Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

The charges were filed by Dušan Bratić, the lawyer of the JNA pilot suspected of carrying out the 1991 bombing of Banski Dvori in Zagreb, which was then the official residence of Croatian President Franjo Tuđman. Bratić claims that in 1995, under Krstičević's command, the 4th Brigade launched rocket attacks on a colony of Serbs near Jajce who chose to leave Croatia.

Serbia has unilaterally declared itself the only relevant authority for processing all war crimes in the area of the former Yugoslavia.

For his part, Defense Minister Damir Krstičević has rejected the charges outright. "At that time the 4th Brigade was nowhere near Jajce, as I have previously stated. But obviously, it serves someone's interests to, from time to time, reactivate these issues. I'm not sure why now exactly, but obviously, their goal is to destabilize me personally, and this government," the minister said.

Source: HRT