Floods Destroy Judicial Documents in Bosnia
The extensive floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina have destroyed key files of local courts and the Prosecution.
"We are doing all we can to save the flooded documents on the ground floor, which was worst hit by the surge. We took the files outside to dry them, and we took parts upstairs, because they are extremely important", the President of the District Court in Doboj Dusko Ninkovic told BIRN.
Water has completely flooded the ground floor, the basement and parts of the first floor of the Doboj court. Employees are working on clearing up the damage to the building, which is now covered in mud.
Other judicial buildings were damaged in Prijedor, Bijeljina, Kakanj, Gradacac, and Sanski Most, Balkan Insight added. As a result, some of the ongoing trials will need to be suspended temporarily.
The most important files concerning war crimes, however, have been stored on the upper floors of the courts.
The floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina have claimed 21 lives so far, while thousands of homes are damaged.