From 27 March 1993, Drago Nikolić was Chief of Security for the Zvornik Brigade of the Drina Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) under the command of Vinko Pandurević. Nikolić was responsible for, inter alia, managing the Zvornik Brigade Military Police Company and dealing with captured Bosnian Muslim prisoners from Srebrenica from 11 July 1995 until November 1995.
The indictment against Drago Nikolić alleges that the accused was involved in opportunistic killings in Potočari and in Bratunac, wide-scale and organised killings in Potočari and the killing and mistreatment of prisoners in the Zvornik area in eastern Bosnia. Nikolić was allegedly a member of a Joint Criminal Enterprise, the common purpose of which was to forcibly transfer the women and children from the Srebrenica enclave to Kladanj in July 1995, and to capture, execute, and bury thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys.
Drago Nikolić surrendered on 15 March 2005 and was transferred to the ICTY two days later. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Nikolić has been indicted with six other accused: Vujadin Popović, Vinko Pandurević, Ljubiša Beara, Ljubomir Borovčanin, Radivoje Miletić and Milan Gvero (“Popović et al.”).
The trial commenced on 14 July 2006.
The Prosecution case closed on 7 February 2008. The Defence case commenced on 2 June 2008 and closed on 12 March 2009.
The parties presented their closing arguments between 2 and 15 September 2009.