Citizens’ Association “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded by human rights activists “Justice for David” and the humanitarian organization “Justice for David and All Children of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Vienna, Austria, founded by the parents of the murdered David Dragicevic initiate a petition to take over the “Dragicevic” case from the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka and transfer it to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The lifeless body of David Dragicevic was found on March the 24th 2018. Two days later, the Republic of Srpska’s police said at a press conference that David had fought, robbed a house, and then I fell into the Crkvena River and that it was “death by accident”. The gathered journalists at the press conference were addressed by: Darko Ilic, the then head of the Directorate for Organized and Serious Crime of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska; Zeljko Karan, pathologist, then director of the Institute for Forensic Medicine of the Republic of Srpska, Darko Culum, the then director of the police (the current director of SIPA) and Zeljko Spasojevic, then head of the Banja Luka Police Department.
The illogicalities that were presented at the shameful press conference provoked a stormy reaction from the public, so the press conference was organized with the intention of covering up the truth about the suffering of David Dragicevic. Parents, friends of the murdered young man and citizens started daily gatherings with the goal of finding out the complete truth about the suffering of David Dragicevic.
It is important to note that the parents claimed from the beginning that the kidnapping and murder were organized, and that members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska were involved in the murder, and all their claims were supported by evidence. Inspectors and doctors who performed the investigation and autopsy removed the evidence, (crime technicians Mikica Marijanac and Zoran Bošnjak, and on the orders of inspector Siniša Kojdić), in order to cover up the manner in which the young man was killed, specifically, they threw underwear which is key evidence of which it was clear how David was killed. The autopsy report also provided inaccurate information about the time of the death.
The daily public address of David Dragicevic’s parents and Justice for David activist, as well as public pressure, led to the case being qualified as murder. On July the 4th 2018, on the 100th day of the protest, the District Public Prosecutor’s Office qualified the case as a murder, which is the only thing that the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka did in this case. The then chief district prosecutor, Zelimir Lepir, himself stated that the Minister of the Interior, Dragan Lukac, asked him to issue an order not to conduct an investigation in the case of the murder of David Dragicevic.
Acting prosecutor Dalibor Vreco, against whom disciplinary proceedings have been initiated and who has been linked to various criminal acts, as well as abuse of office, has suspended the investigation against Inspector Sinisa Kojdic. Dalibor Vreco did not file an indictment against the inspector who ordered the throwing of David’s underwear, and despite all the evidence and facts that put the inspector directly in connection with the cover-up of the murder case, he issued an order not to conduct an investigation against him. The question still arises as to why the acting prosecutor makes decisions for both cases that are in conflict of interest.
The investigation into the murder of David Dragicevic has been formally underway for almost three years, but there is no concrete result. The lawyer of the Dragicevic family, Ifet Feraget, believes that it has long been clear that the investigation is being conducted only to create the illusion that the prosecutors are doing something, and not with the intention of investigating the brutal murder of David Dragicevic.
Based on the already mentioned circumstances, an appeal was filed with the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March the 15th 2019 by Davor Dragicevic, together with lawyer Ifet Feraget, for failing to conduct an adequate investigation into the murder of David Dragicevic.
There are strong arguments for the transfer of the Dragicevic case from the Banja Luka District Public Prosecutor’s Office, and in this way we appeal to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to do so.
No one in the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka will conduct an adequate investigation into the murder of David Dragicevic, because prosecutors and leaders of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska are protecting each other and will never arrest perpetrators or accomplices.
Given that there has been a shift in the investigation in the “Memic” case, please sign a petition to take over the “Dragicevic” case from the Banja Luka District Public Prosecutor’s Office and transfer it to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.