Sotin

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Sotin is located in Croatia
Sotin
Location of Sotin in Croatia
Sotin map

Sotin is a village in eastern Croatia, located a few kilometers southeast of Vukovar by the Danube. It is administratively part of the city of Vukovar, and its population is 782 (census 2011).[1] The post code for Sotin is 32232 Sotin.

During the Croatian War of Independence, 32 residents of Sotin were killed and another 32 are missing as of 2013. A mass grave containing three bodies was discovered near the village through information obtained by Serbian authorities conducting a criminal inquest of war crimes—killing of 16 Croatian civilians in Sotin—committed by the Croatian Serb militia and Territorial Defense Forces in late 1991.[2] In April 2013, the second mass grave was found in the village. It contained ten bodies transferred from the mass grave containing the three other bodies to a village slaughterhouse pit where animal bones were disposed of at the time. The move was made in 1997 in order to hide the bodies better. All thirteen, whose remains were found in the two graves, were killed on 26 December 1991.[3][4] Two other mass graves were found previously, one at the Catholic graveyard in the village and the other in nearby vineyards.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Sotin". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. 
  2. ^ "U masovnoj grobnici kod Sotina pronađena tri tijela" [Three bodies found in a mass grave near Sotin] (in Croatian). tportal.hr. 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Branimir Bradarić (24 April 2013). "Završeni radovi na dvije masovne grobnice u Sotinu" [Survey of two mass graves in Sotin completed]. Večernji list (in Croatian). 
  4. ^ "Slaughterhouse of Sotin: Mass grave found in Croatia finally solves mystery of people who were taken away in the middle of night by Serbs". Daily Mail. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Sanja Butigan (20 April 2013). "Grobnica žrtava iz Sotina premještana 1997. zbog pokušaja skrivanja tragova" [Mass Grave of Sotin Victims Moved in 1997 in an Attempt to Hide Evidence]. Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). 

Coordinates: 45°17′42″N 19°05′49″E / 45.295°N 19.097°E / 45.295; 19.097