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Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Damir Lipovac

Court Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Section I for War Crimes, Criminal Division, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Case number X-KR-05/104
Decision title Indictment
Decision date 22 September 2008
  • Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Damir Lipovac
Categories Torture, War crimes
Keywords Murder; torture; war crimes against civilians; cruel treatment; former Yugoslavia; pillaging; rape; sexual violence
Other countries involved
  • Croatia (Hrvatska)
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Procedural history

The indictment against Lipovac was issued on 22 September 2008, and confirmed on 29 September 2008.

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Related developments

Lipovac has been at large ever since he was indicted for war crimes, until he got arrested in the Netherlands on 8 May 2014.

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Legally relevant facts

The indictment inter alia alleged that Lipovac, during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as a member of the 103rd Brigade of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) and as commander of the camp set up in an elementary school in the settlement of Poljari (BiH), participated in murders as well as in different forms of mental and physical torture of Serb civilians. In the first half of June 1992, Lipovac allegedly entered the camp premises and hit one prisoner several times, took him out of the camp and shot him dead with an automatic weapon. During the same period he allegedly treated the detained civilians inhumanely, abused them brutally, and insulted them on the basis of ethnicity. As further alleged in the indictment, in June 1992, Lipovac entered the camp premises where civilians were detained and confiscated their belongings like money, jewellery and other items of value they possessed.

For these crimes, Lipovac was charged with the war crimes against civilians of murder, torture, inhumane treatment and property confiscation.

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Specific legal rules and provisions

Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003:

  • Article 173(1)(c), (e) and (f) – War Crimes against Civilians

  • Article 180(1) - Individual Criminal Responsibility
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Instruments cited

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Additional materials

Indictment confirmed in the Damir Lipovac case ’, Court of Bosnia &Herzegovina, 30 September 2008.

Damir Lipovac Arrested in the Netherlands’, Justice Report, 9 May 2014.