Bosnian Croats’ Prisoner Abuse Sentences Reduced after Retrial

6. August 2020.15:14
Three former Bosnian Croat fighters had their prison sentences reduced as they were convicted at a retrial of mistreating Bosniak prisoners at a military jail in Ljubuski during the war.

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Kraljevic ant others. Photo: State court

The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court on Thursday gave Ivan Kraljevic, Stojan Odak and Vice Bebek sentences ranging from one to two-and-a-half years in prison for crimes against detainees in Ljubuski in 1993 and 1994.

They were found guilty of holding Bosniak civilians in inhumane conditions in the Military Investigative Prison in Ljubuski, and of treating them inhumanely.

Kraljevic was found guilty in his capacity as manager of the prison from September 18 to November 19, 1993, and Odak and Bebek as members of the Croatian Defence Council military police force.

The appeals chamber sentenced Kraljevic to one year and three months in prison, Odak to two-and-a-half years, and Bebek to one year.

They were acquitted of the majority of the charges against them, however.

Two other defendants, Mato Jelcic and Slavko Skender, who were the managers of the prison after Kraljevic, were found not guilty of all the charges.

At the original trial, two other defendants, Dragan Milos and Vinko Radisic, were also acquitted of all the charges.

Thursday’s verdict cannot be appealed.

Marija Taušan

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