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Crime in Banski Grabovac

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Trial against Mirko Korelija, Miroslav Peškir and Ranko Šimulija, charged with a war crime against prisoners of war stated in Article 120 of the OKZRH.

INDICTMENT (SUMMARY)

The accused persons are charged that, in their capacity as members of Serb paramilitary formations, on 5 August 1995, they took out captured Mladen Brleković, Croatian Army member of “XII Domobranska pukovnija“ out of the prison in Banski Grabovac, took him to the woods nearby the village of Miočinovići and killed him at close range from automatic rifles.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Zagreb County Court

Case No.: 2 K-RZ-11/12

War Crimes Council (judges’ panel): judge Tomislav Juriša, Council President, judges Mirko Klinžić, and Petar Šakić, Council Members

Indictment: K-DO-8/09 issued by the Sisak ŽDO dated 9 May 2011

Prosecution: Jurica Ilić, Zagreb County Deputy State’s Attorney

Criminal offence: war crime against prisoners of war referred to in Article 122 of the OKZ RH

Accused persons/defendants: 1st defendant Mirko Korelija, 2nd defendant Miroslav Peškir, 3rd defendant Ranko Šimulija – unavailable to Croatian judiciary, reside in the area of the Republic of Serbia

Defence: Domagoj Rupčić, lawyer practicing in Sisak representing the 1st defendant; Danko Kovač, lawyer practicing in Sisak representing the 2nd defendant., Zorko Kostanjšek, lawyer practicing in Sisak representing the za 3rd defendant

Victim – killed: Mladen Brleković

TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS

BANSKI GRABOVAC izvjestaji s pracenja  (available in Croatian)

Crime in Škabrnja (defendant Renato Petrov)


 

Repeated trial against defendant Renato Petrov for a war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the Basic Criminal Law Act of the Republic of Croatia (OKZRH).
INDICTMENT

The indictment issued on 22 August 1994 is in force against defendant Renato Petrov. He is charged that, together with several other persons, he committed a war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH.

Since there is a separate trial in respect of Petrov, the Zadar ŽDO amended the indictment on 20 September 2011. It can be viewed (in Croatian) here.
THE CASE HISTORY

The Zadar County Court rendered the verdict No. K-25/94 of 11 November 1995 and sentenced Renato Petrov in his absence to 20 years in prison. The trial was also conducted against Goran Opačić and another 25 defendants, and Renato Petrov was the 14th defendant among them. The mentioned verdict can be viewed (in Croatian) here.
On the basis of the arrest warrant issued by Interpol, Petrov was arrested in Dusseldorf at the beginning of April 2011, and Germany extradited him to Croatia in July 2011.

The Zadar County court issued a decision on 22 July 2011 in which it permitted the reopening of criminal proceedings.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Zadar County Court

Case file number: K-40/11

War Crimes Council:

judge Boris Balić, President of the Council; judges Vladimir Mikolčević and Boris Radman, Council Members

Indictment: issued by the Zadar ŽDO, No. KT-41/92 of 22 August 1994; amended on 20 September 2011 after separation of proceedings

Prosecution: Sobodan Denona, Zadar County Deputy State Attorney

Criminal offence: war crime against civilians, Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OK ZRH

Defendant: Renato Petrov

Defence: Dragan Jovanić, a lawyer practising in Rijeka

Victims:
– 43 persons killed by firearms; one female person was ran over by a tank
– defendant Petrov is charged that he killed an elderly male person by firing one shot from a handgun

 
TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS

ŠKABRNJA izvještaji s rasprave (available in Croatian)
VERDICT

On 28 September 2012, the Zadar County Court’s War Crimes Council pronounced a verdict according to which the defendant, because of the lack of evidence, is acquitted. The previous verdict on the basis of which he had been sentenced to 20 years in prison was abolished. Detention order against the defendant is vacated.

