Montenegro Policeman in Deportation Case Wins Payout

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06 Feb 15

Montenegro Policeman in Deportation Case Wins Payout

Montenegro will have to pay 87,000 euros to a former policeman for unlawful detention after he was acquitted of war crimes charges for detaining and deporting Bosnian refugees in 1992.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN

Podgorica

A court on Wednesday ruled that the state of Montenegro has to pay compensation to a former police officer, Branko Bujic, who illegally spent two years in custody while indicted for war crimes committed in Montenegro in 1992.

Media reports said that while Bujic’s legal representatives demanded 220,000 euros in compensation, the court awarded a lower sum of 87,000 euros for deprivation of liberty.

“The damage caused to Bujic is even greater due to the fact that he was a public worker, a respectable citizen and honest man,” the daily Dan said, citing the compensation award.

Buijc was one of nine policemen charged with the unlawfully arresting and deporting Bosniak and Bosnian Serb refugees from Montenegro to the Bosnian Serb entity during the war in Bosnia in May 1992.

Most of the detained refugees were brought to the Herceg Novi security centre, from where they were deported on buses on May 25 and 27, 1992.

Following the deportations, most of the Bosniaks were killed and their remains have yet to be found.

In June 2013, the Montenegin appeals court confirmed the acquittal of the nine former policemen following a similar ruling in November 2012, which also found that the officers cannot be held liable for committing a war crime.

In seven ongoing cases against the state for compensation for unlawul deprivation of liberty in the deportation case, the former police officers have sued Montenegro for over a million euros in total.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)