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Jevic et al: Catastrophic Things in Kravica

19. January 2012.00:00
At the trial of four indictees for genocide in Srebrenica, witness Ljubodrag Gajic spoke about the executions of detained Bosniaks in Kravica in July 1995, of which he heard while he was securing the road as a member of the Jahorina Training Centre.

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Gajic said that he was deployed on the road about half a kilometre from the warehouse in Kravica and that he and other members of the Jahorina Centre were told that there are members of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ABiH), which have to be detained.

“Two or three men have surrendered themselves to us. The truck was passing by there and we threw them in”, said Gajic, testifying via video link from a court in Belgrade.

He added that more people were detained there, and that afterwards he heard the bursts of gunfire.

“My colleague went down to the warehouse and said that they shot the men who were detained. I did not want to go, those are catastrophic things… I could have guessed what was going on because it could not be shot at anyone else other than on these detainees”, said Gajic.

Dusko Jevic, Mendeljev Djuric, Goran Markovic and Nedjo Ikonic are charged with having participated in the murder of about 1,000 Bosniak men in Kravica and the forcible resettlement of the population from the Srebrenica area.

The indictment alleges that Jevic was Commander of the Jahorina Training Centre with the Special Brigade of Republika Srpska, RS police, Djuric and Ikonic were company commanders and Markovic was a squad commander.

Witness Gajic said that he does not remember which commanders were in Kravica, but stated that indictees Jevic and Djuric were previously in Potocari, from where the population was transported by trucks and buses to the area controlled by the ABiH.

Gajic confirmed that the men were separated in Potocari and that one member of the UNPROFOR Dutch Battalion asked Djuric about it.

“He asked why the men were separated, but I do not recall that conversation. I did not know why the men are separated, but I noticed that it was done. Part of our unit had that task”, the witness said.

The detained men, he added, were taken to one house, near which he later saw “a bunch of their personal belongings”.

“As far as I remember, a number of military-aged men remained in this house when we were pulled back and they were guarded by the army”, said Gajic, but he stated that after 16 years he can not be absolutely sure about that.

Gajic is the last additional witness which was proposed by the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the continuation of the trial is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2012.M.T.

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