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16 March 2010
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Klickovic et al: Disciplining of Serbs

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Gojko Klickovic, one of the indictees charged with crimes committed in Bosanska Krupa, continues presenting material evidence, arguing that Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced "aggression from outside and an attack from inside".
"After a decision had been made, in April 1992, on mobilization in the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, SRBiH, disciplining of Serbs started, because they did not accept the referendum. Serbs did not have a state of their own at the time, so they were exposed to aggression from outside and attack from inside, due to the fact that they had rebelled. The same thing happened in Bosanska Krupa," Klickovic said.

The referendum on independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina was conducted on February 29 and March 1, 1992. Most Serbs did not participate in the referendum. A short time later the conflict broke out.

Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic are charged with participation in a number of crimes committed in the Bosanska Krupa area during 1992. The Prosecution claims that "Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic's actual control", conducted an infantry and artillery attack against Muslim civilians in Krupa town and Ostruznica on April 21, 1992. It alleges that the attack resulted in the death of at least 17 people and the wounding of at least 14 people.

Klickovic's Defence is seeking to prove that "Muslim forces" attacked Krupa, forcing the Serb population to leave the area in 1995.

Presenting his material evidence, Klickovic said that, despite being "the majority and in a superior position", Serbs did not attack "their Bosniak neighbours" in the Krupa area during 1992. He said the evacuation of Bosniaks civilians, conducted in May 1992, was not based on "discriminatory intentions".

The indictment alleges that Bosniak civilians were forcibly resettled from Zaluge, Arapusa, Potkalinje, Velika Jasenica, Veliki Dubovik, Zalin and Bosanska Krupa town to the Bihac and Sanski most area on May 1 and May 24, 1992, in line with "a written order issued by Gojko Klickovic".  

At this hearing protected witness A8 testified for the Defence of Klickovic. He said that, in May 1992 most Bosniaks wanted to leave the Krupa area because they were afraid for their safety and feared "unknown people".

The witness said he had not heard of any crimes committed by Gojko Klickovic in that area during the course of 1992.

The trial is due to continue on March 17, 2010.
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