Stipe Zulj: Kupres Crimes Indictment Filed

1. October 2009.14:54
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina files an indictment against a policeman from Kupres charged with unlawfully killing a wounded enemy in November 1994. Stipe Zulj, a former member of the Special Police forces with the Police Department in Livno of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the former Croatian Community of Herceg-Bosna, is charged with having killed a member of "enemy forces" in Olovo village, Kupres Municipality, on November 3, 1994.

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The indictment has been filed with the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation.

The Prosecution charges Zulj with killing Pero Periz in front of his family home in Olovo after he had shown “a clear intention to surrender by holding his hands up”. This happened during the armed conflict between the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian Defence Council on one side and the armed forces of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the other.

After that, Zulj punched Periz in the head several times and, “with an intention of depriving him of his life”, shot from his revolver and then took 50 Deutsche marks from his pocket.

Acting on a warrant issued by the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, arrested Zulj at the beginning of September 2009.

The Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna was a political, cultural, economic and territorial organization of the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was established as a community in November 1991. In August 1991 it was proclaimed as a republic. It was abolished in March 1994. Many of its leaders and founders are on trial at The Hague for war crimes.

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