Kuburić and Banjac (Bora Kuburić and Radmila Banjac)

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Year of the incident: 
1992
Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kuburić, Bora
Role: 
Member of the Women’s Front of the Petrovac Brigade, Army of RS
Convicted of: 
War crimes against prisoners of war in the form of inhumane treatment and inflicting severe suffering and injuries to bodily integrity
Factual basis: 
In mid-July 1992, after the members of the Army of RS captured a Croat nurse who was a member of the Army of RBiH and handed her over to the members of the “Women’s Front – Petrovac”, including the commander of this unit and Bora Kuburić and Radmila Banjac. The Commander ordered the injured party to take off her clothes in front of a number of local inhabitants, and then to crawl naked on the ground. At one point, Bora Kuburić and Radmila Banjac approached her and hit her with hazel sticks until they broke, continuing to torture and degrade the victim. Bora Kuburić then took a knife and cut the bottom part of the victim’s ear which caused additional bleeding and more pain. Later on the injured party was killed by an underage Serb civilian who shot her in the chest and abdomen.

First Instance Verdict

Date: 
26/02/2015
Court: 
Bihac Cantonal Court
Note: 
Sentenced to four years of imprisonment

Second Instance Verdict

Date: 
06/10/2016
Court: 
FBiH Supreme Court
Note: 
Sentence reduced to three years of imprisonment
Banjac, Radmila
Role: 
Member of the Women’s Front of the Petrovac Brigade, Army of RS
Convicted of: 
War crimes against prisoners of war in the form of inhumane treatment and inflicting severe suffering and injuries to bodily integrity
Factual basis: 
In mid-July 1992, after the members of the Army of RS captured a nurse of Croatian ethnic origin who was a member of the Army of RBiH and handed her over to the members of the “Women’s Front – Petrovac”, including the commander of this unit and Bora Kuburić and Radmila Banjac. The Commander ordered the injured party to take off her clothes in front of a number of local inhabitants, and then to crawl naked on the ground. At one point, Bora Kuburić and Radmila Banjac approached her and hit her with hazel sticks until they broke, continuing to torture and degrade the victim. Then Radmila Banjac cut off hair with a knife and carved a cross across her back, which induced profuse bleeding. Later on the injured party was killed by an underage Serb civilian who shot her in the chest and abdomen.

First Instance Verdict

Date: 
26/02/2015
Court: 
Bihac Cantonal Court
Note: 
Sentenced to four years of imprisonment

Second Instance Verdict

Date: 
06/10/2016
Court: 
FBiH Supreme Court
Note: 
Sentence reduced to three years of imprisonment