Trial against Frano Drljo, Božo Krajina and Igor Beneta for war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH.
The defendants are charged that in their capacity as members of Anti-terrorist unit (ATJ) Lučko, on 25 August 1995 during the field search action named “Oluja obruč”, following an entry in Grubori by the groups under Drljo’s and Krajina’s command, Drljo and Beneta-subordinated to him were shooting civilians and setting houses on fire, and Drljo, having seen it, took no action to prevent his subordinated soldiers from doing that, while Krajina, having seen that members of the group also subordinated to him together with the mentioned persons were killing civilians and burning houses, took no due action to prevent members of his group, and thus gunshot wounds were inflicted on that occasion to Milica Grubor, Marija Grubor, Jovo Grubor, Jovan Grubor of late Damjan, Miloš Grubor and Đuro Karanović causing their deaths, and majority of buildings and farm facilities were set on fire in the hamlet of Grubori.
Zagreb County Court
Case file number: K-3/10
War Crimes Council (panel): judge Zdravko Majerović, President of the Council, judges Mirko Klinžić and Marjan Garac, Council Members
Indictment: No. K-DO-358/09 of 15 December 2010 issued by the Zagreb County State Attorney’s Office
Prosecution: Robert Petrovečki, Zagreb County Deputy State Attorney
Criminal offence: war crime against civilians under Article 120, paragraph 1 of the OKZRH
1st defendant Frano Drljo
2nd defendant Božo Krajina
3rd defendant Igor Beneta, was at large, the decision on trial in his absence had been issued, but, media reported on 27 November 2011 that Igor Beneta committed suicide. At the hearing held on 1 March 2012, it was announced that the proceedings against him were discontinued.
representing the 1st defendant, Ljubo Pavasović Visković and Ivan Stanić, lawyers practicing in Zagreb
representing the 2nd defendant, Jadranka Sloković, lawyer practicing in Zagreb
representing the 3rd defendant, Ksenija Gržin, lawyer practicing in Zagreb
Victims – killed: Milica Grubor, Marija Grubor, Jovo Grubor, Jovan Grubor of late Damjan, Miloš Grubor and Đuro Karanović
TRIAL MONITORING REPORTS
More on the crime in Grubori and its investigation can be viewed in attached document. It can be viewed (in Croatian) here.
On 6 June 2014, before the Zagreb County Court, the Judical Council pronaunced their decision and aquitted defendants of all accusations.
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