Pušić, Berislav

Berislav PušicBerislav Pušić, also known as “Berto” or “Berko”, was an officer and then a commander in the HVO (Croatian Defence Council) Military Police in Mostar in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 11 May 1993, Pušić was appointed as an HVO liaison officer to UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force). On 5 July 1993 Pušić was appointed as Head of the Service for the Exchange of Prisoners and Other persons. On 6 August 1993 Pušić became president of the commission to take charge of all Herceg-Bonsa/HVO prisons and detentions facilities. In 1993, he was also a member of the HVO Commission for Exchange of Prisoners.

Berislav Pušić was indicted on 4 March 2004 with Jadranko Prlić, Slobodan Praljak, Bruno StojićMilivoj Petković, and Valentin Ćorić. All six of the accused have been charged on the basis of their individual criminal responsibility and of 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina. All six pleaded not guilty during their first appearance on 6 April 2004.

The trial against Pušić, Prlić, Stojić, Petković, Ćorić and Praljak (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.

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