Cases in trial or on appeal against verdict

X-KRŽ-07/386 - Trbić Milorad

The Accused

Milorad Trbić

The Accused has been in custody in BiH since his transfer from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 11 June 2007

16.10.2009. Trbić Milorad
First instance

21.10.2010. Trbić Milorad
Second instance

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Factual allegations in the indictment:

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 the person responsible for the 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 guarding 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.    

According to the indictment, on 12 July 1995, together with 12 members of the Bratunac Brigade Military Police platoon and the Chief of Security for Bratunac Brigade, Momir Nikolić, Milorad Trbić captured about fifteen Bosniak men on the road between Potočari and Srebrenica.  These captives were than allegedly taken to a building known as the White House, across the road from the UNPROFOR Headquarters building in Potočari where the Accused allegedly interrogated them.  The captured Bosniak men were allegedly executed by the members of the Bratunac Brigade Military platoon in the presence of Milorad Trbić who supervised and directed the execution.

The indictment alleges that on 14 July 1995, Milorad Trbić supervised the transportation of Bosniak males from the Grbavci School in Orahovac to a nearby field where approximately 1,000 captives were killed.     

The indictment further alleges that on 14 July 1995, outside 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. 

Charges in the indictment:

Milorad Trbić is charged with Genocide pursuant to Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CC BiH) in conjunction with the following items:

a)  killing members of the group

b)  causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group

c)  deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part

d)  imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group

all in conjunction with Articles 180(1), 21, and 29 of CC BiH.

Course of the proceedings:

The Court accepted/confirmed the indictment on 27 July 2007.  The Court also confirmed additional charges by which the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH expanded the indictment which was originally confirmed by the ICTY.

On 9 August 2007, Milorad Trbić failed to appear at a plea hearing before the Court.  The Court recorded a plea of not guilty in accordance with the law. 

The trial commenced on 8 November 2007.

On 16 October 2009 the Court pronounced the first-instance Verdict by which the accused Milorad Trbić was found guilty of the criminal offence of Genocide and sentenced to 30 years of long-term imprisonment.

The Session before the Appellate Panel was held on 21 October 2010.

On 17 January 2011, the Appellate Panel rendered the Appellate Verdict, refusing as unfounded the appeals submitted by the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, the Defence Counsel for the Accused Trbić and the victims, and upholding the Trial Verdict of 16 October 2009 in its entirety.

Related Press Releases

17.01.2011 - Trial Verdict in Trbić Upheld
16.10.2009 - Milorad Trbić found guilty
15.10.2009 - Pronouncement of the Verdict scheduled in the Milorad Trbić case
07.11.2007 - Commencement of the trial scheduled in the case of Milorad Trbić
09.08.2007 - The Court recorded a plea of not guilty for Milorad Trbić
08.08.2007 - Plea hearing in the case of Milorad Trbić
27.07.2007 - Indictment against Milorad Trbić accepted by the Court
13.06.2007 - Custody ordered for Milorad Trbić
11.06.2007 - ICTY accused Milorad Trbić transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina
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