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27 January 2010

Klickovic et al: Reception Center in Bosanska Krupa


Milan Krnetic, testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic and Jovan Ostojic, says he assumes that "the civil authorities" in Bosanska Krupa were responsible for detainees who were held in the "Petar Kocic" school building in that town.

"I think the civil authorities made decisions concerning the 'Petar Kocic' school building, where people were detained, because the Army was not responsible for it at the time and it did not question prisoners-of-war or civilians," said Krnetic, former Assistant Chief for Security with the Krupa Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic with crimes committed in Bosanska Krupa, including, among other things, the forcible detention and physical and mental abuse of tens of Bosniaks who were held in the "Petar Kocic" school building.

Among other functions, Klickovic performed the function of President of the wartime Presidency in Krupa at the time, Drljaca was a member of the wartime Presidency and Crisis Committee, and Ostojic was Commander of Light Infantry Brigade in Krupa.

Krnetic said he thought the detainees who were held in the "Petar Kocic" school building were civilians, because if they had been soldiers the Security Chief would have known about them. He said he therefore supposed that "civilian policemen guarded them".

"Had they been soldiers, the Brigade's Command would have known about them," he said.

Krnetic recalled having heard from someone after the war that a soldier came to the prison and "killed some men" in revenge for his mother's death.

The indictment alleges that a person named Joja Plavanjac killed 11 prisoners, mostly young men, in Krupa at the beginning of August 1992, after his mother had been killed.

Slavko Ilic, who appeared as the second witness for the Defence of Klickovic and Ostojic, said he was "engaged" at the Police Station in Krupa a few days after "the conflict in Bosanska Krupa" on April 21, 1992. He said it was the Safety Services Center in Banja Luka and not indictee Klickovic who appointed him as Deputy Commander.

This witness testified for the Prosecution in November 2008, when he spoke about the participation of police in the events that took place in Bosanska Krupa during 1992.

At this hearing Ilic said he knew that "a certain number of citizens stayed in the 'Petar Kocic' school," adding that they were "housed in the building while waiting to be exchanged".

"I think a detention unit was formed in the 'Petar Kocic' school building in May 1992. I know that police forces carried out a few shifts, securing the place and not letting anyone go inside. Later they withdrew from the place. Military policemen stayed there afterwards," the witness said, adding that this was not a prison but a "reception center".

Ilic said he had never heard of anyone being mistreated in the school building. He said he heard about the murder committed by Joja Plavanjac "in autumn 1995".

"I wondered how something like that could have happened without us knowing about it. Nobody spoke about it," the witness recalled.

When asked by the Trial Chamber whether the civil authorities in Krupa were superior, in any way, to the police forces, Ilic said he did "not notice the superiority and it must have not existed".

The indictment alleges that Klickovic helped in planning, preparing and committing crimes, among other things, by establishing control over the Serb police and territorial defence units, which participated in the execution of a joint criminal enterprise.

The trial is due to continue on February 2, when another witness will testify for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic.
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