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7 May 2008
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Mejakic et al: Proving the third indictee's identity

BIRN BiH
An additional Prosecution witness speaks about the personal data of his brother, who died in 1993 and who had the same first and last name as the third indictee.

Borislav Knezevic, additional Prosecution witness at the trial of the three indictees, who are charged with crimes at the Omarska and Keraterm detention camps, spoke about the personal data of his late brother, who had the same first and last name as indictee Dusko Knezevic.

"My brother Dusko Knezevic was born in 1967. He lived in Prijedor until 1993, when he deceased. Close family members used to call him Dusko or Dule. He completed catering and trading school, but he never worked as a waiter," said Borislav Knezevic, handing his brother's military record to the Trial Chamber.

In the course of the evidence presenting, the Defence of indictee Dusko "Duca" Knezevic tried to prove that its client was not the same person, who was mentioned in the indictment, and that there had been a mix-up of identities.

The Prosecution of BiH charges Knezevic, Zeljko Mejakic and Momcilo Gruban with the murder, rape, beating and forcible detention of Bosniaks and Croats in Omarska and Keraterm detention camps in 1992.

The indictment alleges Knezevic was born in 1967 and he was a waiter.

In the course of direct examination, Borislav said that his brother was "an ordinary soldier and a member of a Banja Luka-based unit in 1991" and that he was "exempt from the military service, as a medical commission declared him incapable of performing military service."

Knezevic's Defence did not have any questions for this witness.

The trial is due to continue on May 12.

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