Rijeka County Court. Photo: Wikipedia/Roberta F.
Rijeka County Court on Thursday found 62-year-old Ljuban Linta guilty of committing a war crime against civilians, and sentenced him to ten years in prison for the murder of the Croatian pensioner in 1991.
Linta has both Croatian and Serbian citizenship and his last reported address was in Serbia, so he was tried and sentenced in absentia.
Another defendant, Marko Carevic, the commander of the Gornji Sjenicak Territorial Defence force of the self-declared wartime Serb Autonomous Region of Krajina, was acquitted of ordering the murder.
The murder was committed during the occupation of Kablar, a settlement that is part of the town of Karlovac, during the conflict between the Croatian Army and the Yugoslav People’s Army and Serb paramilitary units.
According to the indictment, members of a Serb paramilitary group called Gornji Sjenicak detained 83-year-old Ivan Grgic in the garden of his family home and took him to Carevic.
After questioning Grgic, Carevic told one of the unit members to kill him. But he did not want to do it, so Carevic issued the same order to Linta, prosecutors alleged.
Members of the unit then shot the elderly man dead.