bosnia report
New Series No: 26 November - December 2001
 
ICTY - Indictment against Slobodan Milosevic
by The Prosecutor of the Tribunal

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

 

CASE NO. IT-01-50-I

 

THE PROSECUTOR OF THE TRIBUNAL

 

AGAINST

 

SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC

 

INDICTMENT

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, pursuant to her authority under Article 18 of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ("the Statute of the Tribunal") charges:

 

SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC

with CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, GRAVE BREACHES OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS, and VIOLATIONS OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR as set forth below: 

THE ACCUSED:

1. Slobodan MILOSEVIC, son of Svetozar Milosevic, was born on 20 August 1941 in Pozarevac, in present-day Serbia. In 1964, he graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade and began a career in management and banking. Until 1978, he held the posts of deputy director and later general director at Tehnogas, a major oil company in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ("SFRY"). Thereafter, he became president of Beogradska banka (Beobanka), one of the largest banks in the SFRY, a post he held until 1983.

2. Slobodan MILOSEVIC joined the League of Communists of Yugoslavia in 1959. In 1984, he became Chairman of the City Committee of the League of Communists of Belgrade. In 1986, he was elected Chairman of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Serbia and was re-elected in 1988. On 16 July 1990, the League of Communists of Serbia and the Socialist Alliance of Working People of Serbia united, forming a new party named the Socialist Party of Serbia ("SPS"). On 17 July 1990, Slobodan MILOSEVIC was elected President of the SPS and has remained in that post until the present date, except during the period 24 May 1991 to 24 October 1992.

3. Slobodan MILOSEVIC was elected President of the Presidency of the then Socialist Republic of Serbia on 8 May 1989 and re-elected on 5 December 1989. After the adoption of a new Constitution, on 28 September 1990, the Socialist Republic of Serbia became the Republic of Serbia, and Slobodan MILOSEVIC was elected to the newly established office of President of the Republic of Serbia in multi-party elections, held in December 1990. He was re-elected to this office in elections held on 20 December 1992.


 

4. After serving two terms as President of the Republic of Serbia, Slobodan MILOSEVIC was elected President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ("FRY") on 15 July 1997, beginning his official duties on 23 July 1997. Following his defeat in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s presidential election of September 2000, Slobodan MILOSEVIC relinquished his position on 6 October 2000. 

INDIVIDUAL CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY

Article 7(1) of the Statute of the Tribunal

5. Slobodan MILOSEVIC is individually criminally responsible for the crimes referred to in Articles 2, 3, and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal and described in this indictment, which he planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or in whose planning, preparation, or execution he otherwise aided and abetted. By using the word committed in this indictment the Prosecutor does not intend to suggest that the accused physically committed any of the crimes charged personally. Committing in this indictment refers to participation in a joint criminal enterprise as co-perpetrator.

6. Slobodan MILOSEVIC participated in a joint criminal enterprise as set out in paragraphs 24 to 26. The purpose of this joint criminal enterprise was the forcible removal of the majority of the Croat and other non-Serb population from the approximately one-third of the territory of the Republic of Croatia that he planned to become part of a new Serb-dominated state through the commission of crimes in violation of Articles 2, 3, and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal. These areas included those regions that were referred to by Serb authorities and are hereinafter referred to as the "Serbian Autonomous District /Sprska autonomna oblast/ ("SAO") Krajina", the "SAO Western Slavonia", and the "SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem" (collectively referred to by Serb authorities after 19 December 1991 as the "Republic of Serbian Krajina /Republika Srpska krajina/" ("RSK")), and "Dubrovnik Republic /Dubrovacka republika/". 

7. This joint criminal enterprise came into existence before l August 1991 and continued until at least June 1992. Individuals participating in this joint criminal enterprise included Slobodan MILOSEVIC, Borisav JOVIC, Branko KOSTIC, Veljko KADIJEVIC, Blagoje ADZIC, Milan BABIC, Milan MARTIC, Goran HADZIC, Jovica STANISIC, Franko SIMATOVIC, also known as "Frenki", Tomislav SIMOVIC, Vojislav SESELJ, Momir BULATOVIC, Aleksandar VASILJEVIC, Radovan STOJICIC, also known as "Badza", Zeljko RAZNATOVIC, also known as "Arkan", and other known and unknown participants.

8. The crimes enumerated in Counts 1 to 32 of this indictment were within the object of the joint criminal enterprise. Alternatively, the crimes enumerated in Counts 1 to 13 and 17 to 32 were the natural and foreseeable consequences of the execution of the object of the joint criminal enterprise and the accused was aware that such crimes were the possible outcome of the execution of the joint criminal enterprise. 

