Kupreškić, Mirjan

Mirjan Kupreškić was a member of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in Ahmići, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mirjan Kupreškić 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, Mirjan Kupreškić was charged on the grounds of his individual criminal responsibility with six counts for crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds; murder; inhumane acts; imprisonment) and five counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (murder and cruel treatments). Mirjan Kupreškić was indicted with Zoran Kupreškić, Vlatko Kupreškić, Dario Kordić, Drago Josipović and Vladimir Šantić.

Mirjan Kupreškić 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, Mirjan Kupreškić appeared before the ICTY for the first time and pleaded not guilty to the eleven counts with which he was charged.

On 28 January 2000, Mirjan Kupreškić was found guilty of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds) and was sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment. The Trial Chamber found Mirjan Kupreškić not guilty for violations of the laws or customs of war and murder, inhumane acts as crimes against humanity.

On 23 October 2001, the Appeals Chamber acquitted Mirjan Kupreškić on all counts and ordered his immediate release.

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