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Bosnia-Herzegovina: and for prisoners still detained

08-02-1996 News Release 96/5

After some very busy days at the end of January, when more than 780 prisoners were released by the Bosnian government, the Bosnian Serbs and the Bosnian Croats, a last group of almost 200 known prisoners currently remain in detention. This number includes over 60 detainees accused of having committed war crimes who, in accordance with Article IX (g) of Annex 1-A to the Peace Agreement, are being held pending further investigations. These persons are held on the basis of suspicion of having committed violations of international humanitarian law during the war in Bosnia. The others should be released without delay.

To be sure that all prisoners held in connection with the conflict are released in accordance with the obligations endorsed by the parties, the ICRC is following up all allegations concerning places of detention where detainees not yet registered by the ICRC might still be found.