location: The town of Sisak is situated at the meeting of the Kupa river with the Sava and of the Odra river meeting the Kupa. In the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ), Sisak saw great industrialisation and population growth and it became one of the strongest industrial centers in the former state. Today, with the closing down of the largest industrial plants and a huge percentage of unemployed, it represents one of the most obvious examples of collapse of industrial production in Croatia. According to the 1991 census, Sisak had 45.792 inhabitants of which 10.829 or 23,64 percent Serbs. According to the 2011 census population of Sisak is 69.281 of which only 5897 or 7,46 percent are Serbs. Although the administrative area of Sisak town no longer covers the same area that it did in 1991 and is therefore difficult to do a precise comparative analysis, it is completely clear that there was a drastic decrease of number of Serbs in this area.

time: 1991 — 1995

description of crime: In the fall of 1991 Sisak was practically on the first frontline. Many Croatians from Petrinja and its environs arrived here and a smaller part of Serbs had left, but the position of those who remined was especially difficult. Several different groups of armed persons, members of Croatian military units and Ministry of Interior units intimidated, harassed, tortured and killed Sisak Serbs. Their apartments were searched for weapons, they received threatening phone calls, they were taken away from their houses and from their workplaces and many were afterwards found dead or are still registered as missing. Executions of Serbs in Sisak were frequently accompanied by the previous torture of victims. Beatings, breaking of limbs, stabbing with knives, even decapitations, all of which were confirmed in findings at the Sisak General Hospital’s pathology department. At request of the then District Court in Sisak, autopsy or external examination of 64 bodies of those killed was performed and these findings now testify to the brutality of the crimes that occurred. Imprisonment, torture and killing of Serbs took place at the following locations: Barutana, ORA and Jodno. Two notorious units which were active in Sisak during the war: Vukovi (Wolves) and Handzar divizija (Handzar Division) are responsible for a great number of these crimes. Activity of these units has not been fully clarified to this day. However, it is known that Ekrem Mandal, originally from Novi Pazar, who used to work as a miner in Labin, was at the helm of the Handzar Division, the unit had some 80 members, a majority of whom were Muslims. Vukovi were a smaller unit of about 20 to 30 members. Both units were a part of the Ministry of Interior’s reserve forces.

victims: A full list of names or even the number of all victims who were killed or suffered some form of maltreatment in the Sisak area during war events, has still not been established and extensive debates about this continue. Estimates range between several dozen and more than 600 persons killed. What can be said with certainty is that several dozen Serbs were killed in Sisak area in different ways. Below, we provide two lists of victims, one from the indictment against Vladimir Milanković and Drago Bošnjak, and another, much more extensive list put together by the association Forum for Human Rights from Sisak.

list of victims form the indictment against vladimir milanković and drago bošnjak

killed/missing:

  1. Vlado Božić
  2. Zoran Vranešević
  3. Branko Oljača
  4. Željko Vila
  5. Evica Vila
  6. Marko Vila
  7. Dušan Vila
  8. Mlađo Vila
  9. Nikola Trivkanović
  10. Zoran Trivkanović
  11. Berislav Trivkanović
  12. Jovan Crnobrnja
  13. Rade Španović
  14. Stevo Ratković
  15. Ljubica Solar
  16. Milan Cvetojević
  17. Petar Pajagić
  18. Vojislav Trbulin
  19. Stanko Martinović
  20. Stevo Borojević
  21. Miloš Čalić
  22. Vaso Jelić
  23. Nikola Drobnjak
  24. Miloš Brkić
  25. Dragan Miočinović

illegaly arrested and/or mistreated:

  1. Stevo Brajenović
  2. Dmitar Brajenović
  3. Milan Slavulj
  4. Miodrag Stojaković
  5. Sveto Mijić
  6. Gojko Lađević
  7. Nenad Tintor
  8. Živko Živanović
  9. Obrad Štrbac
  10. Milan Davorija
  11. Stevo Miodrag
  12. Mićo Mitrović
  13. Pero Dragojević
  14. Ivica Bišćan
  15. Dobrila Crnobrnja
  16. Milorad Ratković
  17. Blažana Ratković
  18. Danica Ratković
  19. Dragica Subanović
  20. Branko Subanović
  21. Lazo Ostojić
  22. Danica Ostojić
  23. Dragan Ostojić
  24. Mirko Drageljević
  25. Neđeljka Drageljević
  26. Nikola Batula
  27. Milica Batula
  28. Đuro Cvetojević
  29. Dragomir Cvetojević
  30. Mihajlo Mrkonja
  31. Živko Goga
  32. Milan Vasiljević
  33. Nikola Arnautović
  34. ŽivkoVujanić
  35. Ranko Davidović
  36. Ratko Miljević
  37. Miloš Gojić
  38. Blagoje Savić
  39. Radivoj Crevar
  40. Ljuban Vukšić
  41. Boško Subotić
  42. Unknown civilian approximately 45 years old

