JUNE 12 2012 13:08h
The two men were charged in the repeated trial with war crimes committed in 1991 against Nikola Nikolic, Mile Lukac and Perica Bicanic in the then occupied town of Korenica.
The trial chamber, presided by Judge Jasenka Kovacic, accepted allegations in the indictment that the two men, who were prison guards at the time the crimes were committed, beat, humiliated and made threats to the three men in a prison in Korenica.
Suput and Panic spent about a year and 11 months in detention between 2006 and 2008. At the first trial, which ended in October 2008, the Rijeka-based court sentenced them also to four and 3. years in jail, but the Supreme Court accepted the defendants appeals and ordered a retrialdo not have to remain in custody before their verdict becomes final, but their passports have been confiscated and they must report to police regularly.