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Mrđa (IT-02-59) “Vlašić Mountain

Trial Judgment: 30 March 2004

Darko Mrđa, a member of a special Bosnian Serb police unit in Prijedor, stood trial for allegedly having planned, instigated, ordered, committed or in whose planning, preparation or execution he otherwise aided and abetted the murder of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats at the Korićani Cliffs massacre, who had been forced onto buses and told that they would be exchanged for Bosnian Serbs and transported to Travnik, then under the control of BiH, but were instead killed at Korićanske stijene. The prosecution accused him of individual criminal responsibility for violations of the laws or customs of war for murder and crimes against humanity for inhumane acts. In 2004, the Trial Chamber accepted Mrđa’s guilty plea and statement of guilt for all charges. The Trial Chamber sentenced Mrđa to 17 years’ imprisonment.