Crime in Prokljan and Mandići

Trial against Božo Bačelić, Ante Mamić, Luka Vuko and Jurica Ravlić, charged with a war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH and a war crime against prisoners of war under Article 122 of the same Act.     INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The Šibenik ŽDO’s Indictment No. K-DO-45/01 of 1 March 2002 charges defendants Božo Bačelić, Ante Mamić, Luka Vuko and Jurica Ravlić that in Prokljan of the Skradin municipality on 11 August 1995 in the afternoon hours, during the armed conflict between the Croatian Army and Serb paramilitary formations, they committed a war crime against civilians by killing a married couple of Serb ethnicity Milica and Nikola Damjanić. In specific, defendant Bačelić in his capacity as a platoon commander and the other mentioned defendants as members of that platoon of the 113th Reconnaissance Company of the HV Brigade, following the military-police operation Storm, tasked to search this just liberated part of the Croatian territory, found civilians Nikola Damjanić (born in 1919) and his wife Milica (born in 1921) in front of their house. Defendant Bačelić ordered defendants Mamić, Vuko and Ravlić to open fire at the mentioned civilians from automatic firearms so they fired several shots at the civilians and Bačelić did the same. As a result of this shooting, the civilians-injured parties sustained several gunshot injuries as follows: Milica, among other, sustained a bullet exit wound in her head, and Nikola sustained, among other, bullet exit wounds of his both shanks. After that, defendant Mamić, Ravlić and Vuko, by following the Bačelić’s command, placed planks, tires, branches and fishing nets on the dead bodies of the injured persons and set them on fire. Therefore, they committed a war crime against civilians. On 11 May 2007, the Šibenik ŽDO extended the indictment in respect of defendants Božo Bačelić, Ante Mamić and Jurica Ravlić charging them also with war crime prisoners. The defendants are charged that in the Mandići hamlet in the Kistanje municipality, in the afternoon on a still-undetermined date, 9 or 10 of August 1995, during the armed conflict between the Croatian Army and Serb paramilitary formations, they killed a war prisoner. In specific, defendant Bačelić in his capacity as a platoon commander and Mamić and Ravlić as members of that platoon, tasked to search for remaining or just-joined-in members of paramilitary outlaw formations, they captured member of the RSK army Vuk Mandić. They asked him to surrender his hidden rifle. Then, they tied his arms with a rope at the back, pushed him in the “Zastava 101” personal vehicle and took him to an abandoned house located on the road Đevrske-Kistanje. There, they took him out of the vehicle, placed him against the house wall and killed him by firing from automatic weapons and after that they untied his hands.     GENERAL INFORMATION Šibenik County Court Case file number: K-6/02 Panel: judge Jadranka Biga-Milutin, President of the Council, judges Ordana LaburaVijeća, lay judges Željko Scotti, Joško Erceg and Ivan Martinović, Council Members Indictment: No. K-DO-45/01 issued by the Šibenik ŽDO on 1 March 2002 Prosecution: Živana Beroš-Dodig, Šibenik County Deputy State’s Attorney Criminal offence: war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH and war crime against war prisoners under Article 122 of the same Act Defendants: Božo Bačelić, Ante Mamić, Luka Vuko and Jurica Ravlić Defence: Jure Martinović, lawyer practicing in Zadar, Mladen Klarić, lawyer practicing Šibenik, Marko Marinović, lawyer practicing in Zadar, Željko Gulišija, lawyer practicing in Zadar and Mijo Jeličić, lawyer practicing in Zadar Victims – killed: Milica and Nikola Damjanić Repeated trial Split County Court Case file number: Krz-1/11 Panel: judge Ivona Rupić, President of the Council, judge Stanko Grbavac and judge Mlađan Prvan, Council Members Indictment: No. K- DO-45/01 of 1 March 2002 and 11 May 2007 issued by the Šibenik ŽDO Prosecution: Zvonko Ivić, Šibenik County Deputy State Attorney Criminal offence: war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH, war crimes against war prisoners under Article 122, paragraph 1 of the same Act. Defence: representing the 1st defendant, Tomislav Jonjić representing the 2nd defendant, Marko Marinović representing the 3rd defendant, Željko and Vinko Gulišija representing the 4th defendant, Mijo Jeličić Victims – killed: Milica and Nikola Damjanić, Vuk Mandić TRIAL HISTORY OF THE CASE AND VERDICTS Defendants were arrested for the first time on 4 September 2001. By the Šibenik County Court verdict no. K-6/02 of 11 September 2002, the defendants were acquitted. The VSRH’s chamber, in its decision no. I Kž 65/03-8 of 5 April 2007 upheld the appeal of the State Attorney’s Office, quashed the first-instance verdict and remanded the case for retrial to be held before completely changed council composition. Click here to read in Croatian the VSRH’s decision of 5 April 2007. Defendants Mamić, Vuko and Ravlić were returned to custody after the issuance of the verdict in 2007 by the VSRH whereas the 1st defendant Bačelić was not returned because he became unavailable. Mamić, Vuko and Ravlić were kept in custody until the expiry of maximum detention period, and with this expiry their detention was vacated. Defendant Bačelić was arrested in Germany in February 2012 and Germany extradited him to Croatia in April 2012.     VERDICT On 13 June 2013, the Split County Court pronounced the first-instance verdict in which Božo Bačelić was sentenced to a single prison sentence in the duration of five years and ten months. Bačelić received the minimum sentence prescribed by law for war crime against civilians and he also received the minimum sentence for war against prisoners and these two sentences were merged into a single prison sentence. Ante Mamić and Jurica Ravlić were acquitted of the charges that they participated in killing the war prisoner; the charges against Ante Mamić, Jurica Ravlić and Luka Vuko for aiding and abetting the perpetrator after killing two civilians were rejected because it came to a statute of limitation for criminal prosecution.

