Janković sentenced to 34 years' imprisonment 16 Feb 2007
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has sentenced former Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader Gojko Janković to 34 years in prison for crimes against humanity.

Gojko Jankovic / Photo courtesy of the ICTYOn 16 February 2007, the Trial Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) found Gojko Janković guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 34 years' imprisonment. The Trial Panel found that as a leader of a military unit within the Foča brigade of the Army of the Srpska Republika BiH, Gojko Janković participated in a widespread and systematic attack of the army, police and paramilitary formations on the non-Serb civilian population of the Foča municipality between April 1992 and November 1993. 

In pronouncing its verdict, the Trial Panel stated that in July 1992, Janković commanded a group of soldiers who attacked Muslim civilians hiding in the forest in the Kremnik hill.  During the attack, three civilians were killed and several were wounded. Seven men and 30 women and children were captured.  Following the interrogation and brutal beating of the captives, Janković and the soldiers under his command shot the captured men.   

On several occasions between mid-June and mid-August 1992, Janković raped a female detainee who was held captive in the Partizan sports hall in Foča. On 2 August 1992, together with Dragoljub Kunarac and Dragutin Vuković, Janković took three detained female minors from a house in Aladža to a house in the village of Trnovača. One of the detainees was held in the house for a few days while the other two were held until January 1993.  Throughout that time, Janković and Dragoljub Kunarac kept the two detainees in sexual slavery. He was acquitted of participating in the rape of another female person during the period between April and June 1992.

On 15 November 2005, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) referred the case against Gojko Janković to the Court of BiH. He was originally indicted together with Dragan Zelenović and Radovan Stanković.

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