Crime in Medak (defendant Milorad Lazić et al.)

Trials in Croatia

Verdict after appeal

Trial against Milorad Lazić, Perica Đaković, Nikola Vujnović, Mirko Marunić, Nikola Konjević and Savo Kuprešanin, charged with a war crime against prisoners of war referred to in Article 122 of the OKZRH.

FIRST-INSTANCE PROCEEDINGS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Gospić County Court

Case file no.: K-4/96

Trial chamber (judges’ panel): judge Pavao Rukavina, presiding; judge Matilda Krunić, member; lay judges Ankica Čatek, Josip Bašić and Ivica Marković, members

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

Defendants: Milorad Lazić, Perica Đaković, Nikola Vujnović, Mirko Marunić, Nikola Konjević and Savo Kuprešanin, unavailable

Defence: Stjepan Nikšić, lawyer practicing in Gospić

 Victim – maltreated: Mirko Medunić

On 21 October 1996, the Gospić County Court rendered a verdict in which defendants Milorad Lazić, Perica Đaković, Nikola Vujnović, Mirko Marunić and Nikola Konjević were found guilty that they, in their capacity as members of JNA and the so-called „Martić’s Militia“, from 3 to 8 September in the village of Medak, physically maltreated Mirko Medunić – a detained policeman of the PU Gospić – beating and hitting him repeatedly with hard/blunt objects, causing by knife injuries on his face, shoulders and back, caused a fracture of his forearm, zygomatic bones’ fracture, a stab wound of his shank, face slashes and forced his two teeth out.

Lazić, Đaković and Konjević were sentenced to 8 years in prison each, and Vujnović and Marunić to 6 years in prison each.

Defendant Savo Kuprešanin was acquitted of charges.

The Gospić County Court’s verdict no. K-4/96-12 of 21 October 1996 is available in Croatian on our Website.

SUPREME COURT’S VERDICT

On 10 October 2000, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia (VSRH) rejected the appeal by defendants Lazić; Đaković, Vujnović, Marunić and Konjević because if found it to be unfounded and confirmed the first-instance verdict.

The VSRH verdict no. I Kž-42/1997-3 of 10 October 2000 is available in Croatian on our Website.

Note:

Later on against available Milorad Lazić, Perica Đaković, Nikola Vunović, Mirko Marunić and Nikola Konjević for the same events, a trial was conducted in the Republic of Serbia.