Prosecutor v. Sikirica et al.

Citation: IT-95-8

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

Trial Judgment: 13 November 2001


Duško Sikirica was the Commander of Security at the Keraterm detention camp, and Damir Došen and Dragan Kolundžija were the shift leader and shift commander at the Keraterm camp, respectively. They stood trial for allegedly having instigated, committed or otherwise aided and abetted the persecutions of Bosniaks, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serbs in the Prijedor area through their direct participation in crimes and through their instigation, approval, encouragement, acquiescence, and assistance in the development and continuation of the conditions in the Keraterm camp.


Sikirica was charged on the basis of individual and superior criminal responsibility with genocide and complicity to commit genocide, crimes against humanity for persecution, murder, and inhumane acts, and violations of the laws or customs of war for outrages upon personal dignity, murder or alternatively cruel treatment. Došen and Kolundžija were charged on the basis of individual and superior criminal liability, with crimes against humanity for persecution, and inhumane acts. Došen was charged with torture and Kolundžija was charged with murder violations of the laws or customs of war for outrages upon personal dignity. Došen was charged for torture and cruel treatment and Kolundžija with murder.


In 2001, the Trial Chamber accepted the guilty pleas and statements of guilt for the three defendants, in which the three individually pled guilty on the basis of individual and superior criminal responsibility to persecution as a crime against humanity. The Trial Chamber sentenced Sikirica to 15 years’ imprisonment, Došen to five years’ imprisonment, and Kolundžija to three years’ imprisonment.


Summary based on notes from the IJRC.