List of names of 107 killed Serbs from Sisak area issued by the non government organization Forum za ljudska prava iz Siska (Human Rights Forum from Sisak):

  1. Nikola Arbutina
  2. Stanko Arbutina
  3. Damir Begić
  4. Dragan Bekić
  5. Marko Banjac
  6. Dragan Biškupić
  7. Željka Boinović
  8. Stevo Borojević
  9. Vladimir Božić
  10. Miloš Brkić
  11. Branko Cetinski
  12. Pero Crljenica
  13. Jovo Crnobrnja
  14. Milan Cvetojević
  15. Nedeljko-Neđo Čajić
  16. Milan Čakalo
  17. Miloš Čalić
  18. Veljko Čosić
  19. Stojan Čorić
  20. Ljuban Čenić
  21. Branko Dabić
  22. Nenad Denić
  23. Jovo Didulica
  24. Mika Draić
  25. Nikola Drobnjak
  26. Damir Dukić
  27. Miljenko Đapa
  28. Ratko Đekić
  29. Ljuban Erak
  30. Miloš Grubić
  31. Nikola Grubić
  32. Vaso Jelić
  33. Petar Kičić
  34. Dragica Kičić
  35. Milan Kladar
  36. Dušan Komosar
  37. Stanko Končar
  38. Kuzman Kovačević
  39. Radovan Kragulj
  40. Nedeljko Kušić
  41. Petar Kušić
  42. Ljuban Lovrić
  43. Branko Lukač
  44. Đuro Lukač
  45. Stanko Lukić
  46. Ilija Martić
  47. Ranko Martinović
  48. Đorđe Mitrović
  49. Gradoljub Nikolić
  50. Vaso Novaković
  51. Stojan Miodrag
  52. Pero Obradović
  53. Milja Obradović
  54. Dejan Obradović
  55. Jovanka Obradović
  56. Vaso Obradović
  57. Branko Oljača
  58. Petar Pajagić
  59. Pero Palija
  60. Đuro Pandurić
  61. Miljenko Pavić
  62. Igor Pavičić
  63. Nenad Pajić
  64. Nikola Pavljanić
  65. Dragan Rajšić
  66. Stevo Simić
  67. Ljubica Solar
  68. Dragan Sundać
  69. Lazo Stanić
  70. Slavko Slijepčević
  71. Rade Ostojić
  72. Milovan Stevanović
  73. Vera Stevanović
  74. Željko Škrebac
  75. Rade Španović
  76. Miloš Špoljar
  77. Đuro Šušnjar
  78. Ljuban Tatišić
  79. Nikola Trivkanović
  80. Zoran Trivkanović
  81. Berislav Trivkanović
  82. Milorad Vasiljević
  83. Nedeljko Vejnović
  84. Vatroslav Vergaš
  85. Marko Vila
  86. Evica Vila
  87. Željko Vila
  88. Mladen Vila
  89. Dušan Vila
  90. Ljuban Vujnović
  91. ĐuroVujnović
  92. Ivan Vojnović
  93. Mladen Vranešević
  94. Zoran Vranešević
  95. Milan-MišoVučinić
  96. Dragan Vujačić
  97. Draga Vujačić
  98. Bogdan Vukotić
  99. Simo Zlokapa
  100. Damjan Žilić
  101. Stana Živković
  102. Slavko Ivanjek
  103. Ivica Đukić
  104. Đorđe Letić
  105. Dragan Rapajić
  106. Vukašin Zdjelar
  107. Vlado Svetić

judicial consequences: In 2011, the Osijek County State Prosecution raised indictments against Vladimir Milanković, former deputy head of the Sisak Police Department and Drago Bošnjak, member of the Police Department Sisak reserve forces, for the criminal act of war crimes against civilian population. On 9 December 2013, County Court Osijek’s Council for War Crimes issued a verdict sentencing Vladimir Milanković to seven years in prison for the criminal act of war crimes against civilian population. He also received a two year prison sentence for war crimes against prisoners of war, so that he was finally sentenced to eight years in prison. Drago Bošnjak was acquitted of charges. On 10 June 2014, the Supreme Court confirmed the County Court Osijek first instance ruling, but his sentence was altered to 10 years in prison. Another indictment for the criminal act of war crime against civilian population based on chain of command, was raised against Đuro Brodarac, but these proceedings were terminated by his death in 2011. None of the direct perpetrators of crimes against Serbs in Sisak was held criminaly responsible.

The commander of the police unit from Novo Selo near Sisak, Ivica Mirić, was sentenced in 2010 to nine years in prison for killing his fellow villager  Miloš Čalić, whom Mirić and several other people took from the Zagreb Rebro hospital, where Čalić went for his daily therapies, and executed him near Sisak.