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Gojko Jankovic Transferred to ICTY Detention Unit

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The Hague, 14 March 2005

Gojko Jankovic Transferred to ICTY Detention Unit


Today, Monday 14 March, 2005, Gojko Jankovi} arrived at the Detention Unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Gojko Janković was originally indicted in June 1996 with Dragan Zelenovi}, Radovan Stanković, Dragoljub Kunarac, Radomir Kovač, Zoran Vuković, Dragan Gagović and Janko Janjić (see Kunaracet al. and Stankovićcase information sheets).Dragan Gagović and Janko Janjić are deceased.

On 20 April 2001, the Prosecutor filed an amended indictment against Gojko Jankovi} and Dragan Zelenovi}. Dragan Zelenovi} remains at large.

Factual allegations

The amended indictment alleges that Gojko Jankovi}, born on 31 October 1954 in the village of Trbu{će in the municipality of Fo~a in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, was a sub-commander of the military police and one of the main paramilitary leaders in Fo~a.Gojko Jankovi} was involved in the military attack on Fo~a town and various surrounding villages and the arrest of civilians in leading positions.

The indictment further alleges that, following the take over of Fo~a in April 1992 by Serb forces, military police, accompanied by local and non-local soldiers, started arresting Muslim and Croat inhabitants. During the arrests many civilians were killed, beaten or subjected to sexual assault. Muslim women, children and the elderly were detained in houses, apartments and motels in the town of Fo~a and in surrounding villages, or at short and long-term detention centres such as Buk Bijela, Fo~a High School and Partizan Sports Hall. Many of the detained women were subjected to humiliating and degrading conditions of life, to brutal beatings and to sexual assaults, including rapes. Besides the above-mentioned places of detention, several woman were detained in houses and apartments used as brothels, operated by groups of soldiers, mostly paramilitary.

Gojko Jankovi} is also charged with the subsequent detention of women, formally detained at Karaman’s House, in other houses and with subjecting them to sexual assaults.


The indictment charges the accused on the basis of the following:
Individual criminal responsibility (Article 7(1) of the Statute of the Tribunal) and superior criminal responsibility (Article 7(3)) with:

  • Seven counts of crimes against humanity (Article 5 – torture; rape).
  • Seven counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 – torture; rape), and

Related case

Dragoljub Kunarac, Radomir Kova~ and Zoran Vukovi}, were tried in a joint trial which commenced on 20 March 2000. On 22 February 2001, the Trial Chamber rendered its Judgement, convicting Dragoljub Kunarac to 28 years’ imprisonment for torture, rape and enslavement (crimes against humanity), Radomir Kova~ to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape and outrages upon personal dignity (violations of the laws or customs or war) and enslavement and rape (crimes against humanity) and Zoran Vukovi} to 12 years’ imprisonment for torture and rape (violations of the laws or customs of law) and enslavement and rape (crimes against humanity). The Appeals Chamber affirmed these sentences on 12 June 2002.

Further information

On November 29 2004, the Prosecutor filed an 11bis motion requesting that a Trial Chamber be appointed to review the Prosecution’s request to refer the case to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A date for the initial appearance will be announced in due course.

The full text of the indictment is available on the Tribunal’s website www.un.org/icty. Hard copies can also be obtained from the Press Office.

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