1992 Yugoslav People's Army column incident in Tuzla

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Coordinates: 44°32′7″N 18°41′54″E / 44.53528°N 18.69833°E / 44.53528; 18.69833

1992 Yugoslav People's Army column incident in Tuzla
Part of the Bosnian War
Date 15 May 1992
Location Tuzla, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belligerents
Green Berets and TO Tuzla Yugoslav People's Army
Commanders and leaders
Ilija Jurišić Mile Dubajić
Strength
3000[1] 600
Casualties and losses
50 killed and 44 injured[2]

The 1992 Yugoslav People's Army column incident in Tuzla was an attack on the 92nd Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) Motorized Brigade in the Bosnian city of Tuzla that took place on 15 May 1992. The incident occurred at the road junction of Brčanska Malta. At least 50 members of the JNA were killed and 44 wounded during the attacks.[2]

An ethnic Croat[3] Bosnian officer, Ilija Jurišić, was convicted by a Serbian court of improper battlefield conduct in the second trial, after the first one was overturned.[4][5]

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The charges against Ilija Jurišić alleged that, "Bosnian troops first killed the truck drivers with sniper fire and then fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the stopped vehicles". Bosnian authorities say that they acted in self-defense and that Yugoslav soldiers fired first.[4]

Trial[edit]

The Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office indicted Ilija Jurišić, on suspicion that he committed a war crime in Tuzla by taking part in the attack. The case was dismissed before Bosnian courts.[6] He was arrested at the Belgrade Airport in May 2007 and was found guilty of improper battlefield conduct in 2009 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.[2] In October 2010, an appeals court later overturned the sentence.[4] The Belgrade Appeals Court ordered a re-trial and released him from detention.[4]

The city of Tuzla celebrates 15 May as "City Liberation Day".[7] Tuzla citizens have continued to express their support for Ilija Jurišić.[8] Subsequently, Jurišić was welcomed by a large crowd upon his return to Tuzla on 11 October 2010 after his sentence was overturned.[9] The re-trial was held and he was senteced again to 12 years in prison.[5]

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