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Bosniak Soldier ‘Wasn’t Near Trusina Massacre Site’

15. December 2014.00:00
A witness said his own investigation showed that Nihad Bojadzic, former deputy commander of the Bosnian Army’s Zulfikar Squad, wasn’t near Trusina when more than 20 Bosnian Croats were killed.

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Defence witness Hasan Hakalovic told the Sarajevo-based court on Monday that he was ordered to investigate allegations that defendant Bojadzic was near the village of Trusina when it was attacked and the Croats were killed, but found no evidence to back this up.

Hakalovic said that he was in command of the 45th Brigade of the Bosnian Army, whose headquarters was in the village of Parasovici near Trusina, when the attack took place.

He investigated allegations that Bojadzic was with Nusret Avdibegovic, the commander of the Third Battalion of the 45th Brigade at the time, “in a meadow above Trusina” at the time of the crime.

“It was strange for me because I know that wasn’t possible,” the witness said.

He said that Avdibegovic told him: “That makes no sense at all. You would know that. Someone in command of the brigade would know.”

Hakalovic said that none of the people that he interviewed ever mentioned seeing Bojadzic in Parasovici.

“Someone would have seen him if he was in fact there. No one ever heard anything about him being there,” the witness said.

The prosecution charges Bojadzic, along with former Zulfikar members Mensur Memic, Dzevad Salcin, Senad Hakalovic and Nedzad Hodzic, with the murder of 18 Bosnian Croat civilians and four captured Croatian Defence Council soldiers in Trusina.

The indictment alleges that Bojadzic commanded the attack on Trusina from a nearby hill and gave an order that no one in the village must remain alive.

The trial continues.

Amer Jahić

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