The Bosnian state court agreed to transfer to Croatia the case against former Croatian Defence Council general Zlatan Mijo Jelic, who is accused of committing crimes against humanity against Bosniak civilians in Mostar in 1993-94.
Proceedings against Marinko Sunjic, a former Croatian Defence Council fighter who was on trial for the illegal detention, persecution and abuse of Bosniak civilian prisoners in Mostar in 1992 and 1993, were halted because of his death.
In the latest in the Forgotten Victims series, BIRN examines the killings of several elderly people by members of the Bosnian Croat wartime force, the Croatian Defence Council, who have never been brought to trial.
Thousands of Bosnians who suffered in wartime detention camps still receive no assistance from the authorities because the country’s state-level law on torture victims is being obstructed by an ethnically-based political dispute.
Former Croatian Defence Council battalion commander Mile Puljic was acquitted on appeal of committing crimes against humanity by allowing the abuse of prisoners in the Mostar area in 1993 and 1994.
The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court on Thursday acquitted Mile Puljic, former commander of the Second Battalion of the Croatian Defence Council’s Second Brigade, of crimes against humanity.
A Zagreb court’s decision to reduce former Bosnian Croat battalion commander Marko Radic’s war crimes sentence caused concerns that other Bosnian convicts with Croatian passports might ask for a transfer to Croatia in search of shorter sentences.
Former Croatian Defence Council battalion commander Mile Puljic was acquitted of crimes against humanity as prosecutors failed to prove he allowed his subordinates to use prisoners as forced labour and human shields in Mostar.