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23 June 2014

Bosnian Serb Policeman ‘Shocked by Srebrenica Corpses’

Selma Ucanbarlic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
A witness told the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb police chief Goran Saric that he saw a truck full of bodies close to where 1,000 Bosniaks from Srebrenica were murdered.
Prosecution witness Sinisa Renovica, a former policeman with the Bosnian Serb Jahorina Training Centre, told the Sarajevo court on Monday that when he went to Bratunac in July 1995, he saw a truck full of corpses close to a hangar in Kravica where the Bosniaks from Srebrenica were massacred.

“That is a terrible image. We were horrified by the sight, both me and [fellow policeman] Nedjo, who came with me to Bratunac,” he said in testimony delivered via video link from Belgrade.

He said that when they reached the police station, “Nedjo informed Ljubisa Borovcanin about the truck we saw”.

Borovcanin, the former deputy commander of the Bosnian Serb interior ministry special police brigade, was sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2010 for crimes committed in Srebrenica in 1995.

Renovica said that he did not know where the bodies came from, but that he later learned from the media that there had been murders in Kravica.

He was testifying at the trial of Goran Saric, a former commander of the special police brigade, who was accused of giving orders to the police officers to secure the Bratunac-Konjevic Polje road and detain several thousand people who were fleeing that way through the woods from Srebrenica.

According to the indictment, special police officers helped to escort the convoy of several hundred prisoners to an agricultural warehouse in Kravica, where they were killed.

Asked whether he knew the defendant Saric, the witness responded that he knew him from the war, but that he did not see him in July 1995.

The trial continues on June 30.

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