BOSNIAN SERB COMMANDER ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES BECOMES SERBIAN MP


07/08/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Svetozar Andric, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Birac Brigade and later the chief of staff of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Drina Corps during the Bosnian war, was officially confirmed as a new member of the Serbian parliament after the recent elections.

In the June 21, Svetozar Andric ran parliamentary elections on the candidate list of the Serbian Patriotic Alliance.

In 2018, the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre filed a criminal complaint accusing Svetozar Andric of ordering “the eviction” of the Bosniak population from Zvornik” on May 28, 1992.

On May 31, 1992, the former commander Andric issued an order so as to establish the Susica [detention] camp in Vlasenica. According to a statement issued by Humanitarian Law Centre, the detention camp existed until September 30, 1992, and during that period, the detainees were kept in inhumane conditions.

“They slept on concrete, received one meal a day, and did not enjoy basic hygienic conditions. Most were beaten daily, while the women who were detained in the camp were raped. Around 160 detainees were killed,” it added.

When Andric testified at the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in The Hague in 2015, he denied committing the alleged crimes.

Before becoming an MP, the former commander Andric was a deputy leader of the New Belgrade municipal council.


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