Hotel Vilina vlas

Location: Hotel near Višegrad

Importance of the locality:

From May to July 1992, the Vilina vlas Hotel was a detention facility for Bosniak women, run by the Serb paramilitary formation “Osvetnici” [“Vindicators”] that was attached to the Višegrad brigade of VRS. The detained women were subjected to abuse and sexual violence. At least one person was killed or died due to being abused at this location. The building was also used to detain and abuse persons kidnapped in Sjeverin who were subsequently killed.

Entity: Republika Srpska

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Podrinja and Sjeverina

Responsibility: Višegrad brigade of the VRS, paramilitary formation Osvetnici

Court trials:

For crimes committed in Višegrad, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted the commander of the Osvetnici paramilitary unit Milan Lukić, sentencing him to life in prison, and member of the paramilitary group Sredoje Lukić, sentencing him to 30 years in prison.
The Court of BiH convicted Nenad Tanasković, a member of the reserve police forces at SJB VIšegrad, and sentenced him to 8 years in prison, and Oliver Krsmanović, member of VRS, sentencing him to 18 years in prison.
On 20 February 2009, the Appellate Chamber of Section I for War Crimes at the Court of BiH delivered a judgement in the case of Željko Lelek, sentencing him to 16 years in prison for crimes against humanity committed in Višegrad, including rapes in the Vilina Vlas Hotel.

Commemorations: During June (dates vary)

Data source: ICTY and Court of BiH (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 07.10.2015.


Updated: 30.01.2020

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