Orić, Naser

Naser OricNaser Orić was the senior commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in municipalities in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Srebrenica, from 1992 until the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in 1995. By virtue of his position and authority Orić, exercised both de jure and de facto command over his subordinates in all military matters. Between 24 September 1992 and 20 March 1993, members of the military police under his command detained several Serb individuals in Srebrenica. The detainees were subjected to physical abuse, serious suffering and injury that in some cases resulted in death. Orić knew or had reason to know about these acts of mistreatment but failed to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent them or to punish the perpetrators.

The initial indictment against Naser Orić was confirmed on 28 March 2003 and later amended. Orić was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and superior criminal responsibility with violations of the laws or customs of war including wanton destruction of towns or villages, not justified by military necessity, murder and cruel treatment. On 30 May 2006, the Trial Chamber found Naser Orić guilty of failure to discharge his duty as a superior to prevent the murder and cruel treatment of Serb prisoners in Srebrenica. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. Both the defence and the Prosecution filed a notice of appeal.

On 3 July 2008, the Appeals Chamber acquitted Orić of all crimes committed against the Serb detainees pointing to a lack of evidence.

Pros. v. N. Orić: Amended Indictment, 23-7-2003Pros. v. N. Orić: Initial Indicment, 28-3-2003Pros. v. N. Orić: Judgement, 30-6-2006Pros. v. N. Orić: Second Amended Indictment, 4-10-2004Pros. v. N. Orić: Third Amended Indictment, 30-6-2005
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