Fourth Primary School

Location: Mostar

Importance of the locality:

On 10 May 1993, in clashes between the HVO and the Army of RBiH many Bosniaks were expelled to the east part of Mostar or captured and taken to detention facilities. At the same time, member of the Army of RBiH established a detention facility for Croat civilians and prisoners of war at the Fourth Primary School in Mostar. The Army of RBiH had jurisdiction over the facility. Dozens of prisoners were held at this facility at different times, and they were subjected to abuse, torture and forced labour on a daily basis. The detention facility at the Fourth Primary School in Mostar operated until 19 March 1994.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Croats

Area that victims came from: Herzegovina

Responsibility: ARBiH

Court trials:

On 24 January 2007, the Cantonal Court in Mostar ruled in the first instance, convicting Mirsad Ćupina, Husnija Oručević, Milo Čišid, Hilmo Toporan, Predrag Ajkić, Zijad Redžović, Ibrahim Oručević, and Nezir Pribišić for crimes committed at the Fourth Primary School in Mostar. They were sentenced as follows: Mirsad Ćupina to four year, Redžović to three, Čišid and Ajkić to two, Oručević to one year and six months, and Toporan and Pribišić to one year each in prison.
On 27 March 2008, the Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered a second-instance judgement in this case. Mirsad Ćupina was sentenced to five years in prison.

Data source: Cantonal Court in Mostar (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 07.07.2019.


Updated: 06.02.2020

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