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Verdict against Stanisic and Zupljanin on March 27

14. March 2013.00:00
On Wednesday, March 27 the Hague Tribunal is due to pronounce a verdict against Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin, who are charged with persecutions and other crimes against the non-Serb population.

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Stanisic and Zupljanin are charged with having participated in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at persecuting, killing and torturing Bosniaks and Croats in the period from April to December 1992.

According to the charges, other members of the joint criminal enterprise included Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, who are currently on trial at The Hague, as well as members of the Yugoslav National Army, Republika Srpska Army, police and Territorial Defence.

The indictment alleges that Stanisic, the then Minister of Internal Affairs of Republika Srpska, participated in murders, torture and forcible resettlement of Bosniak and Croat population from Banja Luka, Bileca, Bosanski Samac, Brcko, Doboj, Donji Vakuf, Gacko, Ilijas, Kljuc, Kotor Varos, Pale, Prijedor, Skender Vakuf, Sanski Most, Teslic, Vlasenica, Visegrad, Vogosca and Zvornik municipalities.

The Hague Prosecution alleges that Zupljanin was Chief of the Safety Services Center in Banja Luka and member of the Crisis Committee of the Krajina Autonomous Region in 1992.

As announced by The Hague Tribunal, the indictment against Stanisic and Zupljanin covers more than 50 detention facilities for the non-Serb population, including Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje detention camps in the vicinity of Prijedor, where civilians were tortured, abused and killed.

Stanisic and Zupljanin are charged with having known about the crimes committed in those detention camps, but failed to undertake any actions in order to prevent them or punish the perpetrators.

The indictment against Stojan Zupljanin was filed in 1999. Mico Stanisic was indicted six years later.

Stanisic surrendered to The Hague Tribunal voluntarily in March 2005, while Zupljanin was arrested in Serbia in 2008.

Both of them pleaded not guilty. Their trial began in September 2009.

Denis Džidić

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