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15 December 2009
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Klickovic et al: Influential People From Krupa

BIRN BiH
A former Commander of the Territorial Defence in Bosanska Krupa says that Gojko Klickovic was one of "the influential people" in that town, adding that he heard that Mladen Drljaca "questioned" prisoners of war "a little bit" before the Court in Jasenica.
Milan Strbac, known as Bijeli, former Commander of the Territorial Defence in Krupa and a member of the town's wartime Presidency, said that the Serbs were afraid of "the dominant Muslim population", adding that he was aware of "the military detention unit", in which, according to the indictment, Bosniaks were detained.

"In the 'Petar Kocic' school building a military detention unit was established. Prisoners-of-war and soldiers who had deserted were detained in it. I do not think this was a prison, because they were under surveillance. At the beginning of the conflict a court was formed in Jasenica. Mladen Drljaca, Mirko Orelj and Dmitar Ciganovic questioned people a little bit to see who was going to be exchanged and who would be detained," Strbac said, testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic.

This witness said that Klickovic was one of the "influential people" in Bosanska Krupa, just like other people who performed senior military or civil functions.

Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic are charged with crimes against humanity committed in Bosanska Krupa in 1992.

The Prosecution claims that the three indictees, in collaboration with witness Strbac, Orelj, Ciganovic and other members of the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, in the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa, participated in a joint criminal enterprise, which began in the summer of 1991, with the aim of creating territories exclusively inhabited by Serbs to be "controlled in all spheres of authority and governance" by that body.

Strbac said it was not until the end of the war that he found out about the murder of men in the "Petar Kocic" school building in Krupa, because "nobody spoke" about it before. He explained that he did not know about the crime when it was committed, because he was not present in Krupa, although he also stated that he does not know when it was committed.

The indictment alleges that, at the beginning of August 1992, a person named Joja Plavanjac killed 11 male detainees in the "Petar Kocic" school building.

The witness said that the Commander of the Military Police Squad in Krupa, who was his subordinate, made a decision to use the school building as a detention unit. He said that he was subordinate to Zdravko Marceta, "who was the boss" of the Territorial Defence in Krupa.

Zdravko Marceta testified for the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of December 2008. He said, among other things, that the Brigade was aware of the murder committed in the school building in Krupa, adding that Gojko Klickovic was one of "the leaders" in the town.

As alleged by Strbac, "Muslim forces" attacked Krupa town on April 21, 1992, but the Serb units managed to "defend the town" within the next few hours.

"Our strategy was to defend Krupa. Our preparations were made to that effect. Serbs were outnumbered by the Muslims forces in that area, so we were afraid of them. Prior to the conflict breaking out, we started spontaneously organizing ourselves, because we noticed something was coming," Strbac said.

The Prosecution claims that on April 21, 1992 "Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic's actual control", started an attack against the Muslim civilians in Krupa and Ostruznica towns, which lasted for several days.

The trial is due to continue on December 16, 2009.
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