Mejakić, eljko

Zeljko MejakicŽeljko Mejakić was the Chief of Security and de facto Commander of the Omarska detention camp, which was established by Serbian forces near Prijedor in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Mejakić was in charge of the camp between May and August 1992. Following the forcible take-over of Prijedor by Bosnian Serb police and army forces in April 1992, the Crisis Staff imposed severe restrictions on non-Serbs, primarily Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats. The Bosnian Serb authorities in the Prijedor municipality unlawfully confined more than 7,000 non-Serbs from the Prijedor area in the Omarska, Trnopolje and Keraterm camps between May and August 1992. The detainees were subjected to cruel treatment, severe beatings, sexual assaults and other forms of physical and psychological abuse, many of them were killed.

The initial indictment against Željko Mejakić was issued on 13 February 1995 and included 13 other co-accused. They were charged with crimes that took place in the Omarska and Keraterm camps in June and July 1992. On 17 September 2002, the indictments against Željko Mejakić, Momčilo Gruban, Duško Knežević and Dušan Fuštar were joined. Mejakić was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and superior criminal responsibility with crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was transferred from Serbia and Montenegro to The Hague on 4 July 2003. On 20 July 2005, the Referral Bench of the ICTY referred the case to the authorities of BiH and the decision was confirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 7 April 2006. On 28 July 2006, Željko Mejakić and his co-defendants appeared before Bosnia’s War Crimes Chamber and pleaded not guilty. The trial began on 20 December 2006.

Mejakić et al. case before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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