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5 October 2009

Zulj: Indictment Confirmed

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirms the indictment charging Stipe Zulj with crimes committed in the Kupres area.
Under the confirmed indictment, Stipe Zulj, a former member of the Special Unit with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the former Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosne, is charged with killing a Serb prisoner of war in 1994.

The indictment alleges that he killed one soldier, "who had previously surrendered", by firing a bullet into his head during the course of the attack conducted by the Croatian Defence Council on Kupres on November 3.

"He then took 50 German marks from his pocket and left the place," the confirmed indictment alleges.

Stipe Zulj was arrested on September 8 this year. Prior to his arrest he was a serving policeman in Kupres. The Court ordered him into custody on September 10.

The Prosecution filed a motion with the Court, calling on it to refer the case to "a local court competent for the region in which the crime was committed" for the sake of "efficiency" and the fact that this was not a very complex case.

"The crime is an isolated act of violence. It did not happen as a result of a planned action by the perpetrator," the Prosecution's motion states.

The Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna was established as a political and territorial organization of the Croat people in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1991. It was proclaimed a republic in 1993. It was abolished in February 1994.
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