Ahmet Sejdic

09.05.2017
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Facts

Ahmet Sejdic was born on 2 January 1969 in Višegrad, in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a Bosniak national and a former commander of the Bosnian Army’s First Višegrad Brigade.

In his capacity as senior military between July 1992 and February 1993, Sejdic allegedly took part, together with other members of the Bosnian forces, in the arbitrary detention, forcible transfer and displacement, torture and inhumane treatment of dozens of Serb civilians and prisoners of war of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS).

On 15 July 1992, Sejdic allegedly participated in the arbitrary detention of 44 Serbs civilians from the village of Bučje. Later, they were transferred to Trebeško Brdo, where they remained for five days. One civilian disappeared and his body was never found. Twelve villagers were sent to Čajniče, while the others were held at the police station in Goražde. The detainees were held in overcrowded rooms, without sufficient water or food.

Legal Procedure

Sejdic was arrested on 17 November 2015 by the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) and handed over to the Bosnian prosecution.

On 30 December 2015, the Bosnian state prosecution charged him with the commission of war crimes against civilians and war crimes against prisoners of war. Sejdic is accused of personally committed, ordered, aided and abetted the planning, preparation and perpetration and in other ways participated in the crimes. It is also alleged that although he knew or could have known that his subordinates were involved in inhumane treatment and looting of civilian property, Sejdic failed to prevent the commission of war crimes or punish them.

His trial started on 30 May 2016 and the defendant asked the court to drop the restrictive measures imposed on him. Early 2017, the prosecution was presenting its evidence.