European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights

Branimir Djokic with his attorney Nebojsa Stankovic defeated BiH at the Court in Strasbourg!

This is the epilogue of the case returning military apartment of former JNA (Yugoslav Army) officer Branimir Djokic against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg after six years of legal proceedings, and before that for nearly nine years before the judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Specifically, on 27.05.2010. the Court passed judgment, which became final on 04.10.2010. year, which is bound to the BiH state to pay to Branimir Djokic within three months after the verdict the following:

  • 60,000 Eur damages for material breach of the right to property under Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which guarantees the right to peaceful enjoyment of his possessions,
  • 5,000 Euros for non-pecuniary damage, and
  • 200 euros for the costs of the proceedings.

The ruling was issued by the seven-member panel of judges from the UK, Malta, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Albania, Slovakia and Moldova.

Other people, especially former members of the JNA who acquired apartments at prevailing regulations in those states until the disintegration of Yugoslavia, will be able to exercise their right of appeal to this verdict if their cases are substantially identical to the case of Bosnia against Djokic.

According to official data, only in BiH Federation there are around 13,000 flats which before the war were owned by the former JNA officers, and he Commissariat for Refugees in Croatia estimated that this number is between 30,000 and 50,000.

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