Jevic et al: Mendeljev Djuric in Bijeljina

30. January 2012.16:25
At the trial of four men indicted of genocide in Srebrenica, a witness of the Defence said that second indictee Mendeljev Djuric, called Mane, was coming to Bijeljina after July 12, 1995. “I know that it was after St.

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Peter’s celebration (Petrovdan), because my husband was not able to go to his aunt’s for the celebration. Mane came to the workshop to wash the car … We talked about Srebrenica. He said: ’It is great, my Indians and I are given the task to safeguard UNPROFOR and the civilians’”, said Smilja Popovic-Vidovic.

She added that Djuric said that he came to Bijeljina to shave and take a shower and that he planned to return to Srebrenica the next day.

“He said that they must ensure the vehicles in order to transfer people to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Popovic-Vidovic, adding that this meeting took place on the second, third or fourth day after St. Peter’s celebration, which was on July 12.

Mendeljev Djuric Dusko Jevic, 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 on July 13 and 14, 1995.

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 Popovic-Vidovic explained that she and her husband spent time with Djuric’s family, and that they accidentally met in 1992, when police confiscated the car from one Bosniak worker from their workshop.

“My husband went to the police station in Janja and returned with the ‘Stojadin’ car of our worker. He said that he was lucky that he ran into some good man who helped him to return the car. It was Mane,” said Popovic-Vidovic.

She said that they would not spend time with Djuric if he was a chauvinist or nationalist.

The trial is due to continue on Thursday, February 2.

Marija Taušan

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