9. In order for the joint criminal enterprise to succeed in its objective, Slobodan MILOSEVIC worked in concert with or through several individuals in the joint criminal enterprise. Each participant or co-perpetrator within the joint criminal enterprise played his own role or roles that significantly contributed to the overall objective of the enterprise. The roles of the participants or co-perpetrators include, but are not limited to, the following:


 

10. Borisav JOVIC, holding different positions as a member, Vice-President, and President of the SFRY Presidency from 15 May 1989 until April 1992, as President of the SPS from May 1991 until October 1992, and holding other key positions of the SPS until November 1995, and Branko KOSTIC, the Vice-President and then Acting President of the SFRY Presidency in the relevant period, together with others, commanded, directed, or otherwise exercised effective control over the Yugoslav People’s Army ("JNA") and the Territorial Defence ("TO") units and the volunteer units acting in co-ordination and under supervision of the JNA. 

11. General Veljko KADIJEVIC, as Federal Secretary for National Defence from 15 May 1988 until 6 January 1992, commanded, directed, or otherwise exercised effective control over the JNA and the TO units and the volunteer units acting in co-ordination and under supervision of the JNA. 

12. General Blagoje ADZIC, in his capacity as JNA Chief-of-Staff from October 1989 until 8 May 1992 and Acting Federal Secretary for National Defence from January 1992 until 8 May 1992, together with others commanded, directed, or otherwise exercised effective control over the JNA and the TO units and the volunteer units acting in co-ordination and under supervision of the JNA. 

13. General Aleksandar VASILJEVIC, in his capacity as a JNA general and chief of the JNA Security Administration until 8 May 1992, in particular the military counter-intelligence service Kontraobavestajna sluzba ("KOS"), participated in activities designed to stir up hate, fear and violence, which significantly helped attain the overall objectives of the joint criminal enterprise. Agents of the KOS directed and supported the local Croatian Serb political leaders and the local Serb police and military forces, including the TO staff and volunteers from Serbia. 

14. Jovica STANISIC, in his capacity as chief of the State Security (Drzavna bezbednost) ("DB") of the Republic of Serbia from March 1991 until October 1998, commanded, directed, or otherwise exercised effective control over members of the DB, who participated in the perpetration of the crimes specified in this indictment. In addition, he provided arms, funds, training, or other substantial assistance or support to Serb volunteer units and police units who perpetrated crimes specified in this indictment. 

15. Franko SIMATOVIC, also known as "Frenki", as head of the special operations component of the DB of the Republic of Serbia, commanded, directed, or otherwise exercised effective control over agents of the DB who perpetrated crimes specified in this indictment. In addition, he provided training, funds, arms, or other substantial assistance or support to members of "Martic’s Police" and Serb volunteer units who perpetrated crimes specified in this indictment. 

16. Tomislav SIMOVIC, in his position as Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia from 31 July 1991 until at least 19 December 1991, formed, deployed, and provided substantial assistance or support to Serb volunteer units and other Serb forces involved in the perpetration of crimes specified in this indictment. 

17. Milan MARTIC, as "Secretary of the Secretariat of Internal Affairs" of the SAO Krajina from 4 January 1991 until 29 May 1991; as "Minister of Defence" of the SAO Krajina from 29 May 1991 until 27 June 1991; and as "Minister of Internal Affairs" for the SAO Krajina (later Republic of Serbian Krajina) from 27 June 1991 until January 1994, established, commanded, directed, and otherwise exercised effective control over members of his police force (referred to as "Martic’s Police", "Marticevci", "SAO Krajina Police" or "SAO Krajina Militia"). 


 

18. Milan BABIC, as "President of the Executive Council" of the SAO Krajina from at least 19 January 1991 until 29 May 1991, "President of the Government" of the SAO Krajina from 29 May 1991 until December 1991, and as "President of the Republic" of the Republic of Serbian Krajina from 19 December 1991 until 26 February 1992, organised and administered the actions of the joint criminal enterprise in the SAO Krajina. 

19. Goran HADZIC, in his capacity as "President of the Serbian National Council" of the SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem (SBWS) from 17 March 1991 until at least 25 September 1991, "President of the Government" of the SAO SBWS from at least 25 September 1991 until 26 February 1992, and then as "President of the Republic" of the Republic of Serbian Krajina until January 1994, established, commanded, directed, and otherwise exercised effective control over police (also known as Militia) units and the Serb National Security (SNB) of the SAO SBWS. He provided funding and other substantial assistance and support to the TO units of the SAO SBWS and the Republic of Serbian Krajina. In addition, he personally participated in crimes specified in paragraphs 50 to 55 in the indictment. 

20. Radovan STOJICIC, also known as "Badza", previously the commander of a special police unit in Kosovo, on orders of Slobodan MILOSEVIC, went to Croatia in summer 1991 and established the Serb TO units of SBWS, whose members perpetrated crimes as described in this indictment. From early autumn 1991 until December 1991he personally participated in these crimes as commander of the TO SBWS. 

