Victim Accuses Policeman of Rape in Doboj

24. October 2016.16:56
A prosecution witness told the war crimes trial of former Serb special policeman Slobodan Karagic that the defendant raped her in Doboj when she was 15. The protected prosecution witness codenamed K-1 told the court in Sarajevo on Monday that the defendant Slobodan Karagic, a former commander of the Red Berets special police unit, raped her in Doboj in 1992.

K-1 said that on July 13, 1992 she was taken to a detention camp, where she remained for two weeks. As she was going home after having been released, a man driving an SUV stopped her and told her she had to come with him for an examination.

“He took me to an office in the JNA [Yugoslav People’s Army] Centre. He took some blankets out of a wardrobe and put them down. Then he began taking his clothes off,” K-1 testified.

“I told him not to do it and that I was only 15 years old, but he said he would do it anyway,” she added.

She said that as she was leaving the office after having been raped, she heard someone calling her attacker by the name Karaga. Later on, she found out his full name from the media.

Karagic asked the witness to confirm if he was the man who had raped her.

“It was you. You are the same, except for the fact you had darker hair back then,” K-1 responded.

Karagic has been charged with participating in attacks against the Croat and Bosniak population in the Doboj area from the spring to autumn of 1992.

He is accused of committing murders, depriving people of their liberty, rape and theft.

At a separate hearing at the state court on Monday, a former guard described the abuse of detainees in a prison behind the court building and in the school building in the town of Kotor-Varos in 1992.

Prosecution witness Novo Petrovic said he was a guard in the prison behind the Basic Court building in Kotor-Varos, where about 150 prisoners were held.

“Special policemen used to come and do whatever they wanted to. They would beat the prisoners. When a guard tried to stop them, they put a pistol to his forehead,” Petrovic said.

He said one man died in the prison.

He also said that after the guards complained about abuse of prisoners, it was stopped.

Petrovic was testifying at the trial of Savo Tepic, Dusko Maksimovic, Dusko Vujicic, Ilija Kurusic and Radojko Keverovic, who are accused of detaining, torturing and committing other inhumane acts against Bosniaks and Croats in Kotor-Varos from May 1992 to the end of that year.

According to the charges, Tepic was the chief of the public security station, Vujicic, Maksimovic and Keverovic were policemen, while Kurusic was a member of the Bosnian Serb Army.

Marija Taušan