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Indictment amended, accused faces additional charges.

Press Release · Communiqué de presse

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)


The Hague, 26 September 1995

CASE No. IT-94-1-T / DEFENDANT: Mr. Dusko Tadic. UPDATE-6.

As a result of amendments to the indictment previously issued against him, Mr. Dusko TADIC will appear on Tuesday 24 October 1995 to hear the additional charges brought against him by the Prosecutor.

During this hearing, scheduled at 10 a.m., the Accused will be called upon to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty on each of the new counts.

New counts

Previously charged with crimes allegedly committed between 24 May and 30 August 1992 at the Omarska camp and in the areas of Kozarac, Jaskici and Sivci, the Accused is now additionally charged with alleged crimes committed "between about 23 May and about 31 December 1992 at the Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje camps", and "deportation" of Muslim and Croat residents of
the Prijedor area (north-western Bosnia).

The Prosecutor subsequently charges the accused with crimes against humanity (persecution on political, racial and/or religious grounds and deportation) and with a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (unlawful deportation, or transfer or unlawful confinement of civilians).

All the previous counts in the initial indictment remain in substance unchanged, although their presentation has been modified. They were, and are: - Forcible sexual intercourse with "F" (counts 4-6) - Killing of four identified detainees, beating of one identified detainee, and inhumane acts against "G" and "H" in Omarska (counts 7-13) - Beating of one detainee in Omarska (counts
14-16) - Beating of three identified detainees and other unnamed prisoners in Omarska (counts 17-19) - Abuse of unknown prisoners in Omarska (counts 20-22) - Beating and abuse of one identified detainee and other unnamed prisoners in Omarska (counts 23-25) - Killing of four civilians in Kozarac (counts 26-30) - Killing of five civilians and beating of eight civilians in the area of
Jaskici and Sivci

The charges brought in the initial indictment against co-accused Goran BOROVNICA remain unchanged.

New Preliminary Motions filed by the Defence

Filed with the Registry on 8 August 1995, the amended indictment has been reviewed by Judge Adolphus Karibi-Whyte who considered the supporting material and who confirmed it on 1 September 1995.

It was expeditiously transmitted to the Defence lawyer who subsequently modified the motions previously filed on the following issues: - Form of the indictment - Principle of non-bis-in-idem - Suppression of evidence obtained in Germany from the accused

The amended Defence motions filed on 4 September 1995 complain that the amended indictment is "even more vague than the initial indictment " , "still unreasonably contains a concurrence of crimes for the same behaviour", and "exposes the accused to a double prosecution in the case of Keraterm". The third motion (suppression of evidence obtained from the accused in
Germany) has not been modified.

The above-mentioned Defence motions will be heard on Tuesday 24 October1995 immediately after the Initial Appearance Hearing on the amended indictment.