Kordić, Dario

Dario Kordić was one of the leading political figures in the Bosnian Croat community. From 1991 until 1995, he was President of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 1992 until 1995, Vice-President and a member of the Presidency of the Croatian Community of Herceg-Bosna and later the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna.

Dario Kordić held a decisive sway over the objectives and the political and military operations of these structures, playing a key role in the planning, organisation, promotion and implementation of a politico-military campaign of persecution and “ethnic cleansing” against the Bosnian Muslims, especially in the Lašva valley (attack and massacres in Ahmići and in the municipality of Busovača from 1992 until 1993).

Dario Kordić was indicted on 30 September 1998 with Mario Čerkez. Dario Kordić surrendered on 6 October 1997 and on the same day was transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). On 8 October 1997 Mario Kordić appeared before the Tribunal for the first time and pleaded not guilty to the 22 counts with which he was charged.

On 26 February, the Trial Chamber found Dario Kordić guilty on the basis of individual criminal responsibility for  grave breaches of the Geneva conventions (Willful killing; inhuman treatment; unlawful confinement of civilians),violations of the laws or customs of war (Unlawful attack on civilians; unlawful attack on civilian objects; wanton destruction not justified by military necessity; plunder of public or private property; destruction or willful damage to institutions dedicated to religion or education), crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds; murder; inhumane acts; imprisonment). Dario Kordić was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment.

On 17 December 2004, the Appeals Chamber reaffirmed the sentence of 25 years’ imprisonment for Dario Kordić . In June 2006, he was transferred to Austria to serve his sentence there.

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