21. Zeljko RAZNATOVIC, also known as "Arkan", in 1990 established and commanded the Serbian Volunteer Guard, a volunteer unit commonly known as "Arkanovci" or "Arkan’s Tigers", who were under the command of the TO of the SAO SBWS. During the time relevant to this indictment, they maintained a significant military base in Erdut, SAO SBWS, from where members of this unit participated in the crimes described in this indictment. This military base also served as the training centre of other TO units. Zeljko RAZNATOVIC himself functioned as the commander of the base in Erdut and personally participated in the crimes specified in paragraphs 50 to 51, 53 to 54, and 56 to 58 in the indictment.

22. Vojislav SESELJ, as President of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) from at least February 1991 throughout the time relevant to this indictment recruited or otherwise provided substantial assistance or support to Serb volunteers, commonly known as "chetniks" (cetnici), "Šešeljevci" or "Sešelj’s men", who perpetrated crimes as specified in this indictment. In addition, he openly espoused and encouraged creation of a "Greater Serbia" by violence and other unlawful means, and actively participated in war propaganda and spreading inter-ethnic hatred. 

23. Momir BULATOVIC, as President of the Republic of Montenegro from 1990 until 1998, mobilised and provided substantial assistance to Montenegrin troops, including TO, police and volunteer units, who were deployed to the Republic of Croatia, forming part of the JNA, and who perpetrated crimes as specified in this indictment. 

24. From 1987 until late 2000, Slobodan MILOSEVIC was the dominant political figure in Serbia. He acquired control of all facets of the Serbian government, including the police and other state security services. In addition, he gained control over the political leaders of Kosovo, Vojvodina, and Montenegro. 


 

25. In his capacity as the President of Serbia and through his leading position in the SPS party, Slobodan MILOSEVIC exercised effective control or substantial influence over the above-listed participants in the joint criminal enterprise and either alone or acting in concert with them and additional known and unknown persons effectively controlled or substantially influenced the actions of the Federal Presidency of the SFRY and later the FRY, the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs ("MUP"), the JNA, the Serb-run TO staff in the territories subject to this indictment as well as Serb volunteer groups.

26. Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone and in concert with other members of the joint criminal enterprise, participated in the joint criminal enterprise in the following ways: 

a) provided direction and assistance to the political leadership of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and RSK on the take-over of these areas and the subsequent forcible removal of the Croat and other non-Serb population.

b) provided financial, material and logistical support for the regular and irregular military forces necessary for the take-over of these areas and the subsequent forcible removal of the Croat and other non-Serb population. 

c) directed organs of the government of the Republic of Serbia to create armed forces separate from the federal armed forces to engage in combat activities outside the Republic of Serbia, in particular in the said areas in Croatia and the subsequent forcible removal of the Croat and other non-Serb population.

d) participated in the formation, financing, supply, support and direction of special forces of the Republic of Serbia Ministry of Internal Affairs. These special forces were created and supported to assist in the execution of the purpose of the joint criminal enterprise through the commission of crimes which are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

e) participated in providing financial, logistical and political support and direction to Serbian irregular forces and paramilitaries. Such support was given in furtherance of the joint criminal enterprise through the commission of crimes which are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

f) participated in the planning and preparation of the take-over of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and the Dubrovnik Republic and the subsequent forcible removal of the Croat and other non-Serb population.

g) exerted effective control or substantial influence over the JNA which participated in the planning, preparation and execution of the forcible removal of the Croat and other non-Serb population from the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and the Dubrovnik Republic. 

h) provided financial, logistical and political support to TO units and Serb volunteer units acting in the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and the Dubrovnik Republic, which assisted in the execution of the purpose of the joint criminal enterprise through the commission of crimes which are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal.

i) effectively ordered the passage of laws and regulations relative to the involvement of the JNA, the TO and Serb volunteer units in Croatia.


 

j) directed, commanded, controlled, or otherwise provided substantial assistance or support to the JNA, the Serb-run TO staff, and volunteer forces deployed in the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and the Dubrovnik Republic engaged in the execution of the purpose of the joint criminal enterprise through the commission of crimes which are in violation of Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal.

k) directed, commanded, controlled, or otherwise provided substantial assistance or support to the police forces within the MUP of the Republic of Serbia, including the DB, whose members assisted in the execution of the purpose of the joint criminal enterprise in the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina and the Dubrovnik Republic. 

l) financed Serb military, police, and irregular soldiers in Croatia who perpetrated crimes as specified in this indictment. 

m) controlled, contributed to, or otherwise utilised Serbian state-run media outlets to manipulate Serbian public opinion by spreading exaggerated and false messages of ethnically based attacks by Croats against Serb people in order to create an atmosphere of fear and hatred among Serbs living in Serbia and Croatia. The propaganda generated by the Serbian media was an important tool in contributing to the perpetration of crimes in Croatia. 

27. Slobodan MILOSEVIC knowingly and wilfully participated in the joint criminal enterprise, sharing the intent of other participants in the joint criminal enterprise or aware of the foreseeable consequences of their actions. On this basis, he bears individual criminal responsibility for these crimes under Article 7 (1) of the Statute of the Tribunal in addition to his responsibility under the same Article for having planned, instigated, ordered or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation and execution of these crimes.

