Bralo, Miroslav

Miroslav Bralo was a member of the “Jokers” anti-terrorist platoon in the 4th Military Police Battalion of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO). The group operated primarily in the Lašva Valley region in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. In April 1993, Bralo participated in an attack on the village of Ahmići, setting fire to numerous homes belonging to Muslim inhabitants of the village, destroying a mosque by detonating explosives and killing an unidentified adult male as well as a young Bosnian Muslim woman.

On 19 July 2005, Bralo pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against humanity (persecution), three counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (murder, torture and rape) and four counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (torture or inhuman treatment and unlawful confinement). On 7 December 2005, Miroslav Bralo was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment by the Trial Chamber. The sentence was affirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 2 April 2007.

On 1 November 2007 Miroslav Bralo was transferred to Sweden to serve the remainder of his sentence, credit was given for time spent in detention since 12 November 2004.

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