The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina accepts the State Prosecution’s motion and orders the extension of custody for Veselin Vlahovic and Sasa Baricanin, who are charged with crimes committed in Grbavica, Sarajevo.
As per the State Court’s decision, the two indictees may be held in custody until the end of the trial or for a maximum of three years from the indictment confirmation dates.
Among other reasons, the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina filed the custody extension motion against Vlahovic and Baricanin because of the grounded suspicion that they committed the crimes for which they are charged and due to concern that they might influence witnesses and accomplices.
In its custody extension motion for Vlahovic, the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina said that there was a danger that the indictee might seek to flee and â€œa serious possibility that the public order and peace might be disturbedâ€.
Baricanin’s Defence objected to the custody extension motion, calling on the Court to pronounce prohibiting measures instead. The Defence of Vlahovic did not object to the motion.
In February 2011, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed the indictments against Vlahovic and Baricanin.
Vlahovic is charged, as a former member of paramilitary formations, with having committed murders and rape and physically and mentally abusing Bosniak and Croat civilians in Grbavica, Kovacici and Vraca, Sarajevo during the course of 1992 and 1993.
Baricanin, who was allegedly acting in collaboration with Vlahovic, is charged with having treated civilians who were forcibly detained in Grbavica in July 1992 in an inhumane manner, causing them physical and mental injuries and robbing them.
The indictment alleges that the two indictees forcibly took three civilians away and killed them at an unknown location. Baricanin is charged with having raped a woman whom he held in an apartment several times and with allowing another unidentified person to rape her.
Vlahovic has been held in custody since August 26, 2010, when he was extradited from Spain after having been arrested in that country at the beginning of March 2010. The State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, arrested Baricanin in Pale at the beginning of February. He has been held in custody since then.