Ex-Serbian commander Djukic arrested in Montenegro

Ex-Serbian commander of former state of Yugoslavia, Borislav Djukic, arrested in Montenegro for war crimes

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former Yugoslavian commander Serbian Borislav Djukic, 66, was arrested on July 18 on an international warrant issued by Croatia in the airport town of Tivat, Montenegro, for alleged war crimes as he was boarding a plane for Belgrade, Serbian media has reported.

General Djukic served as commander of the 21st brigade of the former Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) 9th Knin corps and is accused of committing crimes against civilians and destroying the Peruca dam with about 30 tonnes of explosives during the period from August 1991 until the end of the war in Croatia in 1993.

If Borislav Djukic is extradited to Croatia, he would become the 50th commander that has been  arrested in such a manner.

Ratko Mladic, an ex-commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, Mile Novakovic, a former army commander of the Krajina region, and Milan Korica, an ex-police commander of Krajina, are among other former commanders also indicted for crime against humanity.

Ilija Jurisic, an ethnic Croat Bosnian officer, was also convicted by a Serbian court of improper battlefield conduct and sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack on a JNA convoy in Tuzla in May 1992, which killed 92 soldiers and wounded 33 others.

Djukic was also a witness during the war crimes trials of former Yugoslav and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and former Croatian Serb leader Milan Martic in The Hague, where he testified in their defence.

Djukic is on a Croatian State Prosecutor's Office list for endangering the lives of more than 50,000 residents of Sinj, Trilj and Omis cities in Croatia.

35 women and 12 children is killed among 348 people at the operation besides civilians and soldiers.

President of the Coalition of Refugee Associations in the Republic of Serbia, Miodrag Linta, said that General Borislav Djukic should be transferred to Serbia.

"Linta believes that Serbia must do all it can to have Djukic, its citizen, tried by the war crimes department of the Higher Court in Belgrade," Belgrade based news agency B92 reported.

TRTWorld and agencies