Prosecutor v. Rajić

Citation: IT-95-12

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

Trial Judgment: 8 May 2006


Ivica Rajić was a commander of the HVO based in Kiseljak. He was tried for allegedly having planned, instigated, ordered, committed or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation and execution of crimes in Vareš municipality against Muslim residents in the area, including the detention of Muslim civilians, the plunder of Muslim homes by forces under Ivica Rajić’s command, and the sexual assault of Muslim women.


The prosecution charged him on the basis of individual and superior criminal responsibility, of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions for willful killing, inhuman treatment, unlawful confinement of a civilian, appropriation of property, and extensive destruction not justified by military necessity; and violation of the laws or customs of war for murder, outrages upon personal dignity, cruel treatment, plunder of public or private property, and wanton destruction of a city or devastation not justified by military necessity.


In 2006, Rajić pleaded guilty for grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions for willful killing, inhumane treatment, appropriation of property, and extensive destruction not justified by military necessity. The Trial Chamber accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Rajić to 12 years’ imprisonment.


Summary based on notes from the IJRC.