Kupreškić, Vlatko

Between 1992 and 1993, Vlatko Kupreškić was an innspector of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO). Vlatko 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. Kupreškić’s house was used as a deployment area.

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

On 18 December 1997, Vlatko Kupreškić was arrested by SFOR and on the same day was transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). When Vlatko Kupreškić appeared before the Tribunal for the first time he pleaded not guilty to all counts with which he was charged.

On 14 January 2000, Vlatko Kupreškić was found guilty of crimes against humanity (Persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds) and sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment. The Trial Chamber also found Vlatko Kupreškić not guilty of violations of the laws or customs of war (murder and cruel treatments and crimes against humanity, murder and inhuman acts).

On 23 October 2001, the Appeals Chamber ordered his immediate release after pronouncing Vlatko Kupreškić not guilty and vacating the sentence.

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