Santić, Vladimir

Vladimir Šantić was a chief of military police of Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in Ahmići, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was also the commander of the paramilitary group of the "Jokers". Vladimir Šantić is reported to have persecuted the Muslim inhabitants of Ahmići and its surroundings on political, racial or religious grounds by planning, organising and carrying out an attack aimed at evacuating or “cleansing” the village and the surrounding region of all of the Bosnian Muslims. One hundred people were killed including women and children, 169 houses were destroyed as well as two mosques.

According to the Amended Indictment of 9 February 1998, Vladimir Šantić was charged on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility with three counts of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds), and two counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (murder and cruel treatments). M. Šantić was indicted with Mirjan Kupreškić, Zoran Kupreškić, Vlatko Kupreškić, Dragan Papić and Drago Josipović.

Vladimir Šantić surrendered on 6 October 1997 and on the same day was transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). When Vladimir Šantić appeared before the Tribunal for the first time he pleaded not guilty to all counts with which he was charged.

On 14 January 2000, Vladimir Šantić was found guilty for three counts of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds) and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. The Trial Chamber found Vladimir Šantić not guilty on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility for violations of the laws or customs of war.

The 23 October 2001, the Appeals Chamber reduced the sentence from 25 to 18 years’ imprisonment. After being transferred to Villahierro, Spain, to serve his sentence, the President of ICTY ordered Vladimir Šantić’s release, on 9 February 2009.


 

 

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