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Prosecution Witness Testifies Against Former Musala Guard

6. February 2015.00:00
Testifying at a trial for war crimes allegedly committed in Konjic, prosecution witness Miodrag Mitrovic says that he used to see defendant Ibro Macic regularly during his detainment at the Musala school building. The Musala school building was used as a detention camp during the Bosnian war.

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Macic, a former member of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is charged with participating in the torture and sexual abuse of prisoners at the Musala school building in Konjic from April to October 1993. He is also charged with the murder of four old women in the village of Blaca.

Mitrovic said that he was brought to Musala in June 1993 and was detained in the school gym. Mitrovic said that he saw Macic among the guards, and also could identify him in the courtroom.

“Ibro was a prison guard. One of the worst. He was hot tempered and not communicative,” Mitrovic said.

Prosecutor Sanja Jukic asked Mitrovic how long he had seen Macic at Musala. Mitrovic responded that Macic was there throughout his detention.

“I saw him for the last time when we were exchanged, on October 19, 1993. Ibro stood in front of the place, while we left by [military] transporters,” Mitrovic explained.

Mitrovic said that he also remembered Macic from an event that occurred in September 1993.

“A [former] colleague brought me some food, so I went out into the corridor to take a sandwich. Ibro came by and went to the manager, to check whether I was allowed to bring the sandwich in. That’s one of the things that I remember he was there by,” he said.

When asked by the defense how often he saw Macic at Musala, Mitrovic said he saw him at each of his shifts.

At the end of the hearing Macic said that Mitrovic’s allegations were incorrect.

The trial is scheduled to continue on February 13.

Selma Učanbarlić

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