Serbian commander indicted for war crimes in Croatia

Former Yugoslav army commander, Vladimir Kovacevic, was indicted by the Belgrade War Crimes Prosector's Office on Monday.

Serbian commander indicted for war crimes in Croatia
Former Yugoslav army commander, Vladimir Kovacevic, was indicted by the Belgrade War Crimes Prosector's Office on Monday for having ordered and supervised the 1991 bombardment of the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik.

Kovacevic faces allegations of murder, attacks on civilians and devastation not justified by military necessity.

The indictment accuses Kovacevic, known as "Rambo," of the destruction of six internationally protected historical and architectural monuments and damages to some 50 additional buildings in central Dubrovnik, which has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The 46-year-old retired commander of the 3rd battalion of the JNA motor brigade turned himself into the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in late 2003.

In April 2006, however, the ICTY ruled that Kovacevic was unfit to stand trial due to mental disorders. His case was transferred from the ITCY to the Serbian courts in November of the same year.

Numerous civilians died and nearly two-thirds of the city's centre was damaged in the 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik.

DPA
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