War crime defendant tells court he's leaving for Serbia due to unfair trial

War crime defendant tells court he's leaving for Serbia due to unfair trial

War crime defendant tells court he's leaving for Serbia due to unfair trial Izvor: BIRN BiH

The lawyer of Mirko Vrucinic, who was charged with crimes against humanity committed in Sanski Most in 1992, informed the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina that his client told him he is leaving the country for Serbia since he feels he did not have a fair trial, BIRN reported.

"On Saturday at 9am, he (Vrucinic) came to my office and told me: 'Tell the Court that I’m going to Serbia, because I did not have a fair trial,'" defence attorney Branko Gudalo said.

He said he does not know whether his client left the country or not since then.

State Prosecutor Eldina Biuk said that the Prosecutor's Office had repeatedly asked Serbia and Interpol for information on whether Vrucinic had dual citizenship or whether he had applied for Serbian citizenship, but never received an answer.

Vrucinic, a former chief of the Public Security Station and a member of the wartime Crisis Committee in Sanski Most, is charged with participating in a joint criminal enterprise which was involved in killings, forced resettlement, illegal detentions and forcible disappearances.

The trial of Vrucinic began on April 22, 2015. The defence was only left to present its closing arguments before the trial was to end.

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