The Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office has issued an indictment against an Egyptian national, a member of the El Mujahid unit, for committing war crimes against Croat civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
The name of the accused man is Mirsad Hodzic, born in Egypt in 1970 as Hany Abdalla, the Prosecutor's Office said on Friday. While in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he also used the nickname Abu Jaffer.
As a member of the Mujahedin unit attached to the Bosnian Army 3rd Corps, during fighting against Bosnian Croat HVO forces he acted in violation of the provisions of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, according to the indictment.
In October 1993, in the Travnik area of central Bosnia, Hodzic allegedly put five Croat civilians in confinement, treating them as hostages whom he wished to exchange. The civilians were taken to a Mujahedin camp in Orasac village where Hodzic and other Mujahedin fighters physically and mentally abused them.
The indictment was submitted to the State Court for confirmation.