Black House

Location: Kruščica, Vitez

Importance of the locality:

In 1993, rooms in the “Black House” in Kruščica near Vitez were used as a detention site for Croats from the Vitez area. The prisoners were subjected to harsh and inhumane conditions and daily abuse and beatings. One person was taken from the camp and killed. The facility was run by ARBiH units.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Croats

Area that victims came from: Vitez

Responsibility: ARBiH

Court trials:

In 2019, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina pronounced a first-instance judgement finding the accused Minet Akeljić, Šaban Haskić, Senad Bilal and Hazim Patković guilty of crimes at the “Black House” in the village of Kruščica near Vitez. The sentences were as follows: Minet Akeljić was sentenced to 7 years in prison; Šaban Haskić was sentenced to 7 years in prison; Senad Bilal was sentenced to 8 years; Hazim Patković to 5 years.

Data source: Court of BiH (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 14.11.2018.


Updated: 06.02.2020

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