The sentencing of Boban Indjic for his participation in the kidnapping of passengers from a train in Strpci and their murder in the area of Visegrad in 1993 is scheduled for January 19th.
Defense attorney Senad Kreho said that it has not been proven that Indjic, as commander of the Intervention Platoon of the Visegrad Brigade, participated in the taking of 18 civilians from the train in Strpci and their torture and murder in the Visegrad area on February 27th, 1993.
“Not a single witness confirmed that Boban Indjic was entrusted with the task by Luka Dragicevic, no witness confirmed that he and Milan Lukic ordered the dispatcher to stop the train, nor that he authenticated the passengers, nor participated in the murder,” explained Kreho.
According to Kreho, the statements of the protected witness ST-1 about the events of that day are contrary in several parts to the testimony of Mico Jovicic, who, after pleading guilty, was sentenced to six years in prison for his participation in this crime.
He stated that the key difference relates to the persons present at the school in Prelovo, where the abducted civilians were brought and where both witnesses were present. He said that Jovicicnamed four persons less than witness ST-1.
Kreho said that he has no confidence in the Judicial Council in this case because in the verdict to Dragicevic and others it stated that Indjic committed the crime for which he was accused, Detektor reports.
In December this year, After seven years of trial, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina handed down a first-instance verdict in which seven former members of the Army of the Republika Srpska (VRS) were sentenced to a total of 91 years in prison for their participation in the kidnapping of 20 civilians from a train in Strpci on February 27, 1993, who were killed in the Visegrad area. Luka Dragicevic was acquitted by the same verdict of issuing the order to take the civilians hostage.
Obrad and Novak Poluga, Petko Indjic, Radojica Ristic, Dragan Sekaric, Oliver Krsmanovic and Miodrag Mitrasinovic were each sentenced to 13 years in prison because they participated as co-perpetrators in the murder of 20 civilians who were taken from a train travelling on the Belgrade-Bar line. With this verdict, Luka Dragicevic was acquitted of the charge that, as the commander of the Second Podrinje Brigade from Visegrad, he gave the order to take civilians hostages.
By Court decision, Obrad and Novak Poluga, Indjic, Ristic and Mitrasinovic were ordered to be detained for a maximum of nine months, and Luka Dragicevic was released.