Crime at Velepromet (defendant Jovan Radan)

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Trial against Jovan Radan for war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the Basic Criminal Law Act of the Republic of Croatia (hereinafter: OKZRH).

The indictment charges Jovan Radan that, in his capacity as member of Serb paramilitary formations, in Vukovar on 19 November 1991 within the grounds of the “Velepromet” company where the so-called JNA and paramilitary formations brought a greater number of detained civilians following the occupation of the town, contrary to Article 3, paragraph 2, item 1 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, he grabbed Daut Ziberi’s head with one arm, and with another arm – in which he held a knife – he cut through Ziberi’s throat and thus killed him,

thus, by violating the provisions of international law at the time of occupation, he was killing civilians,

therefore, he committed a crime against humanity and international law – war crime against civilians, as described and punishable according to Article 120 of the OKZRH.

Vukovar County Court

Case file number: K- 15/07

Defendant: Jovan Radan (orderly receives summons, resides in Serbia at the address which the court is familiar with, does not respond to the summons)

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

War Crimes Council (panel): judge Nikola Bešenski, President of the Council

Prosecution: Vlatko Miljković, Vukovar County Deputy State Attorney

Indictment: no. K-DO-45/04 of 12 February 2007 issued by the Vukovar County State Attorney’s Office,

Defence: Jelica Balog, lawyer practising in Vinkovci (court-appointed defence counsel)

Victim (killed): Daut Ziberi

The reports are available in Croatian language: Velepromet (Jovan Radan) – izvještaji