As the Assistant Commander for Intelligence and Security of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Main Staff in 1995, Zdravko Tolimir reported directly to General Ratko Mladić.
Zdravko Tolimir is charged with “intent to destroy a part of the Bosnian Muslim people” for his role in the killing of the populations of Srebrenica and Žepa in 1995. In addition to genocide, Tolimir is alleged to have committed the crime of extermination through the large scale systematic murder of Muslim men from Srebrenica which began on 13 July 1995. According to the indictment of 28 August 2006, Tolimir is accused of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war for his role in the killing of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men at the Kravica warehouse in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) from July to November 1995.
On 31 May 2007, Zdravko Tolimir was arrested in the border region between the Republika Srpska (in BiH) and Serbia. After the accused failed to enter a plea, on 3 July 2007 the Court entered a not guilty plea on Tolimir’s behalf. On 20 July 2007, the Trial Chamber denied the Prosecution’s request to join the case to Popović et al. and ordered that Zdravko Tolimir be tried separately.
The trial of Zdravko Tolimir began on 26 February 2010.