Second indictment issued against JNA general charged with mining Peruca dam

A second indictment has been issued against retired Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) general Borislav Djukic, who has been standing trial for the mining of the Peruca dam, and it charges him and seven other persons, including senior JNA officers, with the murder of 117 civilians, rape, property destruction and expulsion of residents of Sibenik-Knin County.

Under the indictment, issued by the Split County Prosecutor's Office, in the period from August 1991 to 4 August 1995, Djukic and the other indictees, acting in their capacity as JNA commanders and commanders of the police and army of the self-proclaimed Serb Autonomous Region of Krajina and Republic of Serb Krajina, issued orders for artillery and infantry attacks on civilian settlements in Sibenik-Knin County. After seizing some of those settlements, they issued orders for attacks from those settlements on civilians settlements controlled by the Croatian army.

The indictment reads that the indictees were aware that their subordinates killed, beat, abused and tortured the remaining Croat population in the occupied areas, that they raped women and set fire to or otherwise destroyed housing units and religious and cultural buildings, yet they did nothing to prevent those crimes.

As a result, Serb paramilitary forces killed a total of 118 civilians, raped five women and attempted to rape seven. A large number of local residents were expelled from their homes and a large number of housing, commercial, religious and cultural facilities were destroyed until the Croatian military and police operation "Storm" in August 1995.

Djukic has been in custody in Split since March 9 after he was extradited by Montenegro.

Last update: Tue, 18/10/2016 - 11:56

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