DINKO ŠAKIĆ

DINKO ŠAKIĆ (Studenci, near Imotski, 1921 – Zagreb, 2008) Ustasha officer

Šakić came to live in Bosanski Brod when he was two years old. After finishing elementary school, he attended high school in Slavonski Brod, but was expelled in 1934 for disseminating Ustasha propaganda.

As a minor, the court could not convict him, but the preparations for trial were made and an indictment drawn up to be served when he reached 18 years of age. So Šakić fled to Berlin, where he joined the Ustasha movement on 20 April 1938.

When the Independent State of Croatia was declared, Šakić’s father, Mate, was made mayor of Bosanski Brod and participated personally in persecuting and forcibly re-baptising the Serbian population of the surrounding villages.

Dinko Šakić joined the newly-formed Ustasha Legion in Vienna in April 1941, and later joined the Independent State of Croatia air force.

He beat up an officer for “using Serbianisms and cursing my mother the Serbian way”, after which he fled to Bosanski Brod and lay low for a while.

He was recommended for the Ustasha Defence and at the end of 1941 or the beginning of 1942 arrived in Jasenovac Concentration Camp. He worked in Stara Gradiška Camp and in 1944 was appointed Commandant of Camp III (Brickworks).

At the beginning of 1945, in concert with the former commandants of Camp III (Brickworks), Ljubo Miloš, Miroslav Majstorović and Hinko Picilli, he attempted to cover up all traces of the crimes committed (exhuming and cremating the bodies of those killed).

After the collapse of the Independent State of Croatia, Šakić emigrated with Pavelić to Argentina, where he lived under the assumed name of Ljubomir Bilanović. He was active in émigré circles and participated in organising several terrorist attacks on employees of Yugoslav embassies.

In 1988 he was extradited to the Republic of Croatia and sentenced at the Zagreb County Court in 1999 to twenty years in prison for committing war crimes against civilians.

According to survivor testimonies and his own confession, he killed Dr. Mile Bošković in person on 22 September 1944.

Died of natural causes in the prison hospital on 20 July 2008.