|Dragoljub Kunarac. Photo: ICTY.|
The Bosnian state court on Friday confirmed an indictment charging war crimes convict Dragoljub Kunarac with committing further crimes in the Foca area in 1992.
The state prosecution told BIRN that now that the indictment has been confirmed, the state court will decide on whether the case will be transferred to Germany or whether a trial in Sarajevo will be requested.
Kunarac, alias Zaga and Dragan, is currently serving a 28-year sentence after being convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
He was jailed by the UN court for multiple rape and the enslavement of two women – the first-ever case in which an international war crimes court treated sexual violence as a crime against humanity.
The Bosnian prosecution accuses him of the persecution of the Bosniak civilian population in the Foca area.
“Kunarac has been charged, in his capacity as commander of a Bosnian Serb Army special unit, with having participated, in collaboration with other uniformed and armed members of Zaga’s [Kunarac’s] Unit, in the murder of at least six people, torturing and causing severe physical pain and mental suffering to captured civilians, and deportations of the Bosniak civilian population from the villages and hamlets of Kobilja Ravan, Luke and Falovici-Podpece on July 27 and 28, 1992, in connection with the persecution,” the prosecution alleged in the indictment.
He has also been charged with participating in setting houses and other property on fire.
In February 2017, the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals refused a request for Kunarac’s early release.
“Although Kunarac has served two-thirds of his sentence as of November 1, 2016, the concrete circumstances of his case, including the gravity of the crimes, as well as the fact that Kunarac has not demonstrated sufficient signs of rehabilitation, prevail against his early release at this stage,” judge Theodor Meron said in his decision.