Milorad Kojić, Director of the Republic of Srpska Center for Research of War, War Crimes and Searching for Missing Persons, expressed his dissatisfaction with today’s verdict to Sakib Mahmuljin, former Commander of the 3rd Corps of the so-called Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for war crimes against Serbs in the areas of Vozuća and Zavidovići, stating that the punishment is inadequate for the crimes committed.

“We cannot be satisfied with Mahmuljin’s sentence of eight years in prison, keeping in mind the scale and magnitude of the crimes committed there,” Kojić said to Srna, adding that even the ICTY itself stated in the earlier verdicts to Rasim Delić that widespread sadistic crimes were committed in the area.

Kojić pointed out that such a mild sentence for Mahmuljin cannot be a form of satisfaction for the victims and the families of Serbian victims.

“In the case of Mahmuljin, there is a direct line of command responsibility, and the verdict is an eight-year prison sentence which cannot be a form of satisfaction for the victims and the families of Serbian victims, keeping in mind that the length of the sentence is not appropriate for the scale and characteristics of the crimes committed,” Kojić pointed out, adding that the well-known fact that Serbs were executed by beheading in this area speaks to the bestiality of the crimes.

Kojić stated that there are direct perpetrators of these crimes and other persons who failed to deploy mechanisms of preventing the crimes, who were not named in the indictment.

“I am afraid that there is no practice of charging those persons as well,” said Kojić.

The Appellate Division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has sentenced Sakib Mahmuljin to eight years of imprisonment for war crimes committed against Serbs in the areas of Vozuća and Zavidovići in 1995.