28. The accused and other participants in the joint criminal enterprise shared the intent and state of mind required for the commission of each of the crimes charged in counts 1 to 32.

Article 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal

29. Slobodan MILOSEVIC, while holding positions of superior authority, is also individually criminally responsible for the acts or omissions of his subordinates, pursuant to Article 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. A superior is responsible for the criminal acts of his subordinates if he knew or had reason to know that his subordinates were about to commit such acts or had done so, and the superior failed to take the necessary and reasonable measures to prevent such acts or to punish the perpetrators. 


 

30. From at least March 1991 until 15 June 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC exercised control over the four members of the "Serbian Bloc" within the Presidency of the SFRY (later the FRY). These four individuals were Borisav JOVIC, the representative of the Republic of Serbia; Branko KOSTIC, the representative of the Republic of Montenegro; Jugoslav KOSTIC, the representative of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina; and Sejdo BAJRAMOVIC, the representative of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohia. Slobodan MILOSEVIC used Borisav JOVIC and Branko KOSTIC as his primary agents in the Presidency, and through them, he directed the actions of the "Serbian Bloc". From 1 October 1991, in the absence of the representatives of the Presidency from Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the four members of the "Serbian Bloc" exercised the powers of the Presidency, including that of collective "Commander-in-Chief" of the JNA. This "Rump Presidency" acted without dissension to execute Slobodan MILOSEVIC’s policies. The Federal Presidency had effective control over the JNA as its "Commander-in-Chief" and the TO units and volunteer units acting in co-ordination and under supervision of the JNA. Generals Veljko KADIJEVIC and Blagoje ADZIC, who directed and supervised the JNA forces in Croatia, were in constant communication and consultation with the accused. 

31. Slobodan MILOSEVIC exercised effective control over KOS, the counterintelligence component of the JNA. His control over the leaders of KOS, particularly over General Aleksandar VASILJEVIC, enabled the engagement of KOS agents in Croatia. Agents of the KOS carried out the policies of Slobodan MILOSEVIC in Croatia by directing the actions of local Croatian Serb political leaders, directing and supporting the local Serb police and security forces, and introducing Serb volunteer groups into Croatia and supporting their activities. 

32. Slobodan MILOSEVIC is therefore individually criminally responsible under Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal for the participation of the members of the JNA, the TO units and the volunteer units acting in co-ordination and under supervision of the JNA in the crimes described in this indictment.

33. From the time Slobodan MILOSEVIC came to power in Serbia, he exercised control over key officials in the Serbian MUP, among them Radmilo BOGDANOVIC and Zoran SOKOLOVIC, who were both, at different times, Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia, Radovan STOJICIC, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, and Jovica STANISIC and Franko SIMATOVIC, both high-ranking officials in the DB. Through these officials, Slobodan MILOSEVIC exercised effective control over agents of the MUP and the DB who directed and supported the actions of local Croatian Serb political leaders, and Serb police and security forces, and introduced Serb volunteer groups into Croatia and supported their activities. The accused Slobodan MILOSEVIC is therefore individually criminally responsible under Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal for the participation of the members of the Serbian MUP and the DB in the crimes described in this indictment.

THE CHARGES: 

 

COUNT 1(PERSECUTIONS) 

34. From on or about 1 August 1991 until June 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of a joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of the persecutions of the Croat and other non-Serb civilian population in the territories of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina, and the Dubrovnik Republic.

35. Throughout this period, Serb forces, comprised of JNA units, local TO units and TO units from Serbia and Montenegro, local and Serbian MUP police units and paramilitary units, attacked and took control of towns, villages and settlements in these territories listed above. After the take-over, the Serb forces in co-operation with the local Serb authorities established a regime of persecutions designed to drive the Croat and other non-Serb civilian population from these territories.

36. These persecutions were based on political, racial or religious grounds and included the following:


 

a. The extermination or murder of hundreds of Croat and other non-Serb civilians, including women and elderly persons, in Dalj, Erdut, Klisa, Lovas, Vukovar, Vocin, Bacin, Saborsko and neighbouring villages, Skabrnja, Nadin, Bruska, and Dubrovnik and its environs, as described in detail in paragraphs 38 to 59 and 73 to 75.

b. The prolonged and routine imprisonment and confinement of thousands of Croat and other non-Serb civilians in detention facilities within and outside of Croatia, including prison camps located in Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as described in detail in paragraph 64. 

c. The establishment and perpetuation of inhumane living conditions for Croat and other non-Serb civilian detainees within the mentioned detention facilities.

d. The repeated torture, beatings and killings of Croat and other non-Serb civilian detainees in the mentioned detention facilities.

e. The prolonged and frequent forced labour of Croat and other non-Serb civilians detained in the mentioned detention facilities or under house arrest in their respective homes in Vukovar, Dalj, Lovas, Erdut, Saborsko, Vocin and Tovarnik. The forced labour included digging graves, loading ammunition for the Serb forces, digging trenches and other forms of manual labour at the frontlines. 

