Public Security Station, Brčko

Location: Brčko District

Importance of the locality:

From 3 May 1992 to January 1993, the Public Security Station (SJB) in Brčko was used as a detention facility for Bosniak and Croat prisoners of war and civilians and was run by Serb paramilitary units and VRS. The Public Security Station was used as a transit centre, where captured and detained persons were held at the SJB offices in harsh and inhumane conditions. The abuse of prisoners mainly took place in notorious cell no. 13, where they were subjected to interrogations regularly accompanied by beatings and abuse. The prisoners were also subjected to forced labour and forcible displacement, and five people were killed. Most of the prisoners were transferred to the Luka detention facility in Brčko and the Batković detention facility near Bijeljina.

Entity: Brčko district

Ethnic group: Bosniaks, Croats

Area that victims came from: Brčko and the surrounding area

Responsibility: VRS, SJB Brčko and paramilitary units

Court trials:

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Momčilo Krajišnik, the wartime speaker of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, for war crimes committed in Brčko, under the doctrine of command responsibility, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Biljana Plavšić, wartime member of the Presidency of Republika Srpska, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Radovan Karadžić, as the president of Republika Srpska and commander in chief of its armed forces, was sentenced to life imprisonment. On 5 July 2001, Goran Jelisić was convicted by the ICTY for crimes committed in the territory of Brčko and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Pero Rikanović was convicted before the Appellate Court of the Brčko District of BiH for war crimes against prisoners of war and against the civilian population and sentenced to five and a half years in prison. Monika Karan-Ilić was convicted by the Appellate Court of the Brčko District of BiH on account of her participation in the torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners at SJB Brčko, and she was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Data source: ICTY, Appellate Court of the Brčko District (updated 15.02.2022)

Marked and photographed: 23.02.2022


Updated: 15.04.2022

Army of Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina - ARBiH
Security services command centre - CSB
Herzeg Bosnia - HB
Croat Defense Forces - HOS
Army of Croatia - HV
Croat Defense Council - HVO
Yugoslav National Army - JNA
International Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia - ICTY
Ministry of Interior - MUP
People's Defense of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia - NO APZB
Police station - SJB
Serb Army of Krajina - SVK
Territorial defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina - TO BiH
Army of Republic of Srpska - VRS
Army of Yugoslavia - VJ