Crime in Osijek – the accused Mirko Sivić

Proceedings against Mirko Sivić for a war crime against civilians committed in Osijek. Due to incapacity of the defendant Sivić to stand trial because of an illness, his case had been separated from the trial against Branimir Glavaš et al., who already received final sentences.

INDICTMENT (SUMMARY)

The Indictment charges the 1st defendant Branimir Glavaš, the 2nd defendant Ivica Krnjak, the 3rd defendant Gordana Getoš Magdić, the 4th defendant Mirko Sivić, the 5th defendant Dino Kontić, the 6th defendant Tihomir Valentić and the 7th defendant Zdravko Dragić for a commission of a war crime against Osijek civilians. The 1st defendant, the 2nd defendant and the 3rd defendant have been charged that they violated the international law rules because they ordered the killing and inhumane treatment of civilians. The 4th defendant Mirko Sivić, the 5th defendant Dino Kontić, the 6th defendant Tihomir Valentić and the 7th defendant Zdravko Dragić have been charged that, together with other unidentified soldiers, they arrested and tortured civilians without any grounds, were taking them to the Drava river and were killing them there.

All defendants, excluding the 4th defendant Mirko Sivić, faced trial and received, in the meantime, legally binding (final) sentences for the war crime commission against civilians. More about that trial can be viewed (in Croatian)

The indictment No. K-DO-76/06 issued by the Osijek County State Attorney’s Office on 16 April 2007 can be viewed here:

– the first part
– the second part
GENERAL INFORMATION

Osijek County Court

Case file number: K-rz-7/11

War Crimes Council (panel): Judge Krunoslav Barkić, President of the Council, judges Miroslav Rožac and Darko Krušlin, Council members

Indictment: No. K-DO-76/06 issued by the Osijek County State Attorney’s Office on 16 April 2007,

Representing the Prosecution: Miroslav Kraljević, Osijek County Deputy State Attorney

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

Defendant: Mirko Sivić, not detained

Defence: Selim Šabanović, lawyer practising in Zagreb; Radan Kovač, lawyer practising in Osijek

Victims – killed persons: an unidentified male person and Alija Šabanović