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22 February 2008

Mejakic et al: Camp Safeguarding Plan

The Defence in the trial of four men accused of war crimes at the Omarska detention camp presented, as material evidence, a proposed plan on Safeguarding Services at the camp.
The Defence of Zeljko Mejakic, Momcilo Gruban and Dusko Knezevic presented the plan which covers police and military organisation, and highlighted the need to introduce changes that would lead to improvement of safeguarding of detainees.

The Proposed Plan on Safeguarding Services, made by Zeljko Mejakic in June 1992, was read by the indictee in the courtroom. The Plan indicates, among other things, that Omarska detention camp was "overcrowded", there was not a sufficient number of beds, women were placed in "a separate room" and three guard shifts were deployed as of June 4, 1992.

The State Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Mejakic, Gruban, Dusan Fustar and Knezevic with having participated in the murder, rape, torture and beating of Bosniaks and Croats forcibly detained at the Omarska and Keraterm detention camps during 1992.

The Proposed Plan suggested that the "safeguarding" of the detention camp would be provided by Territorial Defence members, who functioned in an "autonomous" manner and that "32 policemen needed to be on duty on each shift" in order to "prevent the escape of detainees and their injury", as well as registering them upon their arrival to Omarska.

Mejakic emphasised on that occasion, a request was made to either transfer detained women somewhere else or secure "more adequate conditions for them", as well as to provide sufficient quantity of food and hygienic supplies.

The Proposal was made at the request of Simo Drljaca, Commander of the Public Safety Centre in Prijedor, and it was submitted to him in June 1992. Drljaca was killed during an arrest operation in 1997.

Out of the 112 proposed pieces of evidence, the Trial Chamber accepted 99. The remainder were rejected due to their "irrelevance."

The Defence teams also presented, as material evidence, a list of army and police members killed during the attack on Prijedor, sketches of rooms in the Omarska detention camp drawn in 2004, and official notes on the release of prisoners from the detention camp among other things.

The Defence teams are due to continue presenting their material evidence on Tuesday, February 26.
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