Belgrade: 3 wartime policemen get 35 years for killing Croatian civilians in 1991

Three wartime policemen from Beli Manastir, eastern Croatia, have been sentenced to a total of 35 years in prison for their roles in the killing of at least six Croatian civilians in Beli Manastir at the start of the 1991-1995 war, the Court of Appeal in Belgrade said on its website on Saturday.

The court upheld the ruling by the War Crimes Department of the High Court in Belgrade that sentenced Zoran Vuksic to a maximum prison term of 20 years in prison, Slobodan Strigic to 10 years and Branko Hrnjak to five years. The injured parties were advised to seek compensation through litigation.

Velimir Bertic had earlier been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the same crime. 

The accused were members of the police forces of the self-styled Serb Autonomous District of Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem. They were found guilty of violating the rules of international law through detention, causing injury, intimidation, terror, torture and inhumane treatment of non-Serbs who did not belong to any of the armed formations or participate in military operations.

The Croatian State Prosecutor's Office had referred the case to the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office based on the agreement on cooperation in the prosecution of war criminals.

Last update: Sat, 12/03/2016 - 17:26
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