Dragan Kolundzija, alias Kole, was born on 19 December 1959 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the time of the events in question, he was a shift commander at the Keraterm camp. He supervised a group of 6-12 men.
He was indicted for crimes against the non-Serbian population of the Prijedor municipality in the Keraterm camp which were committed during a period stretching from 24 May 1992 to around 5 August 1992.
The detainees were notably subjected to inhumane living conditions. Among these conditions for example, were lack of food and water, lack of medical care overcrowding, limited opportunities to have fresh air and exercise, as well as the absence of adequate toilet facilities. Moreover murder, physical abuse, rape, sexual assault, and various other forms of physical and psychological abuse were common practice in this camp.
During his trial, Dragan Kolundzija admitted that cruel treatment had been inflicted on detainees during times when his shift was on duty. On the other hand, it was not proven that he himself had participated directly in these acts. Moreover, he had made attempts to improve, insofar as possible, the living conditions in the camp.
Dragan Kolundzija was arrested on 6 June 1999 by the NATO soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina and transferred on that same day to the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia).
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