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The Never-Ending War Crimes Trial of Branimir Glavas
After 12 years of being prosecuted for the killings of Serb civilians in 1991 and five separate court verdicts, Croatian wartime general Branimir Glavas is still on trial – and he’s still a free man.BIRN Zagreb
|Branimir Glavas gestures to media outside Zagreb county court. Photo: Beta.|
“If the judges of the Supreme Court have unequivocally found that I am guilty of brutal crimes against the civilian population at the time of the Homeland War [Croatia’s 1990s war], then the court should impose the maximum prescribed prison sentence [20 years] on me,” Glavas declared.
As the commander of the defence forces in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek, Glavas was found guilty of ordering the executions of seven, mostly Croatian Serb civilians in 1991. The court established that he founded and armed a special military unit known in Osijek under various names – the Protective Troop or Branimir’s Osijek Battalion – and acted as its effective commander.
Glavas’s legal marathon: timeline
July 2005: The state attorney’s office, DORH, confirms it has testimonies on the killing of Serbs in Osijek in 1991 and 1992
December 2005: Glavas interrogated in Osijek
June 2006: The state attorney’s office opens an investigation into Glavas
October 2006: Glavas arrested over the ‘Garage’ case and put in remand prison; DORH opens an investigation for the ‘Sellotape’ case
December 2006: Glavas released from remand, after a 37-days-long hunger strike from prison, and the investigation was stopped.
April 2007: DORH files an indictment for the ‘Sellotape’ case, Glavas again transferred to remand prison, where he starts a 24-day hunger strike
May 2007: DORH files an indictment for the ‘Garage’ case
October 2007: Glavas’s trial starts before Zagreb county court
November 2007: Glavas starts a 65-day hunger strike
January 2008: After parliament did not strip him of his immunity, Glavas is allowed to defend himself on bail
May 2009: Zagreb county court sentences Glavas to ten years in prison; the same day Glavas flees to Bosnia and Herzegovina
July 2010: Croatia’s Supreme Court upholds the 2009 conviction, lowering the sentence to eight years
December 2010: the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirms the verdict; Glavas is transferred to prison in Zenica and later Mostar
January 2015: Croatia’s Constitutional Court quashes Glavas’s final verdict
July 2016: Croatia’s Supreme Court quashes Glavas’s first-degree verdict
October 2017: Glavas’s trial starts again before Zagreb county court
In the ‘Garage’ case, civilian Cedomir Vuckovic was forced to drink car battery acid in a garage in September 1991. When he ran out in pain, he was shot by Krunoslav Fehir, member of the 1st Battalion of Osijek Defenders, commanded by Glavas.
Vuckovic died from the consequences of the poisoning. Glavas then allegedly came from his nearby office and ordered that a second prisoner, Dordje Petkovic, should be executed.
In the ‘Sellotape’ case, Glavas’s unit arrested six civilians in November and December 1991 – Branko Lovric, Alija Sabanovic, Milutin Kutlic, Svetislav Vukajlovic, Bogdan Pocuca and an unidentified woman in Osijek – then tortured them in a basement in the city. They were then brought to the Drava riverbank, where the unit members executed them, with their hands tied behind their backs with sellotape.
One civilian, Radoslav Ratkovic, was shot in the cheek and threw into the river, but managed to survive and swam away. Through his direct subordinate Gordana Getos Magdic, Glavas ordered that someone from the unit go to the hospital and execute Ratkovic – although the order was not carried out.
Despite all the facts about the crimes established by Zagreb county court at the first trial in 2009 and the confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2010, Glavas is a still a free man and is currently standing over the two cases before Zagreb county court again, 26 years after the crimes.
Some commentators have suggested that his political influence, which was bolstered by the party he co-founded, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ - an influence which he still retains as an MP in Croatia’s parliament - is one reason why there has been no final verdict yet.
When the retrial started in October in Zagreb, Glavas again pleaded not guilty. He is appearing in court again on Friday.
High-ranking politician, ‘ruler’ of Osijek
|Glavas in the Croatian parliament. Photo: Beta.|
He also took control over the Osijek-based daily newspaper Glas Slavonije, as Drago Hedl, a veteran journalist from Osijek who was its editor-in-chief and has written extensively about Glavas, recalls.......