First instance Court convicts Ibrahim Ceco for war crimes against Sarajevo Serbs


The Cantonal Court in Sarajevo sentenced Ibrahim Ceco, a former BiH Army member, to 18 months in prison for a war crime against the civilian population in the Sarajevo settlement of Dobrinja, committed in September 1992.


the co-chair of the Court panel, Melika Murtezic, said that the verdict was passed on the basis of the testimony of the injured party, Slobodan Vucicevic, who described in detail the events that happened 30 years ago, for which he does not claim any compensation.

The cantonal court sentenced Ceco to one year and six months in prison under the Criminal Code of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ), which was in force at the time the crime was committed.

The indictment of the Cantonal Prosecutor's Office in Sarajevo, which was confirmed in 2012, stated that on September 18, 1992, as a then member of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ceco physically abused civilians of Serb ethnicity who were digging trenches in the area of Dobrinja V.

At the end of 2012, CeCo was sentenced to two years in prison for this crime, but the Supreme Court of the Federation of BiH entity overturned that verdict and sent the case back to the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo for a renewed trial.

This verdict can be appealed against within 15 days.


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