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25 May 2010
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Klickovic et al: Arming of Local Residents

BIRN BiH
At the trial for crimes committed in Bosanska Krupa, the Defence of Gojko Klickovic examines witness Jasmin Ramic, who was apprehended after he failed to respond to earlier summonses from the Court.
"I did not have the money to pay for my trip costs. I am a poor man," said Ramic, who failed to appear at the hearing held on May 19, 2010.

Klickovic's Defence denied the witness' allegations, claiming that it had provided him with money for his trip in due time.

Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic are charged with murder, detention, forcible resettlement, torture and other crimes committed against the non-Serb population of Bosanska Krupa during 1992.

Ramic said that two days after the beginning of the conflict in the town on April 21, 1992 he and his family fled to Kljuc, because he did not want to be mobilized or sent to a battlefield.

"The Civil Protection Unit armed local residents, the Muslim units, which were based in Perna. It was a group of 30 armed people who were deployed at the checkpoint," Ramic said, adding that he saw the units "two or three days" prior to the breakout of the conflict in Bosanska Krupa.

In his statement given to the National Security Sector in Kljuc in May 1993, presented by Klickovic's Defence at this hearing, the witness said the unit was called "Sulejman's guard".

"I was not a member of that unit. I was not recruited by it. On April 19, 1992 they recruited people passing through the checkpoints, but I managed to flee so they did not recruit me," Ramic said.

The indictment alleges that on April 21, 1992 "Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic's actual control", conducted an infantry and artillery attack on Krupa town and Ostruznica. The attack allegedly resulted in the death of at least 17 and the wounding of at least 14 people.

At this hearing the Defence of the first indictee included ten pieces of material evidence in the case file.

The trial is due to continue on May 26.
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