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New Indictees: Who's Who?

Military and civilian responsibilities of latest Hague indictees, according to the prosecution's indictment.
By Rachel S.

Jadranko Prlic:


Jadranko Prlic, 44, was prime minister of the Croatian Defence Council, HVO, the wartime authority in the self-declared Bosnian Croat statelet of Herceg-Bosna. He is said to have had power, control and influence over the entity's government and military. He is also alleged to have had the power to appoint and dismiss other authority figures in Herceg-Bosna and HVO organs, as well as to close local prisons and detention camps.


Bruno Stojic:


Bruno Stojic, 49, was the HVO minister of defense. He is said to have been in charge of the Herceg-Bosna armed forces and to have had power, control and influence over all aspects of these forces' operations. His position also allegedly gave him the authority to appoint and dismiss HVO military commanders up to the level of brigade commander; to issue organisational, strategic and combat orders; and to exercise control over HVO prison and detention facilities.


Slobodan Praljak:


Slobodan Praljak, 59, was a major general in Croatia's army, the country's assistant minister of defense and its representative to the Herceg-Bosna government and armed forces. He is said to have commanded and controlled the HVO armed forces, to have had command authority over the Herceg-Bosna civilian police at times and to have been involved in military planning and operations.


Milivoj Petkovic:


Milivoj Petkovic, 54, was overall commander of the Herceg-Bosna armed forces, and is said to have been responsible for planning, training, discipline and operations. He is also alleged to have had command authority over the entity's civilian police at times and involvement in military planning and operations.


Valentin Coric:


Valentin Coric, 47, was the chief of the HVO's military police, who played important roles in administering Herceg-Bosna prisons and detention facilities as well as in combat and ethnic cleansing operations. The prosecution claims that the military police were responsible for investigating alleged crimes by HVO forces.


Berislav Pusic:


Berislav Pusic, 51, held a command position in the HVO military police. He is said to have had an instrumental role in the Herceg-Bosna system of detaining, releasing, exchanging and deporting Bosnian Muslims.


Rachel S. Taylor is an IWPR editor in The Hague.


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