17:26 / 18.08.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Indictment against a Serbian citizen for crimes in Glina

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The Zagreb County State's Attorney's Office has filed an indictment before the Zagreb County Court against a 59-year-old Serbian citizen for war crimes against Croatian civilians in Gornja Bučica near Glina in November 1991.

The defendant (1962) is inaccessible to the Croatian judiciary and is in Serbia.


The indictment charges that in the first half of November 1991 in Gornja Bučica, in the temporarily occupied area of the then municipality of Glina, during an international armed conflict between regular police and military units of the Republic of Croatia and armed formations of the so-called SAO Krajina, as the platoon commander of the then Glina Territorial Defense, he acted contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Convention and did nothing to prevent the killing of civilians, said the State Attorney's Office.


The prosecution specifies that several members of the unit commanded by the 59-year-old defendant asked Croatian civilians to hand over their agricultural machinery, and when a Croatian citizen refused to do so, members (now deceased) of the armed formations of the so-called SAO Krajina, along with other unknown members of the unit, decided to kill several Croatian civilians and forcibly removed them from their homes to kill them.


The Defendant (1962) is charged that as commander of the unit he was aware of such conduct by members of his unit and was aware of the fact that individual members were under the influence of alcohol most of the time, armed with firearms and prone to looting abandoned property. Although he was obliged to prevent further attacks on the property and physical integrity of the civilians present, especially after Croatian civilians were taken out of their homes under the threat of weapons - the defendant did nothing to stop and prevent the violence, pointed out the State Attorney's Office.


The indictment goes on to say that because of "his failure to act, members of the unit he commanded took two men and two women, Croatian civilians, out of their homes, taking them to a secret place where they shot them."


The Zagreb County State's Attorney's Office proposed in the indictment that the defendant be placed in pre-trial detention, since the defendant is in the Republic of Serbia and is not available to the judicial authorities of the Republic of Croatia, as well as the fact that a brutal criminal act is in question, states the website of the State Attorney’s Office.


Source: HRT


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