Crime in the Medak Pocket (defendant Velibor Šolaja)

Trial against Velibor Šolaja, charged with a war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH. INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The ŽDO Zagreb’s Indictment charges Velibor Šolaja that in September 1993 in the village of Čitluk, during the “Pocket 93” Military Action, he committed a war crime against civilians by killing one unidentified elderly female person. GENERAL INFORMATION Zagreb County Court Case No.: 7 K-rz-23/12 War Crimes Council (judges’ panel): judge Ivan Turudić, Council President, judges Zdenko Posavec and Ratko Šćekić, Council Members Indictment: No. K-DO-84/12 issued by the Zagreb ŽDO on 31 August 2012. Prosecution: Jurica Ilić, Zagreb County Deputy State’s Attorney Criminal offence: war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120 § 1 of the OKZRH Defendant: Velibor Šolaja Defence counsel: Nenad Škare and Silvije Petrović, lawyers practising in Zagreb Victim – killed: unidentified female person   TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS MEDAČKI DŽEP (OPT. VELIBOR ŠOLAJA) izvještaji s praćenja suđenja (available in Croatian)

Destruction of the Catholic church in Glina

Trial against Ranko Birač for criminal offence of destruction of cultural and historic monuments stated in Article 130 of the OKZ RH.   INDICTMENT According to the Sisak County State Attorney’s Office indictment No: KT-56/97 dated on 16 July 2007, Ranko Birač was charged that – after the Glina Municipality Executive Council of the so-called Republika Srpska Krajina had reached the decision on appointing Birač an official bearer of activities on demolition and transporting the rubble remaining after the demolition of the Catholic church of the Saint Ivan Nepomuk in Glina, in which religious ceremonies for Croatian (Catholic) population had been held prior to the occupation of Glina – he had organised a total demolition of the previously damaged walls of the church and had participated with his own truck in transporting the rubble into the old bed of the Glina river, so that the church had been levelled to the ground and the only thing that remained on that spot was a meadow, and thus Birač had committed a criminal offence against humanity and against the international law by destroying cultural and historic monuments in Glina in the period from 02 August 1994 until 31 December 1994, during the armed rebellion and the aggression against the Republic of Croatia. GENERAL DATA Zagreb County Court Case No: K-RZ-1/12 War Crimes Council (judges’ panel): judge Tomislav Juriša, Council President; judge Vladimir Vinja, Council member; judge Petar Šakić, Council member. Indictment: issued by the Sisak County State Attorney’s Office, No: KT-56/97, dated on 16 July 2007. Prosecutor: Marijan Zgurić, Sisak County Deputy State Attorney Criminal offence: destruction of cultural and historic monuments, stated in Article 130, Paragraph 1 of the OKZ RH. Accused persons/Defendants: Ranko Birač, in absentia Defence Counsel: Saša Novak, lawyer from Zagreb.   REPORTS ON COURT HEARINGS DESTRUCTION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GLINA reports on court hearings   VERDICT According to the non-conclusive verdict passed by the War Crimes Council of the Zagreb County Court, the accused person was found guilty and sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Crime in Baćin

