Trebinje Police File War Crimes Charges against Gotovina

Police have accused a retired Croatian general of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, media reported this week. A police spokeswoman in the southern town of Trebinje said that police filed charges with national war crimes prosecutors against a person with the initials A.G. on suspicion of “committing war crimes against civilians and humanity,” but the media identified the man as Ante Gotovina, a wartime general in Croatia’s army, acquitted in 2012 on appeal by a UN court that had initially convicted him of war crimes against Serbs in Croatia during the 1991-95 war there.

Trebinje police said the alleged crimes were committed in 1992 in the western Bosnian town of Livno. The town’s Serbs fled the advancing Croatian army during the war and some now live in Trebinje, which is in the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia.

The Hague court for war crimes committed in former Yugoslavia had initially sentenced Gotovina to 24 years in prison over Operation Storm, an August 1995 military campaign against a self-proclaimed Serb statelet in Croatia that he commanded. Some 100,000 Serbs fled Croatia during the operation. Around 600 were killed.

A feature film on Gotovina’s life is currently being shot in Croatia by director Antun Vrdoljak. The first combat scenes of the major production were shot near Livno in Bosnia. Gotovina is played by Goran Višnjić.

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