Press Release · Communiqué de presse
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 13 May 1996
GORAN LAJIC TURNED OVER TO THE TRIBUNAL
Goran LAJIC, one of the accused named in the indictment "Sikirica and Others" issued by the Tribunal on 21 July 1995 and relating to events at Keraterm Camp, was turned over to the Tribunal by the German authorities today.
Lajic was arrested by the German police on 18 March 1996.
He will make his initial appearance before Trial Chamber I on Friday 17 May at 10.30 a.m. when he will be asked to enter a plea.
Lajic, who was born on 25 September 1967 in Banja Luka, is accused of crimes carried out in his capacity as a guard or interrogator at Keraterm Camp in the opstina Prijedor of North-western Bosnia and Herzegovina between about 24 May and 30 August 1992. He is charged with participating in the beating, torture and murder of several Keraterm detainees and is directly implicated in
the wilful killing of five named detainees: Jasmin Izejiri, Spija Mesic, Drago Tokmanovic, Emsud Bahonjic and "Car".
The crimes alleged give rise to the following charges: four counts of Grave Breaches (wilful killing, contrary to Article 2 (a) of the Statute); four counts of Violations of the Laws and Customs of War (murder), contrary to article 3 of the Statute and 3 (1) (a) of the Geneva Conventions; and seven counts of Crimes against Humanity, three in the alternative.
Four of these counts charge Lajic with murder, contrary to Article 5(a) of the Statute, while the three alternative counts charge Lajic with inhumane acts, contrary to Article 5 (i) of the Statute.