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Koricanske stijene: “Fools Killed Muslims”

13. April 2011.00:00
Testifying in defence of her husband, indictee Sasa Zecevic, Stojka Zecevic says that he told her that members of his unit committed murders at Koricanske stijene.

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Witness Zecevic said that she met her future husband in April or May 1992, adding that he used to visit her after work.

“He was absent for two or three days. I called his mother, but she too did not know where he was. We were worried. When he came to my place he was dirty and he said: ‘Those foolish colleagues of mine killed Muslims on some cliff. We were mobilized and we had to go there to pull the bodies out’,” Zecevic said.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Zecevic, Radoslav Knezevic, Marinko Ljepoja, Petar Civcic and Branko Topola with having participated in the escort of a convoy of more than 1,000 civilians who were traveling from Prijedor to Travnik on August 21, 1992.They then allegedly helped separate and murder about 200 men at Koricanske stijene.

The indictment alleges that Civcic was Commander of the First Section with the Interventions Squad of the Public Safety Station in Prijedor, Zecevic, Ljepoja and Knezevic were members of the Squad and Topola was a member of the Territorial Defence.

At this hearing three non-Serbs testified as protected witnesses. They said that indictee Zecevic helped them, adding that they did not hear that “he did any bad things during the war”.

Witness D1 said she had known Zecevic from before the war, adding that she called him on the phone during the course of the conflict in 1992 and asked him to drive her to her friends, as she was afraid to travel alone.

“I trusted him. He has never betrayed me. In some instances I would call him a few times during the course of one week,” said protected witness D1, who left Prijedor later that year.

Protected witness D3 said that Zecevic drove her in a white minivan to her parent’s house in a village near Prijedor in order to pick up her daughter in the summer of 1992.

Protected witness D4 said that the indictee used to come to his coffee shop, where they met each other, after the war.

“He was a traffic policeman with the Prijedor police force. Nobody objected to me spending time with him,” the witness said, adding that indictee Zecevic sometimes “helped me settle some minor traffic offences”.

The trial is due to continue on April 14 this year, when the Defence of Radoslav Knezevic will start presenting evidence.A.J.

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