Markač, Mladen

In 1990, Mladen Markač was involved in the development of a police unit for special tasks within the Ministry of the Interior. He was appointed Deputy Commander of this unit.  In February 1994, Markač was appointed Assistant Minister of the Interior, which gave him overall authority and responsibility for the operation of the Special Police.  After “Operation Storm”, a military offensive launched by Croatia in the Krajina in 1995, Markač held the rank of Colonel General.

According to the indictment, Mladen Markač participated in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) the purpose of which was the permanent removal of the Serb population from the Krajina region. He was indicted with Ante Gotovina and Ivan Čermak (Gotovina, Čermak and Markač "OPERATION STORM”). Mladen Markač has been charged with five counts of crimes against humanity (persecutions, deportation inhumane acts, murder) and four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (plunder, wanton destruction, murder, cruel treatment).

Markač was transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in March 2004. The trial began on 11 March 2008. On 5 March 2009, the Prosecution completed its case-in-chief.  The Defense case commenced on 28 May 2009 and was officially rested on 27 January 2010.

On 15 April 2011, Trial Chamber I delivered its verdict, finding Markač guilty of 8 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war, including persecution, deportation, plunder, destruction, murder, inhumane acts and cruel treatment. He was found not-guilty of the third count, that of forcible transfer as a crime against humanity.

In sentencing Markač, the Chamber stated that the large number of crimes that had been committed over an extended period of time in a large geographical area, combined with the vulnerability of the victims, should be considered as aggravating circumstances. He was given a single sentence of 18 years imprisonment, with credit to be given for the 1477 days he spent in custody.

Research/ miscellaneous (Research Document)
Page Tools
Share |