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Ljubomir Borovcanin: Indictment Unsealed

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)



The Hague, 30 September 2002





On Friday 27 September 2002, Judge Schomburg ordered the unsealing of the Indictment against Ljubomir Borovcanin, which was originally confirmed on 6 September 2002.

The Accused

Ljubomir Borovcanin was born in February 1960 in Han Pijesak. During the attack on the Srebrenica enclave by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, and the subsequent killings and executions of Bosnian Muslim men and boys, Ljubomir Borovcanin served as Deputy Commander of the Bosnian Serb MUP Special Police Brigade (SPB). On 10 July 1995, he was appointed Commander of a joint force of
MUP units and was ordered to report to Radislav Krstic, then Chief of Staff of the Drina Corps of the Bosnia Serb Army (VRS).

Factual Allegations

Ljubomir Borovcanin was present in and around the areas of Bratunac, Potocari, Sandici, Kravica, Srebrenica and Zvornik from 11 July to 18 July 1995. Units under his command were deployed in and around the areas of Potocari, Sandici, Kravica and Zvornik from 12 July to 18 July 1995.

In the several days following the attack on Srebrenica, VRS and MUP forces captured, detained, summarily executed, and buried over 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys from the Srebrenica enclave, and forcibly transferred the Bosnian Muslim women and children of Srebrenica out of the enclave. The Indictment against Ljubomir Borovcanin refers to his alleged involvment in: opportunist
killings in Potocari, opportunistic killings in Bratunac, wide-scale and organised killings in Potocari and Tisca, killings and mistreatment of prisoners captured along the Bratunac/Milici road and wide-scale and organised killings in the Zvornik area, as well as other opportunistic killings.

Ljubomir Borovcanin, together with other VRS and MUP officers and units as identified in this Indictment, was a member of and knowingly participated in a Joint Criminal Enterprise, the common purpose of which was, among other things: to focibly transfer the women and children from the Srebrenica enclave to Kladanj, on 12 July and 13 July 1995; and to capture, detain, summarily
execute by firing squad, bury, and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys aged 16 to 60 from the Srebrenica enclave from 12 July 1995 until and about 19 July 1995.

The Charges

The Indictment charges Ljubomir Borovcanin on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility (Article 7(1) of the Statute) and superior criminal responsibility (Article 7(3) of the Statute) with:

One count of complicity in genocide (Article 4 of the Statute – genocide; alternatively, complicity to commit genocide)

Four counts of crimes against humanity ( Article 5 of the Statute – extermination, murder, persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, inhumane acts)

One count of violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 of the Statute – murder)

Joint Criminal Enterprise

The Joint Criminal Enterprise, in which Ljubomir Borovcanin was a member and participant, was conceived and designed by General Ratko Mladic and others on 11 and 12 July 1995, and administered and carried out by members of the VRS and MUP forces through the time period and by the means alleged in this Indictment.

Members of this Joint Criminal Enterprise also included: General Ratko Mladic, the Commander of the VRS, General Milenko Zivanovic, Commander of the Drina Corps through about 2000 hours on July 13 1995; General Radislav Krstic, Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander through about 2000 hours on 13 July 1995 and thereafter Commander of the Drina Corps; Colonel Vidoje Blagojevic, Commander
of the Bratunac Brigade; Colonel Vinko Pandurevic, Commander of the Zvornik Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Obrenovic, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Zvornik Brigade; Momir Nikolic, Assistant Commander for Security and Intelligence of the Bratunac Brigade; Dragan Jokic, Chief of Engineering of the Zvornik Brigade and various other individuals and military and police


The full text of the indictment is available upon request from the Public Information Services. It is also available on the ICTY Internet site: