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6 April 2010

Klickovic et al: Concealed Crime

A former military policeman from Bosanska Krupa says he learned about the murder of Bosniaks in "the prison" in "Petar Kocic" school building "much later", because nobody spoke about the crime.
"Muslims were held in the prison. There were also some Serb detainees. I do not know who brought them to the prison, but military policemen guarded them and took them to the police station for interviews. At the time I knew nothing about the murders committed in the school building, but people spoke about them later on, although I cannot remember what they said," Momir Grubisa, former Squad Commander with a company of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade from Krupa, said testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic.

Grubisa said he learned about the event "much later", because "it may have been concealed", adding that he assumed that indictee Jovan Ostojic, Brigade Commander, knew about "the prison in the school building".

The State Prosecution charges Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic with a number of crimes committed in the Bosanska Krupa area during the course of 1992. The indictment alleges that on April 21, 1992 "Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic's actual control", began an attack on Krupa town and Ostruznica, which resulted in the death of at least 17 people and the wounding of at least 14.

The indictment alleges that, during April and May 1992 civilians and soldiers were detained in school buildings in Jasenica and Bosanska Krupa. It is further alleged that they were beaten and taken to other locations to perform forced labour, while some of them were brought before the Temporary Court Martial, presided over by indictee Drljaca.

The indictment alleges that, between August 1 and August 12, 1992 Joja Plavanjac, a member of the Military Police Squad, killed 11 male detainees in the "Petar Kocic" school building.

Witness Grubisa told the Court that "between 30 and 50 Bosniaks" were detained in the school building at some stage, adding that military policemen received orders to guard the detainees from "Vlado Vignjevic, Company Commander, and Mile Drljaca, known as Teho, Security Officer".

Radomir Mandic and Goran Jerkovic, who testified for the Defence of Klickovic, spoke about the conflict in Krupa town and crimes committed against the Serb population. The witnesses said "the atmosphere was tense" in Krupa town prior to the breakout of the war, adding that many Serbs lost their jobs because they "did not meet the criteria".

They said that Gojko Klickovic and the civil authorities did not exert any pressure against them while they worked in Krupa at the time.

"As far as I know the civil authorities did not interfere with the military authorities. I do not believe any decisions in Krupa town could be made without Klickovic, Vjestica and Vojnovic knowing about them," Mandic, former Company Commander with the Second Battalion of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade from Krupa, said.

The indictment alleges that Gojko Klickovic, Miroslav Vjestica and Mile Vojnovic participated, in collaboration with other members of the Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, in a joint plan to establish the Serbian municipality of Bosanska Krupa, in which Serbs would exercise control over all spheres of authority and administration.

Witnesses Mandic and Jerkovic said they left Krupa in September 1995, when they were "deported from the area".

The trial is due to continue on April 7, 2010.
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