On 16 April 1993, Bosnian CROAT soldiers attacked — for no reason — Bosniak village Ahmici and then proceeded massacring and in some cases burning alive 116 Bosniak women, children, babies, and sick and elderly men. All victims were civilians. Two of the most notorious war criminals — Zoran Kupreskic and Mirjan Kupreskic — were originally convicted, and then acquitted of the crime due to lack of evidence — or for the better word, they submitted (what was most likely) fake evidence to the Appeals Chamber and ultimately won their freedom.
When the attack on Ahmici commenced in the early morning hours of 16 April 1993, Sakib Ahmic was residing with his son, Naser Ahmic, Naser’s wife Zehrudina, and their two children Elvis (4 years of age) and Sejad (3 months of age).
Armed with an automatic weapon, Zoran Kupreskic entered the Ahmic house, and shot and killed Naser Ahmic. Zoran Kupreskic then shot and wounded Zehrudina.
When Mirjan Kupreskic entered the Ahmic house, he poured flammable liquid onto the furniture to set the house on fire. Gunfire was then directed toward the two children, Elvis and Sejad Ahmic. When Sakib Ahmic fled the burning residence, Zehrudina who was wounded was still alive, but ultimately perished in the fire.
Naser Ahmic, Zehrudina Ahmic, Elvis Ahmic and Sejad Ahmic all died and Sakib Ahmic received burns over his head, face and hands.
Judge Cassese also commented that,
“Indisputably, what happened on 16 April in Ahmici has gone down in history as comprising one of the most vicious illustrations of man’s inhumanity to man. Today, the name of that small village must be added to the long list of previously unknown hamlets and towns that recall abhorrent misdeeds and make all of us shudder with horror and shame: Dachau, Oradour sur Glane, Katijn, Marzabotto, Soweto, My Lai, Sabra and Shatila, and so many others.”