PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE OF BIH WILL APPEAL THE DECISION OF THE COURT OF BIH NOT TO ORDER CUSTODY AGAINST THE SUSPECTS OF WAR CRIMES IN ROGATICA21.10.2013. 17:25
Moreover, the Appeal will note the fact that their staying out of custody poses danger to the protected witnesses and may hinder investigation.
Releasing suspects to conduct their defense has caused great anxiety among the victims’ population and it may have negative impact on the process of return, justice and reconciliation, in view of the fact that these suspects reside in an environment in which a larger number of returnees lives, including the families of victims of war crimes charged against these suspects.
The Prosecutor’s Office believes that releasing these suspects to conduct their freedom, with prohibiting measures imposed, may harm investigation in this case, especially so since the suspects know now that the Prosecutor’s Office disposes with a wide range of evidence.
Also, by lodging the Appeal, the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH expresses its position by which it refuses to bear any responsibility whatsoever in case some of the accused become unavailable to justice.
This Appeal to the Decision of the Court of BiH rendered in the case of Marković et al., reasoned in detail, will be forwarded to the Court today.
Dear Media Representatives, when transmitting news please bear in mind that persons referred to in the news and information of the BiH Prosecutor's Office, have the status of a suspect or an accused person. Let us remind you of the principle of presumption of innocence, which defines that no person shall be considered guilty until his/her guilt has been established by a final verdict.