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Brought the Wounded to Health Centre

28. January 2015.00:00
Testifying at the trial for crimes in the Sarajevo area before the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo, a Defence witness says that he was wounded in mid-June 1992 and that he saw indictee Goran Sladoje in the Health Centre that day.

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Sinisa Tosic said that he was engaged in Republika Srpska Army, VRS, forces along with indictee Goran Sladoje.

The witness said that a mine-thrower grenade wounded him at the Jewish Cemetery in mid-June 1992.

As he said, he was brought to the Health Centre, where he saw Sladoje, who brought Zoran Klaric, who too was wounded.

“I was transported by helicopter from the Health Centre to a hospital in Sokolac. After that I went to the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade,” the witness said.

Goran Sladoje and Slobodan Bogdanovic are charged with having taken Bajro and Suad Besic from their house to a garage on June 13, 1992. They allegedly beat them in the garage and then used them as human shields at the Jewish Cemetery. Suad Besic was killed on that occasion.

When asked by Prosecutor Aida Catovic what happened to the Besic family, witness Tosic said that “Suad Besic was killed and Bajro survived”, adding that they were “used as human shields”.

Second Defence witness Darko Tosovic said that he was on military positions near the Jewish Cemetery at the beginning of the armed conflict, adding that indictee Goran Sladoje was on those positions as well.

The witness said that Sladoje held the line in the vicinity of late Zoran Klaric and that he was present, when they transported Sinisa Tosic to Sokolac by helicopter.

When asked by attorney Midhat Koco whether he knew the Besic family and if they were mistreated, the witness said that he knew them, because they were his neighbours, and that he had never seen anyone mistreating them.

When asked by Prosecutor Catovic if the Besic family could move freely, the witness answered affirmatively.

“Suad and Bajro Besic were able-bodied, but they were not recruited,” the witness said, adding that he heard about Suad’s death on TV.

The trial is due to continue on February 25.

Emina Dizdarević Tahmiščija

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