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Jevic et al: Bodies around the Hangar

26. January 2012.00:00
At the trial of four men indicted of genocide in Srebrenica, Franc Kos testified about how the he was in Kravica (Bratunac municipality) on July 13, 1995, where he saw the bodies of men in and around the warehouse.

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Kos said that he drove to Kravica with the witness Z-1 and Milorad Pelemis, commander of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), and that they stopped 50 to 100 metres from the warehouse.

“Some people were waiting for us in the jeeps and told me that there are dead people down there. They cursed. I went down and I saw the bodies of the dead people from the bus through the hangar. I came to look inside and saw that someone is running towards me. I ran back and someone fired a burst and told me: ‘Run away, you fool, you will get killed”, said Kos.

He is on trial as a member of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad in another case before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for participating in the murder of more than 1,000 men on Branjevo (Zvornik municipality).

Kos, who came at the invitation of the Defence, said that he does not know which unit was in front of the warehouse in Kravica, but that he assumes that it was some local unit.

“I think it was the local unit, since they call one another by name, those outside and those inside (…) There was some taking away and I heard them saying: ‘Let’s see who will slaughter who now”, Kos said.

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.

Jean Gagnon was supposed to testify at the continuation of the trial, but his hearing was postponed due to the lack of the technical capabilities to establish only audio, but not a video connection with the Canadian city of Montreal.

The Defence opposed to the hearing of this witness without a video connection, so the Prosecution suggested that Gagnon should be called as a witness and come to Sarajevo.

The trial is due to continue on January 30 this year.M.T.

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