f. The repeated sexual assaults of Croat and other non-Serb civilians by Serb soldiers during arrest and in the mentioned detention facilities.

g. The unlawful attacks on Dubrovnik and undefended Croat villages throughout the territories specified above.

h. The imposing of restrictive and discriminatory measures against the Croat and other non-Serb civilian population, such as restriction of movement; removal from positions of authority in local government institutions and the police; dismissal from jobs; and arbitrary searches of their homes.

i. The beating and robbing of Croat and other non-Serb civilians.

j. The torture and beatings of Croat and other non-Serb civilians during and after their arrest. 

k. The deportation or forcible transfer of at least 170,000 Croat and other non-Serb civilians from the territories specified above, including the deportation to Serbia of at least 5,000 inhabitants from Ilok, 20,000 inhabitants from Vukovar; and the forcible transfer to locations within Croatia of at least 2,500 inhabitants from Erdut, as described in detail in paragraphs 67 to 69. 

l. The deliberate destruction of homes, other public and private property, cultural institutions, historic monuments and sacred sites of the Croat and other non-Serb population in Dubrovnik and its environs, Vukovar, Erdut, Lovas, Sarengrad, Bapska, Tovarnik, Vocin, Saborsko, Skabrnja, Nadin, and Bruska, as described in paragraphs 71 and 77 to 82.

37. By these acts and omissions, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed: 


 

Count 1Persecutions on political, racial, and religious grounds, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(h), and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

 

COUNTS 2 to 5(EXTERMINATION, MURDER, WILFUL KILLING) 

38. From 1 August 1991 until June 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of a joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of the extermination, murder and wilful killings of Croat and other non-Serb civilians in the territories of the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina, and the SAO SBWS, as specified in paragraphs 39 through 59 of this indictment. 

 

SAO WESTERN SLAVONIA

39. Beginning August 1991, the Serb forces including the volunteer units "Seselj’s men" and the "White Eagles" were in control of Vocin. On 13 December 1991, while the Serb forces withdrew from Vocin and the surrounding area, they went from house to house, killing a substantial portion of the remaining Croat civilian population. A total of thirty-two civilians were killed by these two units before they withdrew on 13 December 1991. The only survivors were those in hiding, whom the Serb forces did not find. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

 

SAO KRAJINA

40. From about 7 October 1991, the Serb forces, comprised of the JNA, members of the TO and members of the Militia of the SAO Krajina (also known as the SAO Krajina Police and Martic’s Police) were in control of the area of Hrvatska Kostajnica. Most of the Croat civilians had fled their homes during the attack in September 1991. Approximately 120 Croat civilians, mostly women, the elderly or the infirm, remained in the villages of Dubica, Cerovljani, and Bacin. On the morning of 20 October 1991, members of the Serb forces rounded up fifty-three civilians in Dubica and detained them in the village fire station. Over the course of the day and night ten were released, because they were either Serbs or had connections with Serbs. On 21 October 1991, the Serb forces took the remaining forty-three detained Croats to a location near the village of Bacin. In addition, the Serb forces brought at least thirteen non-Serb civilians from Bacin and Cerovljani to the same location. All fifty-six victims were killed there. At approximately the same time, the Serb forces took away an additional thirty civilians from Bacin and twenty-four from the villages Dubica and Cerovljani into an unknown location where they killed them. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

41 From early August 1991 until 12 November 1991, the Croat villages of Saborsko, Poljanak and Lipovanic were attacked by Serb forces including JNA, TO and "Martic’s Police". As soon as the Serb forces entered the villages, they killed all remaining non-Serb inhabitants they found. 

42 On 28 October 1991, TO units entered Lipovanic and killed eight civilians. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.


 

43. On 7 November 1991, JNA and TO units, in particular a special JNA unit from Nis, entered the hamlet of Vukovici near Poljanak and executed nine civilians. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

44. On 12 November 1991, members of the JNA, "Martic’s Police" and the TO entered the village of Saborsko where they killed at least twenty Croat civilians. Afterwards, the village was leveled to the ground. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

45. In November 1991, Serb forces comprised of JNA and TO units and "Martic’s Police" attacked the village of Skabrnja, near Zadar. On 18 November 1991, the Serb forces entered Skabrnja. Moving from house to house, they killed at least thirty-eight non-Serb civilians in their homes or in the streets. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

46. In addition, when Serb forces attacked the neighbouring villages of Nadin the next day, they killed seven non-Serb civilians. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

47. Between 18 November and February 1992, all remaining Croat civilians in Skabrnja died. Serb forces killed twenty-six of the remaining elderly and infirm Croat civilians. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

48. On 21 December 1991, Serb forces, in particular members of "Martic’s Police", entered the village of Bruska and the hamlet of Marinovic where they killed ten civilians, among them nine Croats. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

 

