Nine ex-HVO members indicted for war crimes in north Bosnia

The Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office on Friday indicted nine former commanders and members of the Croat Defence Council (HVO) for war crimes against Serbs in the Orasje area in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian Croat military police officer gets 10 years in jail for war crimes in Orasje

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has sentenced, pending appeal, a former commander of the Military Police of the Bosnian Croat forces HVO, Mato Baotic, to ten years in prison for war crimes against Serb civilians and soldiers, the court said on Friday.

Croatian PM welcomes Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina's decision

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday welcomed a decision by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to release from custody a group of former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces arrested in late October on suspicion of war crimes against Serb detainees in the country's northern Posavina region.

Justice, veterans' ministers welcome release of Orasje arrestees

Croatia's Justice Minister Ante Sprlje and War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to release from custody, pending trial, a group of former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces suspected of war crimes, promising them legal and consular help.

Detention for Orasje arrestees revoked

The State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday decided to end detention set for a group of former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces arrested on October 31 in Orasje on suspicion of war crimes.

US extradites to Bosnia ex-HVO member suspected of war crimes

American authorities on Tuesday extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina a former member of the Croat Defence Council (HVO), Azra Basic, suspected of war crimes, the Bosnian Prosecutor's Office has confirmed.

Mothers' associations support families of arrested Orasje Croats

Munira Subasic and Slavica Bilic on behalf of the Mothers of Srebrenica from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mothers of Peace from Croatia respective associations on Friday sent a message of solidarity from Vukovar to the families of Bosnian Croat HVO members recently arrested in Orasje.

Minister Medved to coordinate activities concerning war crimes prosecution in Bosnia

The cabinet of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday appointed War Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved the chair of the task force for coordinating activities Croatia intends to take in response to war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina pertaining Croatian nationals. 

Croatian MEPs concerned about Bosnia arrests

Croatian members of the European Parliament on Tuesday expressed concern about the circumstances which led to last week's arrests of ten former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces, who hold dual Croatian and Bosnian citizenship, on suspicion of war crimes.

Stier: Croatia will protect its citizens, against manipulation of judicial matters

Croatia will protect the rights of its citizens as it has been doing from the very start and it will provide all the necessary assistance to members of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) arrested in Orasje, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday, underlining the importance of de-politicising the judiciary.

Zagreb to find best way how to support Bosnia-Herzegovina Croats

"The Croatian government offers full legal, material and financial support to the detained men, to their families. Assistance is given to HVO members and to the Croat people in Bosnia and Herzegovina," the minister said after the meeting held in Slavonski Brod, a Croatian border city on the left bank of the Sava River.

Brammertz says Bosnian prosecution not biased

Croatia's then Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic said the factual descriptions of crimes committed in BiH "mention attacks by the Croatian army and some things that, in our view, are simply incorrect and insult Croatia's legal order. They don't stem from the international agreements that were in force and distort what happened there."

Minister: Selective application of command responsibility disputable

Croatia's Minister of War Veterans' Affairs, Tomo Medved, has said that "Croatia's institutions are at the disposal of the families of the recently arrested ten former members of the Croat Defence Council (HVO) in Orasje", and that they will insist on the release of the arrestees until further proceedings, and underscored that he finds the selective application of command responsibility disputable.

Cvitan: It's significant that only Croatian citizens are under probe

Croatia's Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan said on Friday that before the recent arrest of ten former Bosnian Croat fighters in Orasje "documentation was requested for 28 persons" and that judging by those persons' names, they came from "different entities", as well as that it was significant that eventually only 10 Croatian citizens had found themselves under investigation.

PM says Croatian services didn't know about Orasje arrests

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that Croatian agencies did not know that ten members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces would be arrested in Orasje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Monday, otherwise his first official visit as a PM, to BiH, two days before the arrests would have been planned differently.

Plenkovic says timing of Orasje arrests significant

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday the criminal proceedings against and recent arrest of Croatian Army officers in Orasje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, had been prepared for a long time, that the timing of the arrest was significant and that state institutions would do their best to protect Croatian interests and endangered people.

Official announces support for Croats in Bosnia's Serb entity

The director of the State Office for Croats Abroad Zvonko Milas on Monday stated in Orasje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that this office would continue to support projects that could help Croats remain in areas of Bosanska Posavina and the Republika Srpska.
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