Mrkšić, Mile

Mile MrkšicIn 1991, Mile Mrkšić was a colonel in the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and commander of the 1st Guards Motorised Brigade and Operational Group South. As a commander of the brigade, Mile Mrkšić was accused of directing or controlling the attack on Vukovar, which took place from the end of August until 18 November 1991. During the siege and the occupation of Vukovar, hundreds of civilians were reported as having been killed by the Serbian forces and the vast majority of non-Serbs still remaining were forced to leave.

On 7 November 1995, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicted Mile Mrkšić with 8 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including persecutions on political, racial, and religious grounds, extermination, murder, torture, inhuman acts and cruel treatment. He was indicted along with Miroslav Radić and Veselin Šljivančanin (Case IT-95-13/1 "Vukovar Hospital"). Mrkšić pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

On 27 September 2007 the Trial Chamber found Mile Mrkšić guilty of aiding and abetting the murder, torture and cruel treatment of 194 non-Serb prisoners of war taken from Vukovar Hospital following the fall of the city in November 1991 and subsequently executed at the Ovčara farm. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

On 5 May 2009 the Appeals Chamber rendered its appeals judgement in the case of Mrkšić and Šljivančanin, dismissing all Mrkšić's grounds of appeal, and confirming his sentence of 20 years.

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