WAR CRIMES

JANUARY 25 2007 08:56h

17 Years in Prison for Crimes Against Croats

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Former soldiers of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Army were accused for molestation of the HVO soldiers.

Today eight former soldiers of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina were sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison with the possibility to appeal at the Canton Court in Mostar. They were accused of war crimes against war prisoners in the Fourth elementary school camp in Mostar.

According to the indictment of the Prosecution of Hercegovina-Neretva Canton, they are accused of violating Geneva conventions on treating war prisoners, i.e. inhuman treatment of war prisoners of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in 1993. They committed war crimes against war prisoners.

Due to these crimes, executed in the Fourth elementary school camp in Mostar, convicted are: Mirsad Cupina, a camp governor, four years in prison; Zijad Redjovic, a camp officer, three years in prison; Mili Cisic, two and a half years in prison; Husnija Orucevic, a chief of staff and Predrag Ajkic, a cook in the camp, two years in prison each. Ibrahim Orucevic was sentenced to a year and a half in prison; while Nezir Pribisic and Hilmo Toporan, officers, were sentenced to a year in prison each.

-The sentences were pronounced due to the testimony of former prisoners. The witnesses were prisoners at that time and they should have been treated according to Geneva conventions – says Hama Kebe in the statement of grounds.