Trusina incident

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The Trusina incident occurred on 16 April 1993 in the village of Trusina, located in the municipality of Konjic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 22 people, four Croat soldiers and 18 Croat civilians, were killed by the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ARBiH) during the Croat–Bosniak War.

Background[edit]

On 16 April 1993, between 8 and 9am, an engagement between the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ARBiH) and the forces of the Croatian Defence Council began. After the first few hours of the battle, ARBiH troops broke the Croatian defense, and captured Croat soldiers. Eighteen civilians, including two children, and four captured Croat fighters were killed in various locations during and/or after the battle.[1] The remaining civilians, mostly women and children were detained in several private houses, and later released from the village.[1]

Trials[edit]

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charged six members of the Bosnian army's "Zulfikar" special unit including Mensur Memić, Dževad Salčin, Nedžad Hodžić, Senad Hakalović, Nihad Bojadžić and Zulfikar Ališpago for the murder of 22 people, including four HVO members and 18 civilians.[2] Two other suspects, Edin Džeko[3][4][5] and Rasema Handanović[6] [7] were extradited from the US for their alleged involvement.

In April 2012, Rasema Handanović pleaded guilty to killing Croat civilians and prisoners of war, expressing "deep regret" for her actions.[8] She was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment after she agreed to testify against the "Zulfikar" unit members in a plea bargain.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Time for Truth: Review of the Work of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005-2010". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 2010. 
  2. ^ "Memic et al: Witnessing the Shooting of Captives". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Edin Dzeko Agrees to be Extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Sito-Sucic, Daria (20 December 2011). "U.S. extradites war crimes suspect to Bosnia". Reuters. 
  5. ^ "US extradites war crimes suspect to Bosnia to face charges he killed civilians". Washington Post. 20 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "US extradites war crimes suspect to Bosnia". MSNBC. 27 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Custody for Rasema Handanovic requested". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 28 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bosnian woman pleads guilty to war crimes". The Montreal Gazette. 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bosnian war crimes court jails first woman". Reuter. 30 April 2012. 

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