Crime in Bučje (defendant Radovan Arsenić)

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Trial against Radovan Arsenić, charged with a war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZ RH

 

INDICTMENT

Indictment Požega No. DO-K-20/99-16 of 26 July 1999 issued by County State Attorney’s Office see here. (available in Croatian)

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Požega County Court

Case file no.: K-32/99

Council (judges’ panel): judge Predrag Dragičević, Council President; judge Stjepan Franjić, Council Member; judge Jasna Zubčić, Council Member; lay judges Zvonko Ciglenečki, Ivan Čurčić, Ivan Stastni and Dragutin Šmerđa

Indictment: Indictment Požega No. DO-K-20/99-16 of 26 July 1999 issued by County State Attorney’s Office

Prosecution: Božena Jurković, Požega County Deputy State’s Attorney

Criminal offence: war crime against civilians referred to in Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZ RH

Defendant: Radovan Arsenić, available

Defence counsel: Alojzije Fiuri, lawyer practicing in Požega

Victims – physically and/or mentally maltreated: Jakob Jozipović, Mato Modrušan and Franjo Cerovac

 

VERDICT (SUMMARY)

In the Požega County Court’s verdict of 8 October 1999, the defendant was found guilty that in his capacity as guard from August until December 1991 in detention camp Bučje which was formed by paramilitary formations with the purpose to maltreat and keep civilians and war prisoners of non-Serb ethnicity, he was beating detained civilian Jakob Jozipović with automatic rifle’s gunstock causing fractures of ribs and injuries of limbs; he mentally maltreated civilian Mato Modrušan forcing him to labour, telling that he would be executed unless he performs the assigned work; and, on several occasions, he physically and mentally maltreated detained Franjo Cerovac by hitting him in the part of the body with kidneys with the rifle’s gunstock telling that: “Be happy that you are alive and thank this to the major” and he also hit Cerovac at his backside while carrying a faeces bucket that made Cerovac fell on the ground whereby defendant swore “mother of Ustasha” at him and did not allow Cerovac to pick up thrown cigarette butt.

The defendant was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

The verdict of 8 October 1999 rendered by the Požega County Court can be seen here.