Trial against Branko Dmitrović, Slobodan Borojević, Milinko Janjetović, Momčilo Kovačević, Stevo Radunović, Veljko Radunović, Katica Pekić, Marin Krivošić and Stevan Dodoš for a war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH. INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The defendants (the 1st – the 4th) are charged that, from 18 to 21 October 1991 for the purpose of ethnic cleansing of the then-occupied territory of Hrvatska Dubica, Cerovljani and Baćin, together with now-late Stevo Borojević a.k.a. Gadafi, they planned and made a list of remaining population in the villages Cerovljani and Hrvatska Dubica and ordered their killing; whereas the defendants (5th -9th ) by following the mentioned order issued by their superiors on the basis of that list, brought by force at least seventy civilians of Croatian ethnicity and detained them in the Fire Department buildings in Cerovljani and Hrvatska Dubica. Out of the mentioned number of detained civilians, owing to interventions by relatives and friends, at least ten persons were released from the detention. Subsequently on 21 October 1991, the remaining civilians (at least 56) detained in the Fire Department building in Hrvatska Dubica were taken by bus to Baćin and were followed by an armed escort, and there policemen of the “Police SAO Krajina” led by now-late police commander Stevo Borojević a.k.a. Gadafi killed the mentioned civilians by shooting from automatic weapons at the site known as “Skelište”. Click here to read in Croatian the Sisak County State Attorney’s Office indictment no. KT-89/94 of 29 October 2010. GENERAL INFORMATION Sisak County Court Case file number: K- 32/2010 Panel of judges: judge Snježana Mrkoci, President of the Council, judges Ljubica Balder and Željko Mlinarić, Council Members Indictment: no. KT-89/94 of 29 October 2010 issued by the Sisak County State Attorney’s Office Prosecution: Stipe Vrdoljak, Sisak County State Attorney’s Office Criminal offence: war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH Defendants: Branko Dmitrović – 1st defendant, Slobodan Borojević – 2nd defendant, Milinko Janjetović – 3rd defendant, Momčilo Kovačević – 4th defendant, Stevo Radunović – 5th defendant, Veljko Radunović – 6th defendant, Katica Pekić – 7th defendant, Marin Krivošić – 8th defendant and Stevan Dodoš – 9th defendant The 8th defendant Marin Krivošić is the only defendant available to the Court. He was extradited from Monte Negro and is held in custody. Defence: Mersiha Mulalić, lawyer practising in Sisak – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 1st defendant; Vinko Dizdar, lawyer practising in Novska representing the 2nd defendant; Snježana Drvodelić, lawyer practising in Petrinja – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 3rd defendant; Vlasta Joksimović, lawyer practising in Sisak – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 4th defendant; Danko Kovač, lawyer practising in Sisak, court-appointed defence counsel representing the 6th defendant ; Mario Milardović, lawyer practising in Sisak – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 7th defendant; Zorko Konstanjšek, lawyer practising in Sisak – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 8th defendant; Berislav Balenović, lawyer practising in Sisak – court-appointed defence counsel representing the 9th defendant. Attorneys-in-fact representing injured parties: noone Victims: Antun Švračić, Marija Švračić, Josip Antolović, Marija Batinović, Nikola Lončarić, Soka Pezo, Mijo Čović, Ana Ferić, Stjepan Sabljar, Terezija Kramarić, Filip Jukić, Antun Djukić, Marija Djukić, Ana Dikulić, Mijo Krnić, Antun Mucavac, Katarina Vladić, Marija Milašinović, Marija Jukić, Marija Šestić, Antun Krivaić, Ana Tepić, Veronika Jukić, Soka Volarević, Kata Lončar, Marija Antolović, Katarina Alavančić, Kata Ferić, Juraj Ferić, Terezija Alavančić, Barbara Kropf, Ana Piktija, Pavao Kropf, Ruža Dikulić, Veronika Stanković, Ivan Kulišić, Sofija Dikulić – from Hrvatska Dubica; Ana Blinja, Andrija Likić, Ana Lončar, Josip Blinja, Kata Blinja – from Cerovljani; Mara Čorić from Prijedor and thirteen still unidentified persons. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia passed a decision on 12 April 2011 in which it accepted the DORH’s proposal and transferred the case from the Sisak County Court to the Rijeka County Court. Rijeka County Court Case file number: War Crimes Council (panel): judge Ika Šarić, President of the Council Prosecution:

