Koštana hospital

Location: Stolac

Importance of the locality:

In 1993, the facility was used as a detention site for Bosniaks from the Stolac area and was under the control of the HVO. Prisoners were forcibly relocated from the Koštana hospital to other facilities in Herzegovina. At least 5 prisoners died from the abuse at the facility.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Stolac

Responsibility: HVO

Court trials:

For crimes committed at the Koštana hospital in Stolac, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted the wartime president of HVO and prime minister of HZHB Jadranko Prlić, under the doctrine of command responsibility, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison; the head of the HZHB Department of Defence Bruno Stojić was sentenced to 20 years in prison; the commander of the HVO Main Staff Slobodan Praljak was sentenced to 20 years in prison; the chief of the HVO Main Staff and deputy commander of the HVO forces Milivoje Petković was sentenced to 20 years in prison; the head of the HVO Military Police Administration Valentin Ćorić was sentenced to 16 years in prison; and the head of the Service for Prisoner Exchange Berislav Pušić was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Petar Matić and Ante Krešić, former members of HVO, were sentenced by the Cantonal Court in Mostar in November 2009 to two years in prison each for crimes committed at the Koštana hospital.
In February 2007, Niko Obradović, former member of HVO, was also convicted for crimes committed at the Koštana hospital and sentenced to three years in prison.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 03.12.2017.


Updated: 06.02.2020

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