Cases in trial or on appeal against verdict

X-KRŽ-07/400 - Savić Krsto

CASE INFORMATION
The Accused

Krsto Savić

Milko Mučibabić

Оn 14 December 2010, in the case of Krsto Savić and another (X-KRŽ/07/400), the Court issued a Decision on separating the proceeding in relation to the accused Milko Mučibabić, therefore from now on this case shall be processed under the number of Milko Mučibabić (X-KRŽ-07/400-1), while the case in relation to the accused Krsto Savić shall continue to be processed under the number of Krsto Savić (X-KRŽ-07/400).

 

Milko Mučibabić Case

 


Documents
24.03.2009. Savić Krsto and Another
First instance

12.04.2010. Savić Krsto
Second instance decision revoking in part the first instance verdict

11.04.2011. Savić Krsto
Second instance

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Factual allegations in the Indictment:

The Indictment alleges that the Accused, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the territory of municipalities Nevesinje, Kalinovik, Gacko and Bileća, took part in the persecution of Bosniak and Croat civilians. The Indictment further alleges that members of the Public Security Station Gacko, under the command of Krsto Savić, took part in the persecution of Bosniak civilians from the Gacko Municipality. All able-bodies men were on the occasion deprived of liberty and confined in the detention camps established on the premises of the School in Avtovac, Gacko Municipality, and in the basement of the single-room-occupancy hotel (Samački hotel) in Gacko. Around 150 people were confined in these detention camps in inhumane conditions, without adequate accommodation and subjected to daily physical abuse. The Indictment also alleges that members of the Public Security Station Kalinovik, on 25 June 1992, organized and carried out the arrest of all Bosniak men in Kalinovik and the neighbouring villages of Mjehovina, Jelašce and Vihovići. They detained the arrested civilians in the Primary School Miladin Radojević where they were kept until 7 July 1992. On 5 August 1992, all detained men, around 80 of them, were loaded on trucks and taken away, after which they were executed in the place called Ratine and at the location of the Miljevina tunnels.

According to the charges of the Indictment, during the period from June 1992 to September 1992, the Accused Milko Mučibabić, together with other members of the Public Security Station Nevesinje, took part in the arrest and torture of Bosniak and Croatian civilians in Nevesinje.  On 7 September 2007 in his family house, Nevesinje Municipality, the Accused Mučibabić illegally kept fire arms and ammunition.

Counts of the Indictment:

The Indictment charges Krsto Savić with Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1)(h) (persecution) of the Criminal Code of BiH (CC BiH) in conjunction with the following items:

a)  Depriving another person of his life (murder),
b)  Extermination,
d)  Deportation or forcible transfer of population,
e)  Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law,
f)   Torture,
g)  Coercing another by force or by threat of immediate attack upon his life or limb, or the life or limb of a person close to him, to sexual intercourse or an equivalent sexual act (rape),
k)  Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to physical or mental health,

also in conjunction with Article 173(1) items:

c)  Killings, intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon a person (torture),
e)  Unlawful bringing in concentration camps and other illegal arrests and detention, and
f)   Illegal and self-willed destruction and stealing on large scale of property that is not justified by military needs.

The Indictment charges Milko Mučibabić with Crimes against Humanity under Article 172(1)(h) (persecution) of the Criminal Code of BiH (CC BiH) in conjunction with the following items:

a)   Depriving another person of his life (murder),
b)   Extermination,
d)   Deportation or forcible transfer of population,
e)   Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law,
f)    Torture,
k)    Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to physical or mental health,

also in conjunction with Article 173(1) items:

c)   Killings, intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon a person (torture),
e)   Unlawful bringing in concentration camps and other illegal arrests and detention, and
f)   Illegal and self-willed destruction and stealing on large scale of property that is not justified by military needs.

All in conjunction with Article 180(1) (individual criminal responsibility) of the CC BiH.

Milko Mučibabić is further charged with Illegal manufacturing and trade of weapons or explosive materials under Article 399(1) of the Republika Srpska Criminal Code.  

Course of the proceedings:

The Court confirmed the Indictment on 29 February 2008.

At the plea hearing held on 7 March 2008 both Accused pleaded not guilty.

The main trial commenced on 8 May 2008.

On 24 March 2009, the Court pronounced the first-instance Verdict by which the Accused Krsto Savić and Milko Mučibabić were found guilty of the criminal offence of Crimes against Humanity, while Milko Mučibabić was also found guilty of the criminal offence of Illegal Manufacturing and Trade of Weapons or Explosive Substances. The Court imposed the long-term imprisonment upon the Accused Krsto Savić for a term of 20 years while the Court imposed a compound sentence of imprisonment upon the Accused Milko Mučibabić for a term of 5 years and 3 months.

The Panel of the Appellate Division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the session held on 12 April 2010, dispatched on 22 June 2010 the Appeals Verdict, granting the Appeal by defence counsel for the Accused Milko Mučibabić and partly revising the Trial Verdict of 24 March 2009 in the manner that the charge that the Accused Milko Mučibabić illegally kept firearms and ammunition, possession of which is not at all allowed to the citizens is dismissed. The Appellate Panel also granted the Appeals by defence counsels for the Accused Krsto Savić and Milko Mučibabić and revoked the Trial Verdict in the sentencing part and scheduled a trial before a Panel of the Appellate Division of Section I for War Crimes of the Court of B-H.

 

A commencement of trial before the Appellate Panel of Section I for War Crimes of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in the case of Krsto Savić and another, was on 9 November 2010.
 
On 11 April 2011, in the Krsto Savić (X-KRŽ-07/400) case the Court pronounced the Verdict finding the accused Savić guilty of the criminal offence of Crimes against Humanity and sentencing him to 17 years imprisonment.
 



Related Press Releases

12.04.2011 - Krsto Savić sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment
29.03.2011 - Closing arguments of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH before the Appellate Panel scheduled in the Krsto Savić case
08.11.2010 - Commencement of trial before the Appellate Panel scheduled in the case of Krsto Savić and another
23.06.2010 - The Trial Verdict in Krsto Savić et al. case has been revoked
24.03.2009 - Krsto Savić and Milko Mučibabić found guilty of Crimes against Humanity
23.03.2009 - Pronouncement of the Verdict in the Krsto Savić and Another case scheduled
10.03.2009 - Presentation of closing arguments in the Krsto Savić and Another case scheduled
26.01.2009 - Custody of Krsto Savić Terminated and Prohibitive Measures Imposed
20.10.2008 - Custody for Milko Mučibabić terminated
07.03.2008 - Krsto Savić and Milko Mučibabić pleaded not guilty
06.03.2008 - A plea hearing scheduled in the Krsto Savić and Another case
03.03.2008 - Indictment confirmed in the Krsto Savić and Another case
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Verdicts:
Section I   Section I for War Crimes
Section II 
Section III Section III for all other Criminal Actions from Court of BiH Jurisdiction
Administrative Division
All documents provided herein are for information only and are not to be considered as official records of the Court.