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2 February 2010
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Klickovic et al: Unbinding Decisions

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A witness testifying for the Defence of Gojko Klickovic claims that the decisions made by the Assembly of the Serbian municipality of Bosanska Krupa pertaining to appropriation of property owned by Bosniaks and "Serbian deserters" were not binding, adding they were not implemented because they were not "based on law".

"Refugees who came to Bosanska Krupa were accommodated in abandoned Muslim houses. They were given the land owned by former agricultural cooperatives to use it. We issued the temporary use decisions, in 1992 and 1993, on the basis of provisions defined by the then authorities," said Mladen Strbac, former Director of the Geodetic and Legal Property Affairs Directorate in Krupa na Uni (Bosanska Krupa).

Strbac said the Assembly also made decisions on "appropriation of property owned by Muslims and Serb deserters and decisions banning Serbs from returning to the town", but those decisions were not implemented because they were "not binding".  

This witness testified at the trial of Gojko Klickovic, Mladen Drljaca and Jovan Ostojic, who are charged with a number of crimes committed in Bosanska Krupa in 1992. The three indictees are charged, among other things, with having participated, in collaboration with other members of the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, in the Serbian municipality of Bosanska Krupa in a joint criminal enterprise. which began in the summer of 1991.  

The indictment alleges that the goal of the joint criminal enterprise was to establish an area in which Serbs would represent an absolute majority and exercise "control in all spheres of governance and administration".

Witness Strbac said he was not present in Krupa when the conflict began in the town on April 21, 1992, adding that he found out a few years ago that a person named Joja Plavanjac "killed or mistreated some people".

"I do not know what the 'Petar Kocic' school building was used for during the war. In that period I was preoccupied because my wife was sick. (...) A few years ago I heard that Plavanjac had found and killed or mistreated some Muslims in revenge for his mother's death," Strbac said.

The indictment alleges that Bosniaks were detained in the "Petar Kocic" school building in Krupa for some time. It further alleges that a person named Joja Plavanjac killed a group of detainees in that building in the first half of August 1992.

The trial is due to continue on February 3.

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