VUKOVAR HOSPITAL

49. On or about 20 November 1991, as part of the overall persecution campaign, Serb military forces under the command, control or influence of the JNA, the TO SBWS and other participants of the joint criminal enterprise, removed approximately two hundred and fifty-five Croats and other non-Serbs from Vukovar Hospital in the aftermath of the Serb take-over of the city. The victims were transported to the JNA barracks and then to the Ovcara farm located about 5 kilometers south of Vukovar. There, members of the Serb forces beat and tortured the victims for hours. During the evening of 20 November 1991, the soldiers transported the victims in groups of 10-20 to a remote execution site between the Ovcara farm and Grabovo, where they shot and killed them. Their bodies were buried in a mass grave. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

 

SAO SBWS

50. In September and October 1991, the Serb TO forces and Militia of the SAO SBWS arrested Croat civilians and kept them in a detention facility in the police building in Dalj. On 21 September 1991, Goran HADZIC and Zeljko RAZNATOVIC visited the detention facility and ordered the release of two of the detainees. Members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC shot eleven detainees and buried their bodies in a mass grave in the village of Celija. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.


 

51. On 4 October 1991, members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC entered the detention facility in the police building in Dalj and shot twenty-eight Croat civilian detainees. The bodies of the victims were then taken from the building and dumped into the nearby Danube River. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

52. On 18 October 1991, members of the JNA, the TO of the SAO SBWS, and Dusan Silni volunteer unit forced fifty Croat civilians, who had been detained for forced labour in the Zadruga building in Lovas, to march into a minefield on the outskirts of the village of Lovas, located approximately 20 kilometers south-west of the town of Vukovar. On the way to the minefield, one detainee was shot dead by these Serb forces. Upon reaching the minefield, the detainees were forced to enter the minefield and sweep their feet in front of them to clear the field of mines. At least one mine exploded, and the Serb forces opened fire on the detainees. Twenty-one detainees were killed either through mine explosions or gunfire. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

53. On 9 November 1991, members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC and members of the Militia of the SAO SBWS arrested ethnic Hungarian and Croat civilians in Erdut, Dalj Planina, and Erdut Planina and took them to the training centre of the TO in Erdut where twelve of them were shot dead the following day. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment. Several days after 9 November 1991, members of the SNB of the SAO SBWS in co-operation with several members of "Arkan’s Tigers" arrested and executed three civilians, two of them family members of the original Hungarian victims who had inquired about the fate of their relatives. The bodies of eight of the initial twelve victims were buried in the village of Celija and one victim was buried in Daljski Atar. The bodies of the three additional victims were thrown in a well in Borovo. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment. On 3 June 1992, members of the SNB, in co-operation with members of "Arkan’s Tigers", arrested Marija Senasi (born 1937), a female family member of the original Hungarian victims who had continued to make inquiries about the fate of her relatives. This woman was subsequently murdered and her body was thrown into an abandoned well in Dalj Planina. 

54. On 11 November 1991, members of the TO of SAO SBWS, under the command of Zeljko RAZNATOVIC, arrested seven non-Serb civilians in the village of Klisa. Two of the detainees who had Serb relatives were released. The remaining five civilians were taken to the TO training centre in Erdut. After their interrogation, the victims were killed and buried in a mass grave in the village of Celija. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

55. Between 18 and 20 November 1991, after the termination of the military operations in and around Vukovar, the JNA deported thousands of Croat and other non-Serb inhabitants into the territory of the Republic of Serbia. Following a request of Goran HADZIC to retain those non-Serbs who were suspected of participation in the military operations, the JNA transported a large number of inhabitants of Vukovar to the detention facilities in Dalj on around 20 November 1991. There, Serb TO members selected those suspected of participating in the defence of Vukovar. The selected detainees were interrogated, beaten and tortured. At least thirty-four were executed. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.


 

56. On 10 December 1991, members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC and members of the Militia of the SAO SBWS arrested five non-Serb villagers from Erdut. The victims were taken to the TO training centre in Erdut and subsequently killed. The bodies of three of the victims were later disposed of in a well in Daljski Atar. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

57. From 22 December 1991 to 25 December 1991, members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC and members of the Militia of the SAO SBWS arrested seven ethnic Hungarian and Croat civilians in Erdut and took them to the TO training centre in Erdut. On 26 December 1991, they were shot and killed. The bodies of six of the victims were buried in Daljski Atar. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

58. On 21 February 1992, members of the TO of the SAO SBWS led by Zeljko RAZNATOVIC and members of the Militia of the SAO SBWS arrested four non-Serb civilians in Erdut. All of the victims were interrogated in the Territorial Defence training centre in Erdut and then killed. The bodies of the victims were buried in a mass grave in Daljski Atar. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

59. On 4 May 1992, members of the special operations component of the DB, arrested five non-Serb civilians in the village of Grabovac. The civilians were taken away and killed. Their bodies were later buried in Tikves Park. The names of the victims are set out in Annex I attached to this indictment.

