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The Hague, 19 March 2007
The Trial Chamber in the case of Dragomir Milošević, former commander of the Sarajevo Romanija Corps (SRK) of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), today begins a three day site visit to several locations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The visiting delegation consists of judges from Trial Chamber III, as well as support staff from the Tribunal along with representatives of both the Prosecution and Defence.
Milošević, who succeeded Stanislav Galić as the commander of the SRK in August 1994 until November 1995, is charged with murder, terror and attacks on civilians in relation to a campaign of sniping and shelling attacks on the city of Sarajevo. It is alleged that as a result, thousands of Sarajevo civilians of both sexes and all ages were killed and wounded.
According to the indictment, the shelling and sniping was directed at civilians who were tending vegetable plots, queuing for bread, collecting water, attending funerals, shopping in markets, riding on trams, gathering wood, or simply walking with their children or friends. People were even injured and killed inside their own homes, being hit by bullets that came through the
windows. The indictment alleges that the attacks on Sarajevo civilians were often unrelated to military actions and were designed to keep the inhabitants in a constant state of terror.
The trial of Dragomir Milošević began on 11 January 2007 and the Prosecution has completed about half of its case-in-chief.
Press agencies are advised that there are no media opportunities during the site visit.
All press queries should be directed to Registry Liaison Officer Matias Hellman in the Tribunal's Sarajevo Office at tel. +387-33-773218.