Hundreds attend reinterment of Bosnian whose death sparked protests

Protest

Interment is the placing of a corpse in a grave. If a loved one dies, you need to make arrangements for the interment so that people can bid the deceased farewell.

Hundreds of people, however, demanded that his case be finally cleared up.

David Dragicevic disappeared one year ago in Banja Luka at the age of 21.

His body was found six days later in a river and his death was eventually ruled a suicide.

He was charged with theft, however his parents claimed that he was murdered by police and that the charge was fabricated.

Their “Justice for David’’ movement was centred on the demand for a transparent investigation into their son’s death.

However, the movement became a focal point of discontent with the authorities of Milorad Dodik, the politician who represents Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serbian community in the country’s multi-ethnic government.

David’s remains were transferred to the Austrian town of Wiener Neustadt, south of the capital Vienna, because his mother lives there.

“This is the second burial for David, who was murdered by the authorities of the Republic of Srpska,’’ his father Davor Dragicevic said at the cemetery, referring to the Serb portion of his country.

The father is wanted by Bosnian authorities, who claim that he jeopardised public order with the protests.