War Crimes Defendant Reports Key Witness for Murder

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ZAGREB, June 3, 2019 – Politician Branimir Glavaš, who is standing a retrial for war crimes committed against Serbs in Osijek, filed a criminal complaint against the key witness, Krunoslav Fehir, for the 1991 murder of Čedomir Vučković in a garage in Osijek, just before Fehir is about to testify in the ongoing trial of Glavaš and five more co-defendants, according to information provided by Zagreb County Court on Monday.

Vučković was murdered in August 1991 in a garage in Osijek by Fehir, who was at the time a 16-year-old member of the so-called Branimir Battalion and who was later given the status of protected witness whose testimonies incriminated Glavaš at previous trials.

Fehir’s statement was crucial for the delivery of a guilty verdict against Glavaš and other co-defendants. However, the sentencing verdicts against Glavaš and Ivica Krnjak, Gordana Getoš Magdić, Dino Kontić, Tihomir Valentić and Zdravko Dragić were quashed by the Constitutional Court.

The retrial began in 2017 with Glavaš and his co-defendants pleading not guilty to charges of war crimes against Serbs in Osijek.

In the first trial, which lasted from October 2007 to April 2009, 120 witnesses were questioned.

The retrial is being repeated a decade since Glavaš and the other defendants were found guilty and sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to ten years. The Supreme Court shortened their sentences in a 2010 verdict.

The first verdict by the Supreme Court against Glavaš, in the duration of eight years, which he served in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was quashed by the Constitutional Court in early 2015.

More war crimes news can be found in the Politics section.


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