Case Name

Case name: Beli Manastir – Zoran Vukšić et al.

Case Number

KTRZ 5/09

Broj žrtava

Victims: 46

Number of accused

Persons convicted: 4 (Zoran Vukšić, Slobodan Strigić, Branko Hrnjak, Velimir Bertić)

Ranking the Accused

Convicted persons' ranks: lower police officers

Indictment date

23. June 2010. years

Case Phase

Case status: finally resolved

Duration of the procedure from the beginning of the trial

5 years 7 months

Number of examined witness

68

Date and outcome of the first instance verdict

19. June 2012. years
First-instance judgment / years in prison: Zoran Vukšić: 20 Slobodan Strigić: 10 Branko Hrnjak: 5 Velimir Bertić: 1.5

Date and outcome of the decision of the Appellate Court

29. March 2013. years
Decision on appeal: Zoran Vukšić, Slobodan Strigić and Branko Hrnjak: first-instance judgment abolished and new trial ordered Velimir Bertić: first-instance judgment confirmed

Date and outcome of the verdict in the repeated trial

29. May 2015. years
Judgment upon repeated proceedings: In the course of repeated proceedings, the Higher Court found the defendants guilty of the killing of 4 Croat civilians in Beli Manastir, Croatia in 1991. Additionally, the Higher Court found defendant Zoran Vukšić guilty of the killing of another Croat civilian and grave wounding of two. The parties lodged appeals against the decision, but the same were rejected by the Appellate Court. On completion of repeated proceedings, the Higher Court in Belgrade found that over the period between August and December 1991, defendant Zoran Vukšić, at the relevant time member of the Special Police force in Beli Manastir, had engaged in the torture and inhumane treatment of Croat civilians confined in the detention centre in Beli Manastir, Croatia. Three defendants (Zoran Vukšić, Slobodan Strigić and Branko Hrnjak) were found guilty of the killing of 4 Croat civilians. Additionally, the Higher Court found defendant Zoran Vukšić guilty of the killing of another Croat civilian and grave wounding of two. In the year 2015, upon repeated proceedings, the Higher Court found the defendants guilty of the killing of 4 Croatian civilians in Beli Manastir, Croatia in 1991. In addition to the foregoing, the Higher Court found defendant Zoran Vukšić guilty of the killing of another Croat civilian and grave wounding of two. The parties lodged appeals against the decision, but the same were dismissed by the Appellate Court.

Criminal offence

Criminal offence: war crime against civilian population, art. 142 (1) in re art.e 22 (coperpetration), FRY Criminal Act

Factual description

Background facts: On completion of repeated proceedings, the Higher Court in Belgrade found that over the period between August and December 1991, defendant Zoran Vukšić, at the relevant time member of the Special Police force in Beli Manastir, had engaged in the torture and inhumane treatment of a number of Croat civilians confined in the detention centre in Beli Manastir, Croatia. Three defendants (Zoran Vukšić, Slobodan Strigić and Branko Hrnjak) were found guilty of the killing of 4 Croat civilians. Additionally, the Higher Court found defendant Zoran Vukšić guilty of the killing of one Croat civilian and grave wounding of two.

Procedural remarks

Procedural remarks: In 2008, pursuant to the Agreement on Cooperation in Prosecuting Perpetrators of Criminal Offences of War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide, signed by Serbia and Croatia in 2006, the Office of the Croatian State Prosecutor provided the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor with evidence relevant to the Beli Manastir case.