  VERDICT On 11 March 2013, the Rijeka County Court’s War Crimes Council pronounced the verdict in which seven defendants were found guilty and sentenced to the following prison sentences: Branko Dmitrović (15 years), Slobodan Borojević (15 years), Milinko Janjetović (20 years), Momčilo Kovačević (20 years), Stevo Radunović (20 years), Veljko Radunović (20 years) and Stevan Dodoš (15 years) of imprisonment. They are not available to the Croatian judiciary. The charges were rejected in respect of Dragica Pekić and Marin Krivošić, the only available accused person, because the charges against them were amended earlier. Amended indictment charged them with armed rebellion and therefore the provisions of the Amnesty Act were applied against them. Marin Krivošić is released from detention.

Crime in Novska II

On 8 March 2010, the main hearing began at the Sisak County Court in the trial against Vide Damir Raguž and Željko Škledar, indicted for committing a war crime against civilians in Novska on 21 November 1991. On 16 April 2010, the defendant Vide Damir Raguž was found guilty by the first instance verdict and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, whereas the defendant Željko Škledar was acquitted of charges. The session of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia was held on 10 July 2012. Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia quashed the verdict of Sisak County Court.

On 7 February 2013, the Zagreb County Count rendered the first-instance verdict in which Damir Vid Raguž and Željko Škledar were acquitted of the charges.

INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The Indictment charges Vide Damir Raguž and Željko Škledar that on 21 November 1991 in Novska – as members of the 1st Brigade of the Croatian Army (HV), together with presently deceased Dubravko Leskovar and deceased Ante Perković, Marijan Kumić and Boris Tutić, also the 1st brigade members, came to the house of Mišo Rašković; there they found Mišo and Sajka Rašković; they brought in Mihajlo Šeatović and Ljuban Vujić from the neighbouring house; and after Leskovar began abusing one of the captured men, what made Kumić and Tutić leave the house not agreeing to such actions – the defendants together with Leskovar and Perković abused and killed Mišo and Sajka Rašković, Mihajlo Šeatović and Ljuban Vujić by shooting from automatic rifle and thus committed a criminal act of a war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH. You can see the Indictment No. K-DO-16/09 issued by the Sisak County State’s Attorney and dated 15 January 2010 here (in Croatian). PREVIOUS CASE HISTORY The Zagreb Military Prosecution laid the Indictment No. KTV-517/92 of 23 March 1992 against Dubravko Leskovar and Vide Damir Raguž for a criminal act of a murder, in its qualified form, and not for a war crime against civilians. Personal and material evidence which was pointing at the defendants’ responsibility was presented at the main hearing before the Military Court in Zagreb. Despite that, the court panel, under the presiding judge Krešimir Mudrovčić, issued a decision on 10 November 1992 whereby the criminal proceedings was suspended pursuant to the then-valid General Amnesty Act granting general amnesty from criminal prosecution and proceedings against perpetrators of criminal acts committed in armed conflicts and in war against the Republic of Croatia. The Military Prosecution did not appeal against the mentioned decision. The DORH[1] decided it would try on remedying mistakes made by itself and the courts. It instigated again criminal prosecution against the perpetrators. On 30 July 2009, the Sisak ŽDO lodged an investigation request against Vide Damir Raguž and Željko Škledar because there existed reasonable grounds for suspicion that they committed a war crime against civilians. Other potential perpetrators of the crime are no longer alive (Dubravko Leskovar and Ante Perković died in the meantime). Investigative judge of the Sisak County Court issued a decision to launch investigation. However, the Sisak County Court’s extra-trial chamber revoked the decision in respect of Damir Raguž and reversed the case back to the investigative judge to be decided upon again. As a consequence, the investigative judge rejected the initial request to launch investigation. She explained this by stating that a trial had already been conducted before the Military Court in Zagreb in the Raguž case in respect of the same factual description. On 3 December 2009, the Croatian Supreme Court accepted the state attorney’s appeal, modified the decision, accepted the request for investigation and requested launching of investigation. The Supreme Court was of the opinion that the factual description in question contained additional facts and as such was significantly of a wider extent when compared to the quantity of facts in the trial before the Military Court in Zagreb. It also found that this obviously was not the case of the matter already judged [res iudicata]. You can see here the decision of the Supreme Court (in Croatian) here. GENERAL INFORMATION Sisak County Court Case file number: K-2/10 War Crimes Council: judge Snježana Mrkoci, Council President; judges Predrag Jovanić and Ljubica Balder, Council Members

