Praljak, Slobodan

Slobodan PrajlakSlobodan Prajlak, also known as “Brada”, joined the Army of the Republic of Croatia in 1991 where he held the rank of major general. In 1992, he became Assistant Minister of Defence for the Republic of Croatia. From March 1992 to July 1993, he served simultaneously as a senior Croatian Army officer, Assistant Minister of Defence and senior representative of the Croatian Ministry of Defence to the Herceg-Bosna/HVO (Croatian Defence Council) government and armed forces. He was also appointed as one of the members of the Republic of Croatia’s Council of National Defence and in 1993 of the Croatia’s state commission for relations with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

Slobodan Prajlak was indicted on 4 March 2004 with Jadranko Prlić, Bruno Stojić, Milivoj Petković, Valentin Ćorić and Berislav Pušić. All six of the accused have been charged on the basis of their individual criminal responsibility and on their superior criminal responsibility with nine counts of crimes against humanity, eight counts of violations of the laws or customs of war and eight counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. The alleged crimes took place in areas in south-eastern Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All six pleaded not guilty during their first appearance on 6 April 2004.

The trial against Praljak, Prlić, Stojić, Petković, Ćorić and Pušić (Prlić et al.) began on 26 April 2006.

The Prosecution completed its case on 24 January 2008. The Defense case commenced on 5 May 2008 and officially closed on 17 May 2008.

The closing arguments took place between 7 February and 2 March 2011.

On 21 April 2011 Trial Chamber III rejected Slobodan Prajlak’s motion for provisional release.


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