April 14, 2006


As the trial of Srebrenica wartime commander Naser Oric ended this week after 18 months, presiding judge Carmel Agius told a court in The Hague that she expects a judgement by the end of June.

“This has not been an easy case,” said Judge Agius.

Mr. Oric faces charges relating to his alleged responsibility for looting and wanton destruction of Serb property in villages around Srebrenica in 1992 and 1993, and for murders and abuse of 12 Serb prisoners held in the town’s prison during the same period.

In the six days set aside for closing arguments, prosecutors called for an 18-year sentence. The defence said he should be acquitted on all counts.

The prosecution has tried to prove that Mr. Oric controlled fighters said to have been personally responsible for the crimes in question. The defence has dismissed such claims, saying that at the time their client was a commander “only on paper”.

Mr. Oric also took the opportunity to briefly address the court at the end of closing arguments, saying, “I trust your honours, and I trust you will reach the right decision.”

Fairness of Mr. Oric’s Trial Questioned

There have been allegations that the tribunal has been biased against Mr. Oric.

A number of witnesses testified that Oric was aware of his impending indictment and told the commanders of SFOR in the Tuzla that he would surrender peacefully, but SFOR chose to arrest him forcefully in spite of this.

On July, 25 2003 the tribunal denied his appeal for a provisional release, even though it was clear he was no flight risk.

Many of the 52 witnesses that the prosecution called were members of the Bosnian Serb Army who participated in the seige and massacre of 8,100 Srebrenica Bosniaks and as such are untrustworthy.

The prosecution has also been accused of providing forged documents which three expert witnesess failed to authenticate, and has also been warned but not sancioned for witholding exculpatory evidence.

The judges at one point attempted to reduce the time that defence witnesses were allowed to testify, until an appeals chamber overturned this decision.

There is also outrage at the 18 year sentence that the prosecution has asked for.

Mr Oric is charged with failing to prevent and punish his subordinates for allegedlly killing 12 people.

Drazen Erdemovic, was a Serb soldier serving in Srebrenica and although he confessed to killing 70 people during the Srebrenica massacre he only received a 5 year sentance.

  1. Anonymous
    May 3, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    I am glad I found your blog. Sometimes I feel I am the only person in North America who is still concerned over the happenings in Srebrenica in July 1995. Do you know if we must wait until June to find out Oric’s fate? Do you know if they have found Mladic?
    Tara Chambers

  2. Srebrenica Massacre
    May 6, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Tara,

    The judgement in Oric case is expected at the end of June this year.

    Mladic is still a fugitive rumored to be somewhere in Serbia.

  3. Anonymous
    June 16, 2006 at 6:37 am

    Hi everyone

    I think that it is such injustice what is happening to Oric. Is it not ironic and stupid that they actually have killers of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica testifying against him? What kind of nonsense is that? A man that killed 70 people from Srebrenica was sentenced to 5 years in jail, and he was allowed to testify against Mr. Oric. Yet, they are asking to sentence Mr. Oric to 18 years in prison. On the other hand, the killers of over 8, 000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica are still free.

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Naser Oric should be set free because in those moments he didint have no option it was him who was gonna die or them Serbs so Oric did the right things otherwise he would have ended up like other 8,000 Bosnian-Muslims.. so Oric should not be punished he did what was right for him and his people who suffered thru the war without anyone trying to stop it and help because Bosnia is an muslim country if bosnia did that to Serbs U.N and other big powers would have entered right away to protect them but hey it was Bosnia Muzlim world who cares about them let them kill another 10,000 first… And it end it was just an SHAME of all other nations……

  5. Prle
    October 28, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Mr. Oric only defended his town of Potocari near Srebrenica. Since Serbs made agression on Bosnia, they attacked on April 6, 1992, Bosnians were faced with the qustion, kill or be killed. Oric and all Bosnians killed in self defense. Having in mind that Serbs started the wars in Balkans, attacking Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo…

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