Silos in Čapljina

Location: Čapljina

Importance of the locality:

From 13 July to 23 August 1993, the Silos in Čapljina served as a detention facility for captured Bosniak civilians, women, children and the elderly. The facility was run by the HVO Military Police. In that period, in addition to the women and children, Bosniak men from villages around Čapljina were also brought in. The prisoners were kept in overcrowded rooms, in inhumane conditions, without food or water.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Čapljina

Responsibility: HVO Military Police

Court trials:

For crimes committed at the Silos camp in Čapljina, 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.
For crimes committed at this facility, the County Court in Split convicted Marinko Marić, sentencing him to four and a half years in prison, and Željko Rodin, sentenced to three years and ten months in prison.

Data source: ICTY and County Court in Split (updated 20.11.2020)

Marked and photographed: 19.11.2020


Updated: 04.07.2021

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