Indictment: No. K-DO -16/09 of 15 January 2010 issued by the Sisak District State Attorney’s Office, modified in April 2010.

Criminal act: war crime against civilians, Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH Prosecution: Jadranka Huskić, the Sisak County Deputy State’s Attorney Defendants: 1st defendant Vide Damir Raguž – unavailable to Croatian judiciary and therefore tried in absentia; 2nd defendant Željko Škledar Defence: Željko Dumančić, a lawyer practicing in Zagreb representing the 1st defendant; Nataša Čučić, a lawyer practicing in Sisak representing the 2nd defendant Injured party’s proxy holder: Vinko Dizdar, a lawyer practicing in Novska Victims – abused and killed: Sajka Rašković, Miša Rašković, Mihajlo Šeatović, Ljuban Vujić Zagreb County Court Case file number: War Crimes Council: judge Tomislav Juriša, Council President; judges Mirko Klinžić and Petar Šakić, Council Members VERDICT

On 16 April 2010, the defendant Vide Damir Raguž was found guilty by the first instance verdict and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, whereas the defendant Željko Škledar was acquitted of charges. The session of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia was held on 10 July 2012. Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia quashed the verdict of Sisak County Court. On 7 February 2013, the Zagreb County Count rendered the first-instance verdict in which Damir Vid Raguž and Željko Škledar were acquitted of the charges.

[1] DORH: Croatian State Attorney’s Office

Crime in Saborsko

Trial against Zdravko Pejić, charged with a war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH. INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The defendant is charged that in his capacity as member of the so-called Plaški Territorial Defence, after the attack on Saborsko and surrounding hamlets and their occupation by Serb formations, during the search house to house in the hamlet of Šolaje on 12 November 1991, on the occasion when four civilians were forced out of the basement from one of the searched houses, he separated husband and wife Nikola and Kata Dumančić, both of Croatian ethnicity, and shot them dead by automatic rifle in the yard of that house. The Karlovac ŽDO Indicment No. K-DO-4/03 of 22 December 2011 is available in Croatian here. GENERAL INFORMATION Rijeka County Court Case file no.: War Crimes Council (judges’ panel):  judge Ika Šarić, Council President, judges Zoran Sršen and Srebrenka Šantić, Council Members Indictment: no. K-DO-4/02 of 22 December 2011 issued by the Karlovac ŽDO Criminal offence: war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH Prosecution: Nenad Bogosavljev, Rijeka County Deputy State’s Attorney Defendant: Zdravko Pejić, unavailable Defence Counsel: Ružica Spasojević, court appointed attorney Victims-killed: Nikola and Kata Dumančić

