Wartime Police Commander Trial Postponed

The start of a trial of wartime Sarajevo police officials and members was postponed, the state war crimes Court said. A new hearing in the war crime case against former commander of the special police unit Dragan Vikić, former Minister of Internal Affairs Jusuf Pušina and police members Nermin Uzunović and Mladen Čovčić will be scheduled later.

The defendants pleaded not guilty at an earlier plea hearing. On 13 January, the Court confirmed the indictment against Uzunović and Čovčić, charged with executing captured members of the Yugoslav army early into the Bosnian war, in 1992. Vikić and Pušina are charged with having knowledge that their subordinates were about to kill prisoners of war, but failed to prevent the crime and punish the perpetrators.

Dragan Vikić is a popular figure of Sarajevo defenses during the 1992-1995 siege of the city.

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