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7 April 2010

Klickovic et al: Stories on Detention and Deportation of Bosniaks

Ramiz Drekovic, testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic, says he "heard people talking" about the crimes against Bosniaks in Bosanska Krupa, but he did not receive "any official information about them".
"I heard different stories about people being detained in Jasenica detention camp or Bosniaks being deported. I was never officially informed about it. I do not have any official information about those things," said Ramiz Drekovic, who was Commander of the Una-Sana Operational Group with the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina from April to October 1992.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic with crimes committed against non-Serbs from Bosanska Krupa in 1992. The indictment alleges that civilians and soldiers were detained in school buildings in Jasenica and Bosanska Krupa during April and May 1992. It further alleges that the detainees were beaten up and taken to other locations to perform forced labour.

The Prosecution contends that, "as per a written order issued by Gojko Klickovic", Bosniak civilians were forcibly resettled from Krupa town, Arapusa, Zaluge, Potkalinje, Veliki Dubovik, Velika Jasenica and Zalin, to the Bihac and Sanski most area in May 1992.

Drekovic said he "was informed" that Serb forces attacked Bosanska Krupa on April 21, 1992, adding that some people fled the town while others stayed.

"My mother-in-law was among the people who stayed in the town. She was transferred to Jasenica. She lived in bad conditions. She lost hope, but she said she was not mistreated," Drekovic said.

The indictment alleges that "Serb forces, which were under Gojko Klickovic's actual control", commenced an attack on Krupa town and Ostruznica on April 21, 1992. It is alleged that at least 17 people were killed and at least 14 were wounded during the attack.

Slavko Latinovic, the second witness for the first indictee's Defence, said the atmosphere in the town prior to April 21, 1992 "was not good" and people were scared.

"On that day (April 21) I met some guys who said they were members of the Territorial Defence from Sarajevo. In the early evening we could hear shooting. We spent the night in some sort of fear. I left Bosanska Krupa and went to Suvaja in the evening hours on the next day," Latinovic said.

The witness said he met Gojko Klickovic a few days later, adding that he told Klickovic there were "many Serb and Bosniak refugees" in Suvaja.

"He asked me if I would like to help those people by becoming the town Commander. Klickovic gave me instructions on how to organize everything," the witness said, explaining that he focused on providing food for the refugees.

The trial is due to continue on April 13, when the first indictee's Defence will examine three more witnesses.
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