60. By the acts and omissions in relation to the incidents referred to in the paragraphs 39 to 49, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed: 

Count 2: Extermination, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(b) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

61. By the acts and omissions in relation to all incidents referred to in the paragraphs 39 to 59, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed: 

Count 3: Murder, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(a) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

Count 4Murder, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, as recognised by Common Article 3(1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Articles 3 and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

62. By the acts and omissions in relation to all incidents referred to in the paragraphs 39 to 49, 52 to 59, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed: 

Count 5Wilful killing, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949, punishable under Articles 2(a) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

 

COUNTS 6 to 13(UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, IMPRISONMENT, TORTURE and INHUMANE ACTS)

63. From August 1991 until March 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of a joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of the unlawful confinement or imprisonment under inhumane conditions of the Croat and other non-Serb civilian population in the territories of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina, and the Dubrovnik Republic.


 

64. Serb military forces, comprised of JNA, TO and volunteer units acting in co-operation with local and Serbian police staff and local Serb authorities, arrested and detained thousands of Croat and other non-Serb civilians from the territories specified in the following short- and long-term detention facilities:

a. Military warehouse in Morinje in Montenegro, run by the JNA, approximately three hundred and twenty detainees.

b. Military barracks in Kumbor in Montenegro, a transit detention facility run by the JNA that also included scores of long-term detainees.

c. Military barracks in Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina run by the JNA, approximately one hundred detainees.

d. STAJICEVO agricultural farm in Serbia run by the JNA, approximately one thousand and seven hundred detainees.

e. Military barracks in Begejci in Serbia run by the JNA, approximately two hundred and sixty detainees.

f. Military barracks in Zrenjanin in Serbia run by the JNA, scores of detainees.

g. Military prison Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia run by the JNA, hundreds of detainees. 

h. Prison in Knin, SAO Krajina run by the JNA, approximately one hundred and fifty detainees.

i. Old hospital in Knin, SAO Krajina run by “Martic’s Militia”, approximately one hundred and twenty detainees.

j. Police buildings and the hangar near the railway station in Dalj, SAO SBWS run by the JNA and TO, hundreds of detainees.

k. Zadruga Building in Lovas, SAO SBWS run by members of the TO and the Dusan Silni volunteer unit, approximately seventy detainees.

l. Territorial Defence training centre in Erdut, also referred to as "Arkan’s" military base, SAO SBWS, run by members of the TO and "Arkan’s Tigers", approximately fifty-two detainees.

m. Ovcara farm, near Vukovar, SAO SBWS run by the JNA, approximately three hundred detainees.

n. Velepromet warehouse near Vukovar, SAO SBWS run by the JNA, approximately one hundred detainees.

o. Military prison in Sid, SAO SBWS run by the JNA, approximately one hundred detainees. 

p. Police station in Opatovac, SAO SBWS run by the JNA, scores of detainees.


 

q. Stable or workshop in Borovo Selo, SAO SBWS, run by members of the militia and TO, approximately eighty detainees.

65. The living conditions in these detention facilities were brutal and characterised by inhumane treatment, overcrowding, starvation, forced labour, inadequate medical care, and constant physical and psychological assault, including mock executions, torture, beatings, and sexual assault. 

66. By these acts and omissions, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed:

Count 6: Imprisonment, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY punishable under Article 5(e) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 7: Torture, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY punishable under Article 5(f) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 8: Inhumane acts, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY punishable under Article 5(i) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 9: Unlawful confinement, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949 punishable under Article 2(g) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 10: Torture, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949 punishable under Article 2(b) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 11: Wilfully causing great suffering, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949 punishable under Article 2(c) and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 12: Torture, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR as recognised by Common Article 3 (1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Article 3 and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

Count 13: Cruel treatment, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR as recognised by Common Article 3 (1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Article 3 and Article 7 (1) and Article 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

 

COUNTS 14 to 16(DEPORTATION, FORCIBLE TRANSFER)

67. From 1 August 1991 until May 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of the joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of the deportations or forcible transfers of the Croat and other non-Serb civilian population in the territories of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia, the SAO Krajina, and the Dubrovnik Republic.


 

68. In order to achieve this objective, Serb forces comprised of JNA, TO and volunteer units, including the "White Eagles", "Seselj’s men", "Dusan Silni" and "Arkan’s Tigers", in co-operation with police units, including "Martic’s Police", SNB and Serbian MUP, and others under the effective control of Slobodan MILOSEVIC or other participants in the joint criminal enterprise, surrounded Croat towns and villages and demanded their inhabitants to surrender their weapons, including legally owned hunting rifles. Then, the town and villages were attacked, even those inhabitants who had complied with the demands. These attacks were intended to compel the population to flee. After taking control of the towns and villages, the Serb forces sometimes rounded up the remaining Croat and other non-Serb civilian population and forcibly transported them to locations in Croatia controlled by the Croatian government or deported them to locations outside Croatia, in particular Serbia and Montenegro. On other occasions, the Serb forces in co-operation with the local Serb authorities imposed restrictive and discriminatory measures on the non-Serb population and engaged in a campaign of terror designed to drive them out of the territory. The majority of the non-Serbs that remained were then deported or forcibly transferred. 