Crime in Podvožić

There is a pending proceedings against Marko Bolić, indicted for committing a criminal offence against humanity and international law by unlawful killing and wounding the enemy as referred to in Article 124, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Basic Criminal Law Act of the Republic of Croatia (OKZRH). INDICTMENT (SUMMARY) The defendant is charged that, in his capacity as member of armed formation “Skrad Company” of the so-called SAO Krajina, on 4 November 1991 following the order given by Boro Ercegovac who was a commander of the units in the Logorište military barracks to carry out a breakthrough from the military barracks, he killed Croatian Army members Marijan Jakšić and Darko Tuškan when he came across them in the village of Podvožić. Having spotted the enemy’s army, Marijan Jakšić and Darko Tuškan pulled over and got out from their personal vehicle, and then laid down a carabine and a hand grenade on the hood and raised their hands up as a sign of surrender. Together with Rado Bolić, although their lives were not directly endangered, the defendant opened fire from personal firearms and shot Marijan Jakšić and Darko Tuškan, who died from sustained injuries at the crime scene. You can view the Indictment No. K-DO-33/10 of 18 April 2011 issued by the Karlovac County State Attorney’s Office (in Croatian) here. GENERAL INFORMATION Karlovac County Court Case No.: K-38/2011 War Crimes Council (panel): judge Ante Ujević, President of the Council, judges Alenka Laptalo and Denis Pancirov, Council Members Indictment: No. K-DO-33/10, issued by the Karlovac County Deputy State Attorney on 18 April 2011

Prosecution: Gordana Križanić, Karlovac County Deputy State Attorney

Criminal offence: unlawful killing and wounding the enemy referred to in Article 124, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the OKZRH Defendant: Marko Bolić Defence: Nenad Mamula, lawyer practicing in Karlovac Victims – killed: Marijan Jakšić and Darko Tuškan TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS PODVOZIC izvjestaji s pracenja (the reports are available in Croatian language)

Crime in Grubori

Trial against Frano Drljo, Božo Krajina and Igor Beneta for war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH.
INDICTMENT (SUMMARY)

The defendants are charged that in their capacity as members of Anti-terrorist unit (ATJ) Lučko, on 25 August 1995 during the field search action named “Oluja obruč”, following an entry in Grubori by the groups under Drljo’s and Krajina’s command, Drljo and Beneta-subordinated to him were shooting civilians and setting houses on fire, and Drljo, having seen it, took no action to prevent his subordinated soldiers from doing that, while Krajina, having seen that members of the group also subordinated to him together with the mentioned persons were killing civilians and burning houses, took no due action to prevent members of his group, and thus gunshot wounds were inflicted on that occasion to Milica Grubor, Marija Grubor, Jovo Grubor, Jovan Grubor of late Damjan, Miloš Grubor and Đuro Karanović causing their deaths, and majority of buildings and farm facilities were set on fire in the hamlet of Grubori.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Zagreb County Court

Case file number: K-3/10

War Crimes Council (panel): judge Zdravko Majerović, President of the Council, judges Mirko Klinžić and Marjan Garac, Council Members

Indictment: No. K-DO-358/09 of 15 December 2010 issued by the Zagreb County State Attorney’s Office

Prosecution: Robert Petrovečki, Zagreb County Deputy State Attorney

Criminal offence: war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH

Defendants:
1st defendant Frano Drljo
2nd defendant Božo Krajina
3rd defendant Igor Beneta, was at large, the decision on trial in his absence had been issued, but, media reported on 27 November 2011 that Igor Beneta committed suicide. At the hearing held on 1 March 2012, it was announced that the proceedings against him were discontinued.

Defence:
representing the 1st defendant, Ljubo Pavasović Visković and Ivan Stanić, lawyers practicing in Zagreb
representing the 2nd defendant, Jadranka Sloković, lawyer practicing in Zagreb
representing the 3rd defendant, Ksenija Gržin, lawyer practicing in Zagreb

 

Victims – killed: Milica Grubor, Marija Grubor, Jovo Grubor, Jovan Grubor of late Damjan, Miloš Grubor and Đuro Karanović
TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS

More on the crime in Grubori and its investigation can be viewed in attached document. It can be viewed (in Croatian) here.

GRUBORI izvjestaji s pracenja glavne rasprave (trial monitoring reports, available in Croatian)