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16 June 2010
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Klickovic et al: Saving People and Goods

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A legal expert testifies as an expert witness at the trial of three indictees, who are charged with crimes in Bosanska Krupa and says the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa was established in line with the laws of that time.
Radomir Lukic, a legal expert, who was examined by the Defence of Gojko Klickovic and Mladen Drljaca, presented his findings and opinion about the activities of the wartime presidencies and crisis committees during the 1992-1995 war. He said the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa was established “in line with the existing regulations“.

“The regulations that were in force at that time allowed for the establishment of new municipalities, or for their separation from existing ones.  A referendum was held in Krupa and it was followed by the establishment of the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa,” Lukic said, adding the municipality covered the territory that belonged to Serbs.

Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic are charged with the persecution, murder, forcible resettlement, detention, torture and other crimes committed against the non-Serb population in Bosanska Krupa.

The indictment alleges that Klickovic was Commander of the Crisis Committee and President of the wartime Presidency of the Serb municipality of Bosanska Krupa. Drljaca was President of the Temporary Court Martial and Prisoner Exchange Commission in the municipality and Ostojic was Commander of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade in Krupa.

The Prosecution claims that Drljaca was member of the Crisis Committee and wartime Presidency of the Serbian municipality of Bosanska Krupa.

Lukic explained that the wartime presidencies were not authorised to issue orders to the Army, adding evacuations of civilians were legal.

“By law, municipalities can decide to evacuate the population from vulnerable areas. Evacuation is prescribed by the law as a measure for saving people and goods,” the expert witness said.

The Prosecution claims that Bosniak civilians were forcibly resettled from the Bosanska Krupa area to Bihac and Sanski most, “as per a written order issued by Gojko Klickovic”, in May 1992.

The indictment further alleges that “Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic’s actual control”, conducted an attack on Krupa town and Ostruznica on April 21, 1992. The attack allegedly resulted in the death of at least 17 people and the wounding of at least another 14.

The trial is due to continue on June 29, 2010.
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