Papić, Dragan

Dragan Papić was member of Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in Ahmići, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Dragan Papić was accused of having 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 indictment dated of 9 February 1998, Dragan Papić was charged on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility with crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds; murder; inhumane acts; imprisonment). Dario Kordić was indicted with Mirjan Kupreškić, Zoran Kupreškić, Vlatko Kupreškić, Drago Josipović and Vladimir Šantić.

Dragan Papić gave himself up voluntarily on 6 October 1997 and was transferred to the International criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on the same day. On 8 October 1997, Dragan Papić appeared before the ICTY for the first time and pleaded not guilty to the count with which he was charged.

On 14 January 2000, the Trial Chamber found Dragan Papić not guilty and ordered his immediate release.

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