The Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of ten Serb rebels whom Osijek County Court in 2014 found guilty of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war in Trpinja, near Vukovar, in 1991, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years.
The Supreme Court rejected the convicts' appeals as groundless.
The longest sentence, of 20 years, for the murder of 13 civilians and 30 soldiers, was given to Stevo Pantic and Milisav Atanackovic each. Milenko Pantic, Djoko Stajic, Zoran Gajanin, Simo Stevic and Jerko Micic received 14 years each, Zoran Rankovic and Zeljko Vukovic 12 years each and Miroslav Kovacevic five years in prison.
Nine of the accused were arrested in July 2013 and one in February 2014.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges of killing 17 Croatian civilians and seven Croatian prisoners of war.
According to the indictment, they committed the crimes from September through November 1991 as members of Serb paramilitary units. They were charged with ordering and participating in the unlawful arrest, torture and killing of Croatian civilians and captured soldiers.