The BiH Prosecutor’s Office has filed an indictment against seven people for war crimes against prisoners of war.
The defendants are charged of acting contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions on the protection of prisoners of war during the war, in their capacity as commanders and members of the 511th Glorious Mountain Brigade of the ARBiH, during the war and armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They are accused of being, during the attack of the RBiH Army on VRS positions in the region of Kobiljnjak, Osmača and Ćojluka (Bosanska Krupa municipality) in the period from the second half of May 1995 to the middle of July 1995, after capturing and putting outside combat operations at least 25 members of the VRS, of whom four were immediately killed, and the remaining 21 were taken prisoner and kept under the supervision of the Military Police of the 511th Brigade of the RBiH Army, as prisoners of war to whom the provisions of the Geneva Conventions refer, on several occasions, the accused personally, with other persons, participated in the taking of the prisoners and their murders, of whom some of the prisoners were killed with firearms, and some of the prisoners were beaten to death with wooden stakes and other objects.
In this way, at least 25 captured members of the VRS were killed.
The bodies of the murdered prisoners were exchanged and found in 1995 and 1996, and the body of one victim was found in 2004.
The defendants are charged of having acted against the rules of international humanitarian law by violating the provisions of the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, thereby committing the criminal offense – War Crime against Prisoners of War from Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The indictment has been forwarded to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for confirmation, announced the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.