Indictment against Milorad Trbić accepted by the Court
(27.07.2007. 16:09)

On 27 July 2007, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) accepted an adapted indictment against Milorad Trbić, which charges him with Genocide. The Court also confirmed additional charges by which the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH extended the indictment which was originally confirmed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The indictment alleges that in the period between 11 July and 1 November 1995, as assistant to the Chief of Security of the Zvornik Brigade of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), and as a responsible person for management of the Military Police Company of the same brigade, the Accused knowingly participated in the forcible transfer of the Bosniak population from the Srebrenica enclave, as well as in the summary executions and burial of able-bodied Bosniak men from Srebrenica.

The indictment further alleges that on 13 and 14 July 1995, Milorad Trbić controlled the movement of the Bosniak population as part of their forcible transfer out of the enclave.  On this occasion, he allegedly participated in organizing the transportation, detention, and security of Bosniak men from Srebrenica, who were transported in buses and trucks from Bratunac to detention sites in schools in the Zvornik area. 

According to the allegations laid out in the indictment, between 11 July and 1 November 1995, together with other members of VRS and the Ministry of interior affairs (MUP), Milorad Trbić perpetrated the killing of over 7,000 Bosniak men.  The indictment alleges that on 13 July 1995, the Accused personally participated in the summary execution of at least 10 Bosniak men at the Bratunac stadium, where between 1,000 and 1,500 Bosniak men had been detained.    

The indictment alleges that on 14 July 1995, outside of the Grbavci School, together with other members of the Zvornik Brigade Military Police Company, Trbić shot and killed up to twenty Bosniaks who were previously detained inside the School’s gymnasium.

On 16 July 1995, as duty officer at the Zvornik Brigade Command, Milorad Trbić allegedly provided and coordinated communication between and with other VRS officers carrying out the operation to capture, detain, transport, execute and bury able-bodied Bosniak men from Srebrenica who had been detained in schools in the zone of responsibility of the Zvornik Brigade.   

According to the indictment, between 1 August and 1 November 1995, together with other individuals, Milorad Trbić supervised, facilitated, and oversaw the reburial of bodies exhumed from primary mass graves in the Zvornik and Bratunac Brigade zones of responsibility, and their transfer to secondary grave sites. 

This case has been referred to the authorities of BiH for further processing pursuant to a decision of the ICTY.  The Accused was transferred to BiH on 11 June 2007. 



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