Prosecutor v. Bralo

Citation: IT-95-17

Link to the full case: http://www.icty.org/case/bralo/4

Trial Judgment: 7 December 2005

Appeal Judgment: 2 April 2007


Miroslav Bralo was a member of the Jokers in the Lašva Valley region of BiH. He was tried for having committed and aided and abetted attacks on Muslim civilians and property during the Ahmići massacre, including the persecutions of Muslim civilians, the destruction of a mosque, the burning of Muslim residences, the forcible transfer of Muslim residents, and the torture, rape, and unlawful confinement of Muslim women. He was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility of persecutions as a crime against humanity; violations of the laws or customs of war for murder, torture, and outrages upon personal dignity including rape; and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions for torture, inhuman treatment, and unlawful confinement.


Bralo pleaded guilty before the Trial Chamber in 2005 for all charges in the indictment. The Trial Chamber found that though he was guilty of heinous crimes, his guilty plea served as a mitigating factor as he had come forth with it without any assurance from the prosecution on the sentencing. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, and the Appeals Chamber upheld the decision.

Summary based on notes from the IJRC