Glogovac Defense Witness Says He Didn’t See Detainees in Franjo Herljevic Lodge

28. January 2016.00:00
The first defense witness to testify at the Dragan Glogovac trial said he didn’t see a prison in the Franjo Herljevic hunting lodge in Kamenica in the municipality of Zavidovici in mid-July 1992. According to the indictment, civilians and prisoners of war were held in the hunting lodge.

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The state prosecution has charged Glogovac, a former military police officer with the Doboj operational group of the Ninth Battalion of the First Krajiski Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army, with causing severe physical and mental suffering to civilians and prisoners of war detained in the basement of the Franjo Herljevic hunting lodge in Kamenica in the municipality of Zavidovici from June-August 1992. Glogovac allegedly acted in collaboration with other members of the Bosnian Serb Army.

Defense witness Simo Dabic said he was the unit commander of a “strengthened section” of the military police with the Fifth Motorized Battalion in the village of Kalaisi, near Vozuca, in May 1992. He said Glogovac was adjoined to his unit on June 28, 1992.

Dabic said they were sent to Kamenica to execute a task in mid-July 1992. He said the command was located in the Franjo Herljevic lodge for one night before its relocation, as it was difficult to guard.

“I didn’t see a prison in the Franjo Herljevic lodge…I didn’t see any civilians. The house was luxuriously furnished considering the circumstances,” Dabic said. He said the defendant was within his sight during their entire stay in Kamenica.

Dabic said they received a call to go to Doboj on July 25, 1992, adding that the Ninth Battalion of the First Krajiski Corps was formed at that time. He said he went there as a commander and returned as an ordinary policeman.

According to Dabic, Glogovac also went to Doboj but didn’t return to Vozuca with them. He said Glogovac began serving in the military police section in Gostovic about ten days later. He said he didn’t know where Glogovac was during the war past August 10, 1992 .

Mladen Tripkovic, a former member of the Reconnaissance Squad with the Fifth Motorized Brigade in Kalaisa, was the second witness to testify at today’s hearing. Tripkovic said the defendant was a member of the military police with the Fifth Motorized Brigade. He said he thought he saw Glogovac in Vozuca in mid-June, as well as July-1992.

Tripkovic said all military policemen were called to Doboj and left in late July 1992.

Tripkovic said he didn’t see the defendant when the military police returned to Vozuca, commenting “it seems to me that he went somewhere else.”

“I didn’t see him in the Gostovic area after his departure,” Tripkovic said.

Both witnesses said they had known the defendant from before the war. To their knowledge, he was a policeman and taxi driver.

The trial will continue on February 18.

Lamija Grebo


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