Amnesty International says Medak Pocket war crimes must be investigated

Amnesty International says the responsibility of senior Croatian military officials for war crime against Serb civilians in Medak Pocket should be investigated.

The arrest of five people suspected of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war in Medak Pocket, eastern Croatia, in 1993 is a step in the right direction in investigating all war crimes, the AI said, but added that it is necessary to investigate the command responsibility of Croatian senior military officials during the operation.

“While these arrests represent an important step providing justice for victims of the 1991-1995 war, none of those arrested on 1 March, 2012 were senior military officials,” said Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Program Director.

“There is enough information in the public sphere to open an investigation now,” she said.

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