Dubravica Primary School

Location: Vitez

Importance of the locality:

Rooms in the Dubravica Primary School in Vitez were used in April 1993 as a detention site for Bosniak civilians and soldiers from the Vitez area. The facility was under the control of the HVO Vitez Brigade.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Vitez

Responsibility: HVO

Court trials:

For unlawful detention of civilians, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Dario Kordić, president of HDZ BiH and vice-president of HZ-HB, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, while Mario Čerkez, commander of the HVO Vitez Brigade was sentenced to six years in prison. Under the doctrine of command responsibility, the ICTY convicted general Tihomir Blaškić, HVO commander for the Central Bosnian Operative Zone, and sentenced him to 9 years in prison. For crimes committed against prisoners in Vitez, the ICTY convicted Miroslav Bralo known as Cicko, member of the “Jokers” unit of the HVO Military Police, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina convicted the commander of the HVO Vitez Brigade Military Police Ante Kovać, and sentenced him to 9 years in prison.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 14.11.2018.


Updated: 06.02.2020

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