Retired Bosnia and Herzegovina Army general Sakib Mahmuljin was on Wednesday indicted for war crimes committed in 1995 by the "El Mujaheed" unit, consisting mostly of volunteers from Islamic countries.
During the 1992-1995 war Mahmuljin commanded the Army's 3rd Corps, which included the "El Mujaheed" unit comprising Islamist volunteers from Asia and Africa. Those troops committed war crimes, including ritual executions of prisoners, which often involved decapitation. The investigation into those crimes, perpetrated in the area of Zavidovici and Vozuca, was launched by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and later passed on to the Bosnian judiciary.
Mahmuljin is indicted on the basis of his command responsibility and is believed to have known the perpetrators' intentions.
The indictment also refers to the inhumane treatment of twenty POWs and civilians whom the El Mujaheed troops refused to hand over to military police at the time.
Under the indictment, as the commander of the corps, Mahmuljin failed to prevent the crimes and later failed to punish the perpetrators.