Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 9 June 2006

Dario Kordic and Zoran Zigic Transferred to Austria to Serve their Prison Sentences

Dario Kordic and Zoran Zigic were transferred on 8 June 2006 to Austria to serve their 25 year prison terms handed down by the Tribunal.

Dario Kordic

Dario Kordic (46), one of the leading political figures in the Bosnian Croat community during the war, was sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for instigating and ordering crimes against Bosnian Muslim civilians committed in the municipalities of Travnik, Vitez, Busovaca, and Kiseljak in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dario Kordic committed various crimes including persecutions, unlawful attacks on civilians and civilian objects, murder, inhumane acts, imprisonment, wanton destruction not justified by military necessity, plunder, as well as the destruction or wilful damage to institutions dedicated to religion or education. Dario Kordic also played an instrumental part in ordering the attack on the village of Ahmici in April 1993. During this attack more than 100 Bosnian Muslim civilians were massacred.

Procedural Background

Initial indictment issued on: 10 November 1995

Amended indictment issued on: 30 September 1998

Transferred to the Tribunal: 6 October 1997

Trial: 12 April 1999 – 15 December 2000, 239 trial days

Trial Chamber Judgement: 26 February 2001, sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment

Appeals Chamber judgement: 17 December 2004, sentence affirmed

Zoran Zigic

Zoran Zigic (48), a former civilian taxi-driver mobilized to serve as a reserve police officer in the Prijedor municipality in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina, was sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for crimes committed against non-Serbs in Prijedor. Specifically, Zoran Zigic was convicted of persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds and torture and cruel treatment against non-Serb detainees in the Keraterm, Omarska and Trnopolje camps. These camps were set up shortly after the Serb takeover of Prijedor on 30 April 1992, and their main purpose was to hold individuals who were suspected of sympathizing with the opposition to the takeover. Zoran Zigic entered the camps for the purpose of abusing, beating, torturing and killing prisoners.

Procedural Background

Indictment issued on: 9 November 1998

Transferred to the Tribunal: 16 April 1998

Trial: 28 February 2000 - 19 July 2001, 113 trial days

Trial Chamber Judgement: 2 November 2001, sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment

Appeals Chamber judgement: 28 February 2005, sentence affirmed

Other transfers

Nineteen other accused are serving their sentences: Dusko Sikirica and Mitar Vasiljevic in Austria; Dusko Tadic and Dragoljub Kunarac in Germany; Vladimir Santic and Darko Mrda in Spain; Zoran Vukovic, Radomir Kovac and Dragan Obrenovic in Norway; Goran Jelisic and Milorad Krnojelac in Italy; Biljana Plavsic and Miroslav Deronjic in Sweden; Hazim Delic and Esad Landzo in Finland; Ranko Česic in Denmark; Predrag Banovic and Mlado Radic in France; and Radislav Krstic in the United Kingdom.