2010-07-27, London, United Kingdom. Judge Timothy Workman of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court rejected Serbia’s request to extradite Ejup Ganic on charges of war crimes. Sebrian War Crimes Prosecutor accused Mr. Ganic of masterminding the Dobrovoljacka Street massacre that took place on May 2 and 3, 1992, when Bosnian Muslims killed scores of JNA soldiers that were departing for Serbia.
The defence argued that the extradition request was politically motivated, that the claims of Ganic’s responsibility have been investigated and rejected by the WCS of the BiH and the ICTY, and that the accused would not get a fair trial in Serbia. The British Prosecutor arguing on behalf of the Serbian counterpart pointed to the evidence of Ganic’s involvement in the incident, positive reviews of the Serbian war crimes trials and to the availability of the appeal to the ECHR.
Judge Workman sided with the defence. Serbian War Crimes Deputy Prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said that the ruling would be appealed.