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3 February 2010
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Klickovic et al: Official Without Much Authority

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Testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic and Jovan Ostojic, Ljubomir Vukovic says the first indictee did not have much authority in Bosanska Krupa, but that the local Dispensary staff offered medical assistance to Bosniaks in Zalug village at Klickovic's request.
"Miroslav Vjestica, Mile Vojnovic, Dmitar Ciganovic and Teho had the authority in Krupa. (...) I think they had much more authority than Klickovic," said Vukovic, former Director of the Dispensary in Bosanska Krupa.

Miroslav Vjestica, Mile Vojnovic, Dmitar Ciganovic and Mile Drljaca, known as Teho, are cited in the Prosecution's indictment. The indictment alleges that they participated, in collaboration with Gojko Klickovic and Mladen Drljaca and other members of the Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, in a joint criminal enterprise, which began in the summer of 1991, with the aim of establishing the so-called Serbian municipality of Bosanska Krupa.

Klickovic, Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic are charged with having participated, together with members of the SDS Main Board, in a joint criminal enterprise whose aim was to link the parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina inhabited by Serbs and create "a separate state of Bosnian Serbs".

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges the three men with a number of crimes committed against the non-Serb population of Bosanska Krupa during 1992. Among other things, the indictment alleges that Muslim civilians were forcibly moved out of Arapusa, Velika Jasenica, Veliki Dubovik, Zalin, Potkalinje and  Zalug villages and Krupa town in May 1992, as per "a written order issued by Gojko Klickovic".

Witness Vukovic said they offered medical assistance to Zalug village residents, at Gojko Klickovic's request. He did not specify when this happened.  

"Mr. Klickovic called me and said that some old Muslim people had stayed in Zalug, asking us to go there and offer them medical assistance. We did as he asked. (...) Mr. Klickovic also said that all Muslims and Croats should continue working at the Dispensary after the conflicts had broken out," Vukovic said, adding that one Croat and one Bosniak were employed in the institutions for a certain period of time during the course of the war.    

He told the Court he had never heard anyone say anything bad about Klickovic, adding that he also knew Jovan Ostojic, who asked the Dispensary staff members to "offer medical assistance to everyone and respect the conventions".  

Vukovic said he lived in Bosanska Krupa during the course of the war. However, he said he found out that Joja Plavanjac killed 11 detainees in the "Petar Kocic" school building only after he had given a statement to the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina in December 2008.

"I heard that something allegedly happened in 1993 or 1994. I assumed this had happened in Jasenica and not in the school building in Krupa. When I gave my statement to the State Prosecution, I found out there were 11 people in the building and they were killed by Plavanjac," Vukovic said.

The indictment alleges that a person named Joja Plavanjac killed 11 Bosniak detainees, who belonged to the so-called "Joks" group, in the "Petar Kocic" school building in the first half of August 1992.

Miroslav Kljajic, who testified for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic, was a former employee at the Dispensary in Bosanska Krupa. He said that "local Muslims shot at the Serb population" on April 21, 1992, when the conflict had begun in the town, adding that some people were wounded and killed.

The witness said he used to go to Zalug village, accompanied by Ljubomir Vukovic, in order to provide assistance to the Muslim population. He said he did not know what function indictee Klickovic had during the war, but that he had "authority".  

The next hearing is due to take place on February 9.
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