69. According to the 1991 census, the Croat and other non-Serb population of these areas was approximately as follows:

SAO Krajina: 28 % Croats (70,708), 5 % others (13,101). 

SAO Western Slavonia: 29 % Croats (6864), 11 % others (2577). 

SAO SBWS: 47 % Croats (90,454), 21 % others (40,217).

Virtually the whole Croat and non-Serb population of these areas was forcibly removed, deported or killed. According to the 1991 census, the Croat and other non-Serb population of the Dubrovnik Republic was approximately 82 % Croats (58,836), 11 % others (7,818). The joint criminal enterprise did not achieve its goal of forcibly removing, deporting or killing the entire Croat and non-Serb population of the Dubrovnik Republic.

70. By these acts and omissions, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed: 

Count 14Deportation, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(d) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 15: Inhumane Acts (Forcible Transfers), a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(i) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 16Unlawful Deportation or Transfer, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949, punishable under Articles 2(g) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

 

COUNTS 17 to 20(WANTON DESTRUCTION, PLUNDER OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY)

 

71. From 1 August 1991 until May 1992, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of the joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of the wanton destruction and plunder of the public and private property of the Croat and other non-Serb population, within the territories of the SAO SBWS, the SAO Western Slavonia and the SAO Krajina although these actions were not justified by military necessity. This intentional and wanton destruction and plunder included the plunder and destruction of homes and religious and cultural buildings, and took place in the following towns and villages:


 

SAO SBWS, from August until October 1991: the towns and villages Dalj, Celija, Vukovar, Erdut, Lovas, Sarengrad, Bapska and Tovarnik.

SAO Western Slavonia, from August to December 1991: the town Vocin.

SAO Krajina, from August to December 1991: the towns and villages Saborsko, Skabrnja, Nadin, and Bruska.

72. By these acts and omissions, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed:

Count 17: Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949, punishable under Articles 2(d) and 7(1) and 7 (3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 18: Wanton destruction of villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, punishable under Articles 3 (b) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 19: Destruction or wilful damage done to institutions dedicated to education or religion, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, punishable under Articles 3(d) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 20: Plunder of public or private property, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, punishable under Articles 3(e) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

 

DUBROVNIK

 

COUNTS 21 to 27 (MURDER, WILFUL KILLING, WILFULLY CAUSING GREAT SUFFERING, CRUEL TREATMENT, ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS)

73. From 1 October 1991 until 7 December 1991, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of the joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation, or execution of a military campaign directed at the city of Dubrovnik and its surroundings in order to achieve the forcible removal of its non-Serb population. 

74. In this time period, Serb forces comprised of JNA land, air and naval units, as well as TO and volunteer units and special police units from Serbia and Montenegro subordinated to the JNA and under the effective control of Slobodan MILOSEVIC and other members of the joint criminal enterprise, in particular Momir BULATOVIC, launched an extensive military attack on the coastal regions of Croatia between the town of Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the north-west and the Montenegrin border in the south-east. It was the objective of the Serb forces to detach this area from Croatia and to annex it to Montenegro. While the Serb forces seized the territory to the south-east and north-west of the city of Dubrovnik within two weeks, the city itself was under attack throughout the time alleged in this indictment. 


 

75. During an unlawful extensive shelling campaign conducted from high ground east and north of Dubrovnik, with an unobstructed view of the city and its environs, and from JNA naval vessels offshore, forty-three Croat civilians were killed and numerous others wounded. The shelling incidents and the names of the killed civilians are set out in Annex II attached to this indictment.

76. By these acts and omissions, Slobodan MILOSEVIC committed:

Count 21: Murder, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(a) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

Count 22: Wilful killing, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949, punishable under Articles 2(a) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 23: Murder, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, as recognised by Common Article 3(1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Articles 3 and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

Count 24: Inhumane acts, a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, punishable under Articles 5(i) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal. 

Count 25Wilfully causing great suffering, a GRAVE BREACH OF THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949, punishable under Articles 2(c) and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 26Cruel treatment, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, as recognised by Common Article 3(1)(a) of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Articles 3 and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

Count 27Attacks on civilians, a VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR, as recognised by Article 51(2) of Additional Protocol I and Article 13(2) of Additional Protocol II to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, punishable under Articles 3 and 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute of the Tribunal.

 

COUNTS 28 to 32(WANTON DESTRUCTION, PLUNDER OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY)

77. From 1 October 1991 until 7 December 1991, during this same shelling attack, Slobodan MILOSEVIC, acting alone or in concert with other known and unknown members of the joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered, committed, or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation and execution of the wanton destruction or wilful damage and plunder of the public and private property of the Croat and other non-Serb population within the area of the Dubvrovnik Republic. This campaign included the destruction, damage or plunder of homes, religious

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