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Radic et al: “Collection Center” in Vojno

9. February 2011.00:00
At the retrial for crimes committed in Vojno, near Mostar, Major-General Slavko Puljic testifies again in defence of indictee Marko Radic and say he heard about “the existence of the detention camp”.

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“I heard about it for the first time in 1995, when a soldier from Vojno got killed. I heard about a detention camp, collection center, I do not know what it really was. As there was no strict discipline, it was possible to have false reports,” witness Puljic said. Puljic was Chief of the South-east Herzegovina Operational Zone in 1993.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Marko Radic, Dragan Sunjic, Damir Brekalo and Mirko Vracevic, former members of the Croatian Defence Council, HVO, with having committed crimes in Vojno prison, near Mostar, where Bosniaks, including women and children, were detained in 1993 and 1994.

The indictment alleges that detainees were abused, mistreated, killed and taken to other locations to perform forced labour.

In February 2009, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina rendered a first instance verdict, sentencing Radic, Sunjic, Brekalo and Vracevic to a total of 80 years in prison. After the Prosecution and Defence appealed the verdict, the Appellate Chamber revoked it and ordered a retrial in April 2010.

Witness Puljic said he was not aware of the fact that detained civilians dug trenches at locations held by HVO.

Expert witness Esad Bilic, a graphologist, testified at this hearing as well. He was presented with copies of two documents containing indictee Sunjic’s signature in “deputy commander and commander” columns.

The expert witness said that he “cannot give any opinion” on the basis of photocopies of the documents.

The trial is due to continue on February 10 this year, when indictee Sunjic will testify.

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