Three years after the controversial death of 22-year-old Dzenan Memic, his family is still fighting for the truth about how it happened and they suspect the prosecutor who handled the case was, in fact, covering it up, the father and sister of the young man told N1 on Friday.
Memic died a week after he suffered head trauma in Ilidza, a neighbourhood in Sarajevo’s west.
The Sarajevo Canton Court had sentenced two people for hitting Memic with their vehicle in a first instance ruling, but the two appealed and were released.
Interestingly enough, that is what the Memic family hoped for as they believe that a politically connected person killed Dzenan but they do not want to say who.
“It is a difficult day for us and, what is worst of all, they are not letting us mourn. We should be at home mourning, but instead, I have to go to the Prosecutor’s Office to give a statement,” Dzenan’s father, Muriz Memic, told N1 on Friday.
He and Dzenan’s sister, Arijana Memic, said they believe that the then-girlfriend of Dzenan, who was with him when he was attacked, knows what happened that night but that she does not want to talk.
In October 2016, Burzic told N1 that it was determined that Memic’s death was not a murder case.
The Memic family has meanwhile begun investigating the death by themselves. They accuse ex-Sarajevo Chief Prosecutor Dalida Burzic of manipulating the case in order to protect the perpetrator and Dzenan's former girlfriend.
Although there is an ongoing disciplinary procedure against Burzic for the way she communicated with the Memic family, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) named her State Court Judge on Thursday.
“Maybe it is good that she left, let her go,” Memic told N1, but he nevertheless condemned her promotion.
Muriz repeated his allegations against Burzic, saying she knowingly put together an indictment which claims Dzenan was the victim of a traffic accident.
Throughout the past year, Memic joined forces with the father of another young man who died under suspicious circumstances in Banja Luka, David Dragicevic.
Dragicevic’s death is now officially being handled as a murder case after police had initially said he drowned.
Davor Dragicevic, the father of the 21-year-old, never believed the death was accidental and his quest for the truth turned into the biggest anti-government protest the Serb-majority part of Bosnia, Republika Srpska (RS), had ever seen.
Dragicevic and Memic were frequent guests at each other’s protests and together even spoke to EU representatives about their quest for the truth.
Memic announced new protests over the way Dzenan’s case was handled but did not give an exact date.