 December 2020, and publicly announced a judgment in the case of Radovan Paprica and others finding the accused Radovan Paprica and Slavko Ognjenović guilty of the commission of the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1) g), as read with Article 180(1) of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CC BiH). The Court sentenced the accused Radovan Paprica and Slavko Ognjenović to imprisonment for a term of 8 (eight) years each.

The accused Radovan Paprica and the accused Slavko Ognjenović have been found guilty because, since the beginning of April 1992 through at least September 1992, during the ongoing widespread and systematic attack of the military, paramilitary and police forces of the so called Serb Republic of BiH, subsequently Republika Srpska, directed against the civilian Bosniak population of the Foča municipality, being aware of such an attack, and knowing that their acts formed part of the attack, as memebrs of the military forces of the so called Serb Republic BiH, subsequently Republika Srpska, they committed rape by use of force and threat. .

Pursuant to Article 198(2) of the CPC BiH, and in connection with Article 200 and Article 202 of the Law on Obligations, the claim under property law filed by the injured party was granted in part, and the two accused ordered to jointly pay to the injured party, bay way of compensation of non-pecuniary damage, the total amount of KM 37,000.00 as follows: for mental pain due to violations of the right to freedom and personality the amount of KM 12,000.00, and for mental pain due to reduced capacity to maintain living activities in the amount of KM 25,000.00, in addition to the legal default interest running from the date of announcement of the first instance judgment on 3 December 2020 within a 30-day period following the judgment finality under the threat of enforced collection. In relation to the remaining part of the filed claim under property law, the injured party is instructed to file a civil action.

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