Bosnia: first Muslim female condemned

For killing Croatian civilians and troops in 1993

30 April, 19:56

(ANSAmed) - SARAJEVO, APRIL 30 - A Bosnian court has for the first time found a woman guilty of war crimes, having found a Muslim woman to be guilty of the killing of Croatian civilians and service personnel during the 1992-1995 Bosnia War. Agencies report how the Sarajevo War Crimes Tribunal has condemned Rasema Handanovic (39), a former member of the Muslim Forces of Bosnia, to five and a half years' imprisonment. The woman attained a reduced sentence through collaborating with the court and confessing how she had killed 18 Croatian civilian and eight military prisoners in the village of Trusina (Herzegovina) in April 1993.

At the time, Ms Handanovic had been a member of a special unit (Zulfikar) reporting directly to the Chief in Command of the majority Muslim Bosnian army. Following the war in Bosnia, the woman emigrated to the United States, where she was arrested in April 2011, and subsequently extradited to Bosnia-Herzegovina during the following December. Rasema Handanovic, who is a dual US and Bosnian citizen, expressed remorse and regret at her actions during the war and agreed to testify against other defendants. (ANSAmed).