Montenegro Urged to Probe Bosniak’s Torture Claims

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26 Nov 14
Montenegro Urged to Probe Bosniak’s Torture Claims

Montenegrin watchdog MANS urged the authorities to investigate allegations by a Bosniak ex-prisoner who was convicted of libel after writing a book about his alleged torture in jail during wartime.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica

Ibrahim Cikic.

The NGO on Tuesday called on newly-appointed Montenegrin Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic to investigate the allegations in Ibrahim Cikic’s book and bring those who tortured Bosniaks during the 1990s to justice.

Cikic was recently found guilty of the defamation of 11 prison employees he named in his memoir about the torture he suffered in 1994, Where the Sun Does Not Shine.

The court ordered Cikic to pay 4,000 euro in compensation for the mental anguish he caused to the former director of the prison in the town of Bijelo Polje, Luka Bulatovic, and to prison doctor Tomo Karisik.

Cikic and 20 other leading members of the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action of Montenegro were sent to prison in 1994 after being convicted of plotting an armed conflict in the northern Sandzak region. He insisted however that the charge was politically motivated.

The NGO said that Cikic should not be penalised for speaking out in his book.

“Cikic’s conviction [for libel] is another example that shows how the Montenegrin regime treats its political enemies and turns victims into culprits,” MANS said in a statement.

Instead of investigating his allegations, the NGO added, Cikic was convicted and ordered to pay damages for the emotional distress of the people who brutally tortured him.

It urged all political parties that stand for democracy and human rights to do everything they can to help ensure that Cikic does not becomes a “double victim of the regime”.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)