Borgarting Court of Appeal acquits man of double murder in Bosnia

Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

A man in his 40s has been acquitted by the Court of Appeal of a double murder that was committed in Bosnia in 2014. In the district court, he was sentenced to 21 years in preventive detention.

In the Court of Appeal’s view, it has not been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the ex-soldier carried out the killings or that he contributed to them, Borgarting Court of Appeal wrote in a press release.

On July 28, 2014, two men were killed in a cafe in the village of Trnopolje in Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The case was first investigated by the Bosnian police. It was then taken to the Court of Appeal in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the man was acquitted. The acquittal was overturned by the Supreme Court of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The man returned to Norway before the case could be processed again in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Because the man was a Norwegian citizen and could not be extradited from Norway, the case was taken over by the Norwegian authorities in May 2018.

Following this, the Norwegian police have conducted an extensive investigation in Norway and in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Norwegian prosecuting authority indicted the man in January 2020, and he was sentenced to 21 years in preventive detention with a minimum term of ten years by Drammen District Court in August 2020.

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