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Female captive rescued in Bosnia
« on: May 28, 2012, 01:49:59 AM »
Female captive rescued in Bosnia

By Rusmir Smajilhodzic, Agence France-Presse May 27, 2012 11:02 PM

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Female+captive+rescued+Bosnia/6687832/story.html#ixzz1w8oybmZn

Karavlasi, Bosnia-Herzegovina – A German woman has been rescued by Bosnian police after allegedly being held captive by a couple for eight years during which she was forced to eat pig feed and pull a horse cart.

A neighbour who raised the alarm told AFP he witnessed the couple treating the woman, now 19, like an animal.

Milenko and Slavojka Marinkovic were arrested at their home in a village in the northwestern Tuzla region after police received the tip-off from neighbour Sead Makalic this month.

“They kept her locked up, neither allowing her contact with other people, nor to go to school,” police spokesperson Admir Arnautovic told FTV public television. “They subjected her to inhumane treatment and torture.”

The couple were arrested on May 17 but police on Sunday said they could not reveal further details of the case, while prosecutors were not available for comment.

The girl, who has not been named by police, had been placed in a safe house and was receiving medical treatment, investigators quoted by FTV said.

Makalic said he remembered the German girl appearing in the village of Karavlasi with her mother and two sisters but did not take much notice of her arrival.

“At the time I was helping (the Marinkovic couple) to build their house and I did not pay attention,” Makalic said.

Years later, he said he saw her eating pumpkin and corn grain used to feed the couple’s pigs.

One day, he said, he saw them make her pull a horse cart “while they were sitting on it.”

The girl’s mother denied any wrongdoing.

“This is all a lie. We live well here. Those people made up all of this,” she said.
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