Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered Judgement for Three Persons for War Crimes against Civilians

August 10, 2020 8:00 AM

 

Having completed a trial held upon revocation of the trial judgment, the Appellate Division Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has delivered its appeals judgment finding the accused Ivan Kraljević, Vice Bebek and Stojan Odak guilty as follows: the accused Ivan Kraljević that under Counts I.a. and I.c. he committed the criminal offense of War Crimes against Civilians under Article 142(1) of the Criminal Code of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, as read with Articles 22 and 30 of the same Code; the accused Stojan Odak that under Counts I.c.12, I.c.13, II.a.1, III.a.4 and III.a.5 of the Judgment he committed the criminal offense of War Crimes against Civilians under Article 142 of the Criminal Code of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, as read with Article 22 of the same Code; the accused Vice Bebek that under Count I.c.13 of the Judgment he committed the criminal offense of War Crimes against Civilians under Article 142 of the Criminal Code of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, as read with Article 22 of the same Code. The Appellate Panel ultimately sentenced them as follows: the accused Ivan Kraljević to 1 (one) year and 3 (three) months of imprisonment; the accused Stojan Odak to 2 (two) years and 6 (six) months of imprisonment; and the accused Vice Bebek to 1 (one) year of imprisonment.

The accused Ivan Kraljević, Stojan Odak and Vice Bebek were found guilty that between April 1993 and March 1994, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the armed conflict between the Croat Defense Council (HVO) and the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as members of the HVO Military Police, namely Ivan Kraljević as the Warden of the Ljubuški Military Prison (VIZ Ljubuški) in the period between mid-September 1993 and 19 November 1993, and Stojan Odak and Vice Bebek as HVO Military Police members and guards at the VIZ Ljubuški prison in the period of September 1993 – February 1994, acting in violation of Article 3(1)c) of the IV Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, exposed to inhumane treatment Bosnian civilians from the municipalities of Stolac, Čapljina, Mostar, Prozor, Livno, Jablanica (Sovići, Doljani), who were imprisoned on the premises of VIZ Ljubuški, which itself was located inside the Ljubuški police station, who were held there in inhumane conditions and subjected to physical and mental abuse.

 

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