Ljubija Football Stadium

Location: Ljubija, Prijedor

Importance of the locality:

In 1992, the Serb authorities in the Prijedor Municipality held civilians, predominantly Croats and Bosniaks, prisoner in 58 detention facilities and concentration centres.In July 1992, the Bosniaks detained at the Culture Centre in Miska Glava were moved to the football stadium in Ljubija. The prisoners were taken in buses to the main gates. They were then made to stand in two lines. The children were separated and taken to the changing rooms that served as detention facilities. A large number of civilians were detained at the stadium and at least 15 were killed. The prisoners were abused, beaten and tortured on a daily basis. Civilians were transferred further from the stadium to the camps of Omarska and Trnopolje.

Entity: Republika Srpska

Ethnic group: Bosniaks, predominantly Croats

Area that victims came from: Prijedor

Responsibility: VRS and MUP

Court trials:

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted a number of people under the command responsibility doctrine for crimes committed in Bosanska Krajina. Radoslav Brđanin, president of the ARK Crisis Staff, was convicted for war crimes committed in multiple municipalities in BiH and sentenced to 32 years in prison; Momčilo Krajišnik, speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly, was sentenced to 27 years in prison; Biljana Plavšić, wartime member of the Presidency of Republika Srpska, was sentenced to 11 years in prison; Mićo Stanišić, wartime Minister of the Interior or Republika Srpska, was sentenced to 22 years in prison; Stojan Župljanin, chief of the Banja Luka Public Security Centre, was sentenced to 22 years in prison; the ICTY sentenced Milomir Stakić, president of the Prijedor Municipality Crisis Staff, to 40 years in prison. Radovan Karadžić, as the president of Republika Srpska and commander in chief of its armed forces, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 28.03.2018.


Updated: 06.02.2020

Army of Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina - ARBiH
Security services command centre - CSB
Herzeg Bosnia - HB
Croat Defense Forces - HOS
Army of Croatia - HV
Croat Defense Council - HVO
Yugoslav National Army - JNA
International Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia - ICTY
Ministry of Interior - MUP
People's Defense of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia - NO APZB
Police station - SJB
Serb Army of Krajina - SVK
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Army of Republic of Srpska - VRS
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