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Jevic et al: Expecting an Attack

8. July 2011.00:00
Testifying at the trial for genocide in Srebrenica, a Defence witness says that he guarded the road between Konjevic polje and Bratunac in July 1995, because he was informed by his chieftains that a breakthrough by "the Muslims' army" was expected.

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Jovan Todorovic, former member of the Jahorina Training Centre with the Special Police Brigade of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, MUP of Republika Srpska, RS, explained that the attack did not happen, but he neither saw prisoners nor heard about murders.
“There may have been some prisoners far from the location at which I was. I am not aware of any murders having been committed,” Todorovic said, testifying in defence of indictee Nedjo Ikonic.
The indictment alleges that members of the “Jahorina” Training Centre with the MUP of RS, acting on an order by and under the supervision of Dusko Jevic, Mendeljev Djuric, Goran Markovic and Nedjo Ikonic, participated in the capture of several thousands of Bosniak men on July 12 and 13, 1995.
The indictment further alleges that they kept prisoners on a meadow in Sandici and then took them to various locations, including the warehouse in Kravica, where they participated in the shooting of more than 1,000 men.
The Prosecution alleges that, at that time Jevic was Commander of the “Jahorina” Training Centre, Djuric and Ikonic were company commanders with the Centre and Markovic as a squad commander with the First Company.
Witness Todorovic said that he was brought to the “Jahorina” Training Centre, after having been arrested in Serbia as a deserter. He said that the members of the Unit, who were deployed to Konjevic polje area, were deserters too.
When asked if he could recognise any of the indictees in the courtroom, the witness pointed to indictee Ikonic, describing him as “a black-haired guy and sportsman”, who used to lead the gym sessions during their training on Mount Jahorina. Also, the witness recognised indictee Jevic, saying that he used to
have “a high military rank”.
The witness said that he did not see indictee Ikonic in the Konjevic polje area, where he spent seven days during July 1995.
According to the charges, members of the First and Second Company with the “Jahorina” Training Centre, captured Bosniaks, as per Ikonic’s orders, in a forest located above the road leading from Bratunac to Konjevic polje and took them to the warehouse at the cross-roads in Konjevic polje, where they executed them.

The trial will resume on August 22 .


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