Naletilić, Mladen

Mladen NaletilicMladen Naletilić, also known as Tuta, was the founder and commander of the Bosnian Croat Convicts’ Battalion (Kažnjenička Bojna or KB), a body of soldiers based around Mostar in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The main tasks of the KB, formed in 1991, were combat missions, expulsions and attacks against Bosnian Muslim civilians in the territories under the occupation of the HV (army of the Republic of Croatia) and the HVO (Croatian Defiance Council). The KB acted as part of, or in co-ordination with these forces. In April 1993, the HVO launched a series of attacks against the Bosnian Muslim civilian population in central Bosnia. The forces of the HV and HVO, including the KB, attacked the villages of Sovici and Doljani (municipality of Jablanica) under the overall command of Mladen Naletilić, and carried out the forcible transfer of the Bosnian Muslims and destruction of their properties. In May 1993, a similar military offensive of “ethnic cleansing”, began against the Bosnian Muslims of Mostar. Naletilić was a leading perpetrator of the attacks.

Naletilić was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and superior criminal responsibility. The indictment against him, issued on 21 December 1998, listed 17 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including: torture, unlawful labour, wanton destruction, plunder, unlawful transfer of a civilian, persecution on political, racial and religious grounds. Naletilić was arrested in Croatia on 26 February 1999. On 31 March 2003, the Trial Chamber of the ICTY rendered its judgement convicting him to 20 years’ imprisonment.

On 24 April 2004 Mladen Naletilic was transferred to Italy to serve the remainder of his sentence, credit was given for time spent in detention since 18 October 1999.

On 3 May 2006, the Appeals Chamber confirmed the sentence.

On 19 March 2009 Appeals Chamber dismissed Mladen Naletilic’s request for a review of the trial.

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