Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Anniversary of crime against Serbs in Paulin Dvor

BELGRADE - Today marks 21 years since the atrocious war crime against Serb civilians in the village of Paulin Dvor near Osijek, eastern Croatia. On December 11 and 12, 1991, members of the Croatian Army killed 19 civilians, 18 of whom were Serbs and one Hungarian. 

The age of the victims varied from 41 to 85, including eight women. Previously, the victims were held in custody on a private property in Paulin Dvor. Their bodies were first buried in the area of the Lug military warehouse, near Cepin, and then relocated to the village of Rizvanusa, in the Lika area, some 500 kilometers from Paulin Dvor, in 1997, during the peaceful reintegration of Eastern Slavonia into Croatia's constitutional and legal. The remains of Serbs were exhumed on May 13, 2002 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) investigators. 

 The Croatian Supreme Court sentenced Nikola Ivankovic, member of the Croatian Army's 130th Brigade, to 15 years in prison in 2005. The Osijek District Court delivered a first-instance sentence to Enes Viteskovic, former members of the Croatian Army, of 11 years in prison in May 2012. Certain Croatian media reported in the previous years that there are elements which indicate the involvement of the then Croatian state leadership in the massacre, and the involvement of intelligence services and military police in the relocation of bodies six years later. 

 Before the war in Croatia, the village had 168 inhabitants, 147 of whom were Serbs, and the locals were know for their great loyalty to the authorities in Zagreb. Today, Paulin Dvor houses only around 50 pepole.

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