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BiH prosecution witness Nedjo Pecanac has said at the trial of the commander of the 3rd Corps of the so-called Army of BiH, Sakib Mahmuljan, that after he was taken captive, he and his comrades, members of the Republika Srpska Army, suffered horrific tortures at the hands of Mujahideen in their camp in 1995.
At the trial of Mahmuljan for crimes against imprisoned Serbian civilians and soldiers in the area of Zavidovici and Vozuca in 1995, Pecanac has said that after an attack by the Muslim Army in September 1995, Serbian soldiers were forced to withdraw from their positions through the woods, but could not remember the name of a place where they were taken captive and where they were taken afterwards.
“While we were hiding in a pit, we saw soldiers coming towards us. Some of them had beards and spoke in a foreign language. We knew they were mujahideen. They captured us and first took us to a village, and later to a mujahideen camp,” Pecanac has said.
He has said that there were several tents in the camp and two-three houses, and that they were incarcerated in one of the houses, upstairs.
“They tied us up and mujahideen questioned us and beat us with a rod, rifle butts, metal pipes. They hurt us badly and we were all swollen. Once a mujahideen hit me so hard, that I fell down the stairs,” Pecanac has said.
He says that they spent some ten days in the camp, after which a [Bosnian] Muslim took them to the Zenica Correctional Facility.
“To tell you the truth, I was glad that we were taken to Zenica, to our Muslims,” Pecanac told the Court.
He has said that they were questioned in Zenica also, but they were afraid to speak about tortures they suffered at the hands of mujahideen in their camp.
Another prosecution witness, Boro Glavic, was prevented from attending the trial today due to illness.
The indictment says that Mahmuljan, while the commander of the 3rd Corps of the BiH Army, under whose command was the El Mujahideen Detachment, did not take any action to prevent the commission of crimes by members of this Detachment against Serbian prisoners of war and civilians during a military operation in the wider area of Zavidovici and Vozuca in 1995.
The trial will resume on December 28.