Enver Hadzihasanovic was born on 7 July 1950 in Zvornik in the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a former high ranking professional military officer of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA). In early April 1992, the JNA placed Enver Hadzihasanovic under house arrest in Sarajevo. On 8 April 1992, he was able to escape and subsequently deserted from the JNA. Immediately after his escape, Enver Hadzihasanovic joined the Territorial Defence of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On 14 November 1992, he was made a Commander of the 3rd Corps of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina (ABiH). He retained this position until 1 November 1993, at which date he was promoted to Chief of the Supreme Command Staff of the ABiH. In December 1993, Enver Hadzihasanovic was further promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
Between January 1993 and January 1994 the ABiH was engaged in various combat activities with the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in central Bosnia. In particular, in April 1993 and in early summer 1993, ABiH 3rd Corps units launched a series of heavy attacks against the HVO including, but not limited to, the areas of the municipalities of Bugojno, Busovaca, Kakanj, Maglaj, Novi Travnik, Travnik, Vares, Vitez, Zavidovici, Zenica and Zepce. The ABiH operations culminated in a massive attack between 7 and 13 June 1993 against the territories within the municipalities of Kakanj, Travnik and Zenica and others.
Within the municipalities mentioned above, according to the indictment, ABiH 3rd Corps units attacked towns and villages mainly inhabited by Bosnian Croats, but also by Bosnian Serb civilians. The Bosnian Croat civilians principally, but also Bosnian Serb civilians-including women, the elderly and the infirm-, were subjected to wilful murder and serious injury. In the course of, or after the attacks, at least 200 Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb civilians were killed and many more were wounded or harmed whilst attempting to hide or escape. In several instances, ABiH forces killed HVO troops after they had surrendered.
According to the indictment, the Bosnian Croats principally, but also some Bosnian Serbs, were illegally imprisoned or detained in some other fashion at locations under the control of the ABiH. The Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs who were imprisoned or otherwise detained, were murdered, severely beaten or were subjected to physical and or psychological abuse, intimidation or inhuman treatment; including being confined in overcrowded or unsanitary conditions and suffered inhumane deprivations of basic necessities such as adequate food, water and clothing. The prisoners received very little or no medical care whatsoever.
The ABiH forces plundered or destroyed the property of the Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs without any military justification for doing so. Houses and buildings, as well as personal belongings and livestock, belonging for the most part to the Bosnian Croats, but also to the Bosnian Serbs, were destroyed or badly damaged. Furthermore, Bosnian Croat buildings and religious sites and institutions were destroyed or desecrated in some way or another.
According to the same indictment, Enver Hadzihasanovic knew or had reasons to know that the ABiH forces under his command and effective control, were planning, preparing and implementing detention, illegal imprisonment, killings and cruel and inhumane treatment of the Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs, or that they had already carried out these acts and that he had not taken the necessary and reasonable measures to prevent these acts from being committed or to punish their perpetrators.
Enver Hadzihasanovic gave himself up voluntarily on 2 August 2001 and was transferred on 4 August 2001 to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).