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27 November 2014

Presentation of Evidence at “Silos” Trial Begins

Albina Sorguc BIRN BiH Sarajevo
At the trial for crimes committed in Hadzici municipality the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, presents and includes, in the case file, 92 pieces of material evidence, most of which refer, as the Prosecution says, to the indictees’ status at the time of commission of the crimes. 
In addition to evidence about the tasks performed by the indictees, Prosecutor Zorica Djurdjevic presented documents, with which she wanted to prove that the wartime Presidency of Hadzici municipality had competencies over, as she said, the unlawfully detained persons.
Mustafa Djelilovic, Fadil Covic, Mirsad Sabic, Nezir Kazic, Becir Hujic, Halid Covic, Serif Mesanovic and Nermin Kalember are on trial for crimes committed in Silos, “Krupa” military barracks and “9. maj” school building.

The indictment alleges that Hujic was Manager and Deputy Manager of Silos and Halid Covic performed the same functions. Mesanovic was one of the Deputy Managers of Silos and Manager of a detention camp in the “Krupa” barracks, while Kalember was a guard in Silos. The other indictees were members of the civil, military and police authorities.
Among the material evidence were documents related to the way of work of the wartime Presidency and its members.

“By these pieces of evidence we are proving that the wartime Presidency had competencies over the detained persons, because the wartime Presidency rendered a decision to release certain individuals with whom informative interviews were conducted,” Djurdjevic said.   

As she said, the document in which one of the detainees addressed the wartime Presidency spoke about its competency over the detainees.  

The Prosecution also presented documents on disarming and detaining Croat individuals in 1993, restricting the movement of Serb citizens outside their houses and yards, as well as a movement permit between Pazaric and Zenica.    

The Defence of the indictees objected to the relevance and authenticity of some of the presented pieces of evidence. Edina Residovic, Defence attorney of indictee Djelilovic pointed out that the documents presented by the Prosecution were not signed by the indictee but some other person.  

“Conducting an exchange of people is not one of the counts in this indictment,” Residovic said, objecting to the Prosecution’s evidence about an exchange.  
The trial is due to continue on December 4.

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