The District Court in Banja Luka rejected the appeal of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Srpska

The District Court in Banja Luka rejected the appeal of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska and confirmed the first  verdict of the Basic Court, which acquitted Ozren Perduv of violating public order and peace and disturbing the citizens by shouting “Justice” and “Justice for David”.

The court decision states that it is a well-known fact that during the gathering of the group Justice for David, citizens shout certain slogans (the defendant shouted “Justice for David” and “Justice” with a raised fist), and. noise in relation to all the presented evidence, does not constitute a violation of Article 7 of the Law on Public Order and Peace, because it is not aimed at public opinion on the work of state bodies. The citizens of Banja Luka, including the accused Ozren Perduv, with the shouts “Justice for David” and “Justice” express their opinion on the work of state bodies and express dissatisfaction with the way the investigation into the death of David Dragicevic was conducted, which is not punishable according to the above mentioned article of the law.

For more than two years, the informal group “Justice for David” has been asking institutions to find the killers of David Dragicevic (21) from Banja Luka. David disappeared on the night between March 17th and 18th 2018. His body was found in the Vrbas River six days later. On March the 26th 2018.  The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Srpska held an emergency press conference at which the late David was accused of being a drug addict and burglar, and his death was qualified as accidental, although numerous injuries were present on his body. It was these accusations that aroused revolt among the citizens of Banja Luka and led them to gather in the city center every day since then.

The gatherings took place on main Square in Banja Luka until December the 25th 2018. when the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Srpska took a large number of police officers and special forces out on the streets, who clashed with bare-handed citizens. Since then, members of this group have been pressured whenever they appear in public. So far, over 300 criminal and misdemeanor warrants have been issued to human rights activists “Justice for David”. There are currently over 20 different lawsuits against over 30 human rights activists “Justice for David”.

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