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Speaker of the Srpska National Assembly, Nedeljko Cubrilovic, has said that the victims’ families and representatives of Srpska institutions and veterans’ associations not being able for security reasons to go to a place of suffering of JNA members in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo 25 years after the crime and 22 years after the war to pay tribute to the innocent victims is devastating and disheartening fact.“The Yugoslav People’s Army /JNA/ soldiers who were peacefully withdrawing did nothing wrong. We must not allow this crime to fall into oblivion,” said Cubrilovic.
He has noted that for the sake of peace, stability and a better future of the country it must established who ordered and who committed this crime in order to bring all these people to justice, announced the National Assembly of Republika Srpska.
“It is a sad fact that even 25 years after this crime there is no criminal proceedings against those responsible for the cowardly liquidation of the soldiers in retreat, although there is no doubt that it was an organised, planned and designed crime,” said Cubrilovic.
He has once again called on the judicial institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina to finally prosecute those responsible for the murder of innocent soldiers.
In early May 1992, a crime against innocent soldiers, officers and civilian personnel serving in the JNA, was committed during previously agreed, peaceful withdrawal from Sarajevo by members of the so-called Army of BiH, Territorial Defence and paramilitary Muslim phalanxes commanded by convicted pre-war criminals of Sarajevo underground.
For only a few days they brutally murdered 42 JNA members, 71 were wounded, while 207 were captured.
The crime committed by Muslim paramilitary armed formations against members of the JNA on May 2 and 3, 1992 in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo, is one of the first and bloodiest crimes against Serbs in the last defensive-patriotic war, whose wounds still hurt because victims’ families have never received legal satisfaction, and the federal authorities have never allowed the installation of a memorial plaque dedicated to the innocent victims at the crime scene.
This year, the Srpska Government’s Committee for Fostering the Traditions of Liberation Wars has decided to mark the Dobrovoljacka crime on May 3, on the day of the suffering of JNA members, only in Miljevici in Istocno Sarajevo, not in federal Sarajevo, and that decision is forced by the behavior of the cantonal and federal authorities.