sud bih.jpg
Photograph: HINA

The Bosnia and Herzegovina prosecution on Thursday raised an indictment against four former Bosnian Serb policemen charged with the murder and the expulsion of Croatian and Bosniak residents from the Prijedor area in northwestern Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.

The accused are charged with the murder of at least nine people and participating in the expulsion of Croats and Bosniaks and the looting and destroying of their property from April to the end of September 1992.

The four are accused of brutally abusing civilians as they were expelled as well as murdering detainees in the Manjaca war-time prison camp.

According to data, the most massive atrocities committed against non-Serbs, apart from Srebrenica, occurred in and around Prijedor.

It is estimated that, with the support of the Yugoslav Peoples' Army, Serb paramilitary forces had expelled more than 50,000 Croats and Bosniaks in 1992. Around 3,000 were killed, including several hundred children and more than 280 women.

Catholic churches and all the mosques in the area were razed to the ground.

Previously, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia sentenced the Serb wartime commander in that municipality, Milomir Stakic, to 40 years' imprisonment. The atrocities in Prijedor are a constituent part of the indictment and the 40-year trial verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

Related stories

Two ex-Bosnian Serb soldiers arrested for war crimes

War crimes indictment issued against 13 Bosnian Serbs

Bosnia divided ahead of Karadzic war crimes verdict

Three Bosnian Serbs indicted for war crimes

Former Bosnian Presidency member charged with war crimes

Latest news

New Romanian justice minister named after anti-corruption protests

Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has named a former judge to be the country's next justice minister, after the previous office holder resigned under pressure from mass anti-corruption protests.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

Montenegrin police extradites Miodrag Jovic to Croatia

Montenegrin police reported on Wednesday that they extradited to Croatia Miodrag Jovic (48) from Glina, after whom Interpol Zagreb issued an arrest warrant.

Croatian minister attends CoMoCoSEE conference in Albania

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek participated in a third conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-Eastern Europe (CoMoCoSEE) that took place in Tirana on February 21-22.

New Somali president asks al-Shabaab to surrender to 'help' country

Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo asked Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab to surrender in order "to help rebuild" the conflict-ridden East African nation.

Serbia's EU negotiator says minority rights neglected

The head of the Serbia's European Union accession negotiation team, Tanja Miscevic, said in Novi Sad on Wednesday that minority rights had been neglected for many years and added that positive results in that regard cannot be achieved over night, the Beta news agency has reported. 

Scientists: Nearby star's 7 rocky planets are "best bet" for life

New analysis of telescope data shows a dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth has at least seven apparently rocky planets with potential to harbour water, an international team of scientists announced Wednesday.

Croatian PM receives EIB Vice-President

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic met on Wednesday with European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Dario Scannapieco for talks on the bank's contribution to a new investment cycle in Croatia and its support to the Croatian government to implement key projects, a press release from the government's office said.

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Denmark to charge man with blasphemy over burning Koran

Danish prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a rare blasphemy case against a man who videotaped himself burning a copy of the Koran.

South Africa to raise taxes for the wealthiest

South Africa will raise the income tax rate for the country's wealthiest to 45 per cent from 41 per cent, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Wednesday.

Reformist Macron wins support of key centrist leader for French vote

France's reformist presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, got a boost on Wednesday when he picked up the support of a party leader whose centrist constituency played a pivotal role in the last two presidential elections.