Croatia opens probe into 1995 killing of 5 Serbs

Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 00:18

Zagreb (Croatia): Croatia on Thursday said it is
investigating the execution-style killing of five Serb
civilians in their village in 1995 as Croat forces drove Serbs
out of the country.

Three men and two women were killed in their homes in
Grubori, southwest of Zagreb, in August 1995 during Croatia`s
"Storm" offensive against Serb forces in the country`s
breakaway Krajina region.
The investigation forms part of an indictment against
three Croatian generals who are being tried at a United
Nations war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Police officer Krunoslav Borovec said 17 people have been
questioned - some as suspects, others as witnesses - including
five active Croatian police members.

Croatian authorities long had downplayed the Grubori
killings as isolated acts of vengeance that could not be
prevented as its troops fought for independence from Serb-led
Yugoslavia.
Among the five dead, Croatian prosecutors say, were
45-year-old Djuro Karanovic, who was beaten up and shot to
death, and 90-year-old Marija Grubor, who was burned to death.
Grubori, a village of about 20 houses, also was burned down.

Croatia has belatedly begun to pursue its alleged war
criminals from the 1990s disintegration of Yugoslavia as part
of its effort to win admission to the 27-nation European
Union.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 00:18

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