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Court Finds Two Serbs Guilty of Genocide: Radomir Vukovic, Zoran Tomic

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Published: April 22, 2010  

Following the completion of main trial, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina pronounced the first-instance verdict finding the accused Radomir Vuković and Zoran Tomić guilty of the crime of Genocide under Article 171. paragraph a) as read with Article 31 of the Criminal Code of BiH (CC BiH). For this offense, the Court sentenced them to long term imprisonment of 31 years each.

The accused Vuković and Tomić are found guilty because, on 12 and 13 July 1995, as members of the special police force of the 2nd Detachment of the Šekovići Special Police of the Republika Srpska MUP, at the section of the Bratunac-Konjević Polje road at Sandići, Bratunac Municipality, they participated in keeping the road passable so that Bosniaks could be transported by buses and trucks without obstruction, in securing the road, closing and opening it for traffic in line with the plan to forcibly transfer Bosniak women, children and elderly, and after they participated on 13 July 2021 in the capturing of a large number of Bosniak males who attempted to escape from the UN Safe Area, they took part in escorting a column of approximately one thousand captured Bosniaks from Sandići to the warehouse of the Kravica Farming Cooperative, knowing that they would be executed. After the captured Bosniaks were imprisoned in the warehouse, members of the 2nd Detachment started killing the captured Bosniaks from automatic weapons and by throwing hand grenades. The accused Vuković participated in the execution of the prisoners by throwing hand grenades at them, while the accused Zoran Tomić fired at them from an automatic rifle.

At the same time, the Trial Panel rendered a decision to extend custody of the Accused. Under the decision, the custody may last nine months at the longest, that is, by 22 January 2011, or until the Court issues a new decision.

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