Stadium at Bijeli brijeg

Location: Mostar

Importance of the locality:

On 10 May 1993, HVO forces attacked the Vranica settlement in Mostar. Having taken control of Vranica, HVO forces proceeded to segregate the tenants. Croats were let go, but Bosniaks, even those over 70 were taken to the Bijeli brijeg stadium. During May 1993, the Bijeli brijeg stadium was used as a transport centre where prisoners were kept in inhumane conditions and abused before being transferred to other detention facilities, such as the Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Heliodrom and Gabela, which were under the control of HVO at the time.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Mostar

Responsibility: HVO

Court trials:

For crimes committed at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Mostar, 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 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.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 07.07.2019.


Updated: 06.02.2020

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