Marking the 28th Anniversary of the Crimes against Croatian Civilians in Grabovica

Today, the laying of wreaths and Holy Mass of Remembrance will mark the 28th anniversary of the suffering of 33 Croatian civilians who were killed in the village of Grabovica, between Mostar and Jablanica, on the night of September 8-9, 1993 by members of the RBiH Army.

Among the 33 civilians killed were 17 women and a four-year-old girl, Mladenka Zadro, while the oldest victim was 87-year-old Marko Maric. Of the 33 civilians, 17 are still missing, and only body parts were found in most of those killed.

According to the protocol of marking, the laying of wreaths is at 11 am, followed by the Way of the Cross from the monument to the cemetery and the Holy Mass of Remembrance at the local cemetery in Grabovica.

Former members of the RBiH Army were held accountable before domestic courts in BiH for individual killings, but no one for war crimes against civilians and for command responsibility.

To date, five members of the RBiH Army have been convicted. Mustafa Hota was sentenced to nine years in prison, Enes Šakrak to ten years, while Nihad Vlahovljak, Sead Karagić and Haris Rajkić were sentenced to 13 years in prison each.

For the crime in Grabovica, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted the Chief of the General Staff of the Supreme Command of the Army of RBiH, Sefer Halilović.

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