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First-ever video-link interview in investigation phase led to guilty verdict before Cantonal Court in Novi Travnik

Category
Mission Activity
Date(s)
Subject
Policing
Subject
Policing
Date(s)
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
rule of law, criminal investigation

Summary

On 22 May, the Cantonal Court in Novi Travnik (CC Novi Travnik) reached a guilty verdict in a wartime sexual violence case, sentencing the first accused to three and a half years of imprisonment and the second accused to five and a half years. The Court also accepted the compensation claim submitted by the representative of the victim and ordered the accused to pay the victim EUR 11,380. The Mission assisted the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office Travnik (CPO Travnik) in conducting (for the first time ever in Bosnia and Herzegovina) a video-link interview during the investigation phase. The Mission developed the procedure and the template for its use, and it assisted CPO Travnik in meeting all the technical and legal requirements to secure the victim’s testimony from Canada, which was essential for closing the ten-year investigation into the case. With the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and good co-operation between RCMP and CPO Travnik as well as CC Novi Travnik, the victim testified via video-link at the main trial.

Information

Added on
04 Jul 2017
Origin
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Keywords
rule of law, criminal investigation
Rights
OSCE