Kupreškić, Zoran

Zoran Kupreškić was a local commander of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in Ahmići, Bosnia andHerzegovina. Zoran Kupreškić 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, Zoran Kupreškić  was charged on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility with six counts of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, murder and inhuman acts), and five counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (murder and cruel treatments). Zoran Kupreškić was indicted with Mirjan Kupreškić, Vlatko Kupreškić, Dragan Papić, Drago Josipović and Vladimir Šantić.

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

On 14 January 2000, M. Kupreškić was found guilty of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds) and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. The trial chamber found Zoran Kupreškić not guilty on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility for violations of the laws or customs of war (murder, and inhuman acts). The Trial Chamber held that the evidence did not establish that Zoran Kupreškić had participated in the attack on the house of a Muslim family Ahmići.

On 23 October 2001, the Appeals Chamber found Zoran Kupreškić not guilty and vacated the sentence, immediately release.

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