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11 November 2009
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Klickovic et al: Safe Resettlement of Muslims

BIRN BiH
Protected witness PWS 92, testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic and Jovan Ostojic, says that, as per an order issued by the wartime Presidency of Bosanska Krupa, he participated in the safe resettlement of "Muslims from Muslim Jasenica".
The protected witness was Commander of a battalion with the 11th Krupa Light Infantry Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, as of April 20, 1992. He said he could not remember any other orders issued by the wartime Presidency, except this one.

"I received an order to safely resettle Muslims from Muslim Jasenica. I realized their safety could not be guaranteed, so they had to be temporarily resettled in other locations. I engaged one squad to guard them as they moved out. In terms of security, the evacuation was conducted at the highest possible level. Thanks to the fact that the people had moved out, no tragic or major problems arose in that area," the witness said.

The State Prosecution charges Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic with crimes committed in the Bosanska Krupa area in 1992.

The indictment alleges that, on May 1, 1992, "as per a written order issued by Gojko Klickovic", the Muslim population was forcibly resettled from Arapusa, Velika Jasenica, Veliki Dubovik, Zalin and Potkalinje villages to Sanski most Municipality. The Prosecution contends that, at the time Klickovic performed, among others, the function of President of the Crisis Committee and wartime Presidency of the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa.

"When I first came to Jasenica, the Muslims were already ready. The tractors had been loaded. They wanted to go. One village resident told me they had asked for permission to go earlier," PWS 92 said.

The witness told the Court that, in mid July 1992 "a change of Brigade commanders took place", adding that Jovan Ostojic was appointed to the function at the time.

'He was well received. The people got to like him. (...) As a soldier, he was exceptional, professional and responsible. He was a good person," the witness said.

PWS 92 said he heard that Bosniaks were detained in the school building in Jasenica, but that they were soon exchanged. However, he said he did not know anything about keeping detainees in the "Petar Kocic" school building in Krupa.

"I have never heard of any prisoners being held in Krupa. Just before the end of the war, I heard about an incident involving Joja Plavanjac, but I still do not know what actually happened," the witness said, adding that he was "confident" Plavanjac was engaged with military forces at the time.

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

The trial is due to continue on November 17 and 18, when the Defence will examine military expert Radovan Radinovic, as a court expert.
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