Milan Bojanic

14.03.2017
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Facts

Milan Bojanic was a member of the Territorial Defence Forces of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the Vukovar region in Croatia. This military unit, together with the Yugoslav People’s Army, fought against the forces of the Republic of Croatia on behalf of the Serbian minority which was seeking to secede from the Republic of Croatia between August 1991 and May 1992.

Allegedly, Bojanic participated in killings, torture and robbery of non-Serbs living in the village of Miklusevci which had fallen into the hands of the Serb forces.

He has been accused of forcing 98 residents to leave the village on 18 May 1992 by throwing bombs into the houses and threatening them with firearms, while at the same time they were robbed of their money, jewellery and other valuables. According to the allegations, four persons were killed and six were tortured.

Legal procedure

On 29 April 1996, Bojanic, together with 34 other people, was charged with genocide by the Osijek County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On 21 February 1997, the Osijek County Court decided to try the accused in absentia. The accusation against Bojanic included genocide, and then war crime. On 13 April 2007, he was finally indicted for genocide. His trial started on 24 October 2008.

On 14 January 2009, the State’s Attorney finally dropped the charges against Milan Bojanic and four other accused. As a consequence, on 16 January 2009, the criminal proceeding against them was closed.