Milan Marinkovic was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison for war crimes committed against two Croatian policemen in Borovo Selo near Vukovar on May 2, 1991.
Milan Marinkovic, member of a Serbian paramilitary group during the Croatian war for independence from 1991-1995, was sentenced today at a county court in Osijek for war crimes committed against two Croatian policemen in Borovo Selo near Vukovar on May 2, 1991.
He was released from custody by the court today. He had been behind bars since November 11, 2010, and will be free until an appeals decision is made.
The court confirmed that Marinkovic had belonged to a Serbian paramilitary group and that he had participated in the beating and torture of two wounded captured policemen, Zvonimir Mekovic and Dalibor Krizanovic. Marinkovic denied the charges.
Marinkovic was among five indictees, four of whom are at large and outside Croatian jurisdiction. The four other indictees are Jovan Jakovljevic, Dragan Rakanovic, Milenko Mihajlovic and Jovica Vucenovic.
A day after the two wounded policemen were captured on May 2, 1991, a police unit heading to Borovo Selo in order to rescue them came under attack. Twelve policemen died.
The event is considered by many as the beginning of the war in Croatia.
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