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Bosnia Convicts Serb of Wartime Rape in Rogatica

Former Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry employee Milisav Ikonic was sentenced to nine years in prison for repeatedly raping a woman in the Rogatica area in July 1992.

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Milisav Ikonic (front row, right) and Zoran Ilic (back row, right) in court. Photo: Bosnian state court.

The Bosnian state court in Sarajevo on Friday found Former Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry employee Milisav Ikonic guilty of having forcibly taken a woman from the secondary school building in Rogatica in July 1992 to an apartment, where he raped her.

The court found that he repeated the same crime over the next six days, which caused the victim mental and physical injuries.

“The injured party [codenamed] S-1 convincingly and consistently described the traumatic situation in which she found herself, as well as the things that happened to her,” said presiding judge Halil Lagumdzija.

Lagumdzija said the court took into account as mitigating circumstances the fact that Ikonic has a family, but the fact that he he committed several rapes was taken into account as aggravating circumstances.

“The chamber looked at the fact that the sexual assault was totally unwarranted and against the will of the victim, and that Ikonic was aware of its consequences,” said the judge.

Meanwhile the state court acquitted former Bosnian Serb Army serviceman Zoran Ilic of the same crime.

Ilic was cleared of raping another woman who unidentified persons had brought to an apartment in Rogatica in June 1992.

The court said the identity of the perpetrator has remained the subject of dispute and the prosecution failed to prove that Ilic committed the crime.

The verdict can be appealed.

This article is also available in: Shqip Македонски Bos/Hrv/Srp

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