As the trial of Albina Terzic, known as Nina, continues, the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina plays a video recording, depicting former prisoners, who were held in the school building in Odzak, speaking about crimes committed in that building.
The recording, which is titled “Deceit and Crime”, was presented, as the Prosecution's material evidence, to the Trial Chamber. Among other things, the recording depicts people, who spoke about having been abused in the school building in Odzak.
One of the persons, former prisoners in the school building in Odzak, said that indictee Albina Terzic, known as Nina, organized a wedding party and wedding guests, adding that, after that, some prisoners were taken out and forced to have sex with a mentally ill person.
Albina Terzic, former member of the HVO Military Police, is charged with having participated in the inhumane treatment of Serb civilians, who were unlawfully held in the school building and “Strolit” Factory in Odzak, from May to July 1992.
The indictment alleges that Terzic hit prisoners on their neck with a police baton, encouraged a dog to attack them, tortured, humiliated and insulted them in various ways, including by forcing them to have sexual intercourse with a mentally ill person.
After having been reproduced in the courtroom, the recording was included as the Prosecution's material evidence. The Defence had no objection to this piece of evidence.
Albina Terzic Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
One of a handful female war crime defendants in Bosnia, Albina Terzic, has been sentenced to five years in prison for crimes against Bosnian Serbs in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak in 1992.
The Bosnian State Court has sentenced Albina Terzic, a former member of the Croatian Defence Council, to five years in prison for crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians illegally detained in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak in 1992.
The Trial Chamber of the Bosnian State Court found Terzic guilty of inhumanely treating prisoners held in the Odazk elementary school and the Strolit factory buildings in the summer of 1992.
According to the verdict, Terzic beat Bosnian Serb prisoners, let a dog loose on them and tortured, abused and molested them in other ways.
“Tezic’s actions represent a breach of the Geneva convention on protection of civilians. The physical abuse of prisoners was not justified especially considering that the prisoners were unarmed,” said the presiding judge of the Trial Chamber, Saban Maksumic.
The court did not accept Terzic’s alibi. The judges did not have any doubt that she was the persons who abused the prisoners in the Strolit factory and the school building.
Terzic was found not guilty on one count of the indictment which charged her with forcing the protected witness AB2 to have a sexual intercourse with a mentally ill female prisoner.
“The Council has no doubts this event took place, but we cannot find beyond a reasonable doubt that Albina Terzic took part in it, ” said Judge Maksumic.
This verdict can be appealed before the Appeals Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
26 September 2013 News
Female Bosnian War Criminal’s Sentence Cut
Selma Ucanbarlic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
The jail term for Albina Terzic, one of just a handful of women prosecuted for war crimes in Bosnia over her role in abusing prisoners, was cut on appeal from five years to three.
The Bosnian state court’s appeals chamber on Thursday reduced the sentence to be served by Terzic, who was convicted last year of war crimes against civilians in Odzak in 1992.
Terzic, a former military policewoman with the Croatian Defence Council, was found guilty of mistreating Serbs who were being detained in a primary school and a factory in Odzak.
The court found that she beat prisoners, set dogs on them, and tortured, abused and humiliated them in various other ways.