Banjaluka, September 7 – The Republika Srpska Cabinet should include September 10, the date marking the sufferings of the Serbian people in the area of Ozren and Vozuca, in the events of republic importance, the president of the Republika Srpska Organisation of Families of Captured and Killed Soldiers and Missing Civilians, Nedeljko Mitrovic, told SRNA.
“We started marking it 10 years ago on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, and we particularly wanted to accept this date because it should have been of international importance,” Mitrovic said.
He says that the sufferings of the Serbian people in the area of Ozren and Vozuca in September 1995 are an example of a local genocide since all were killed without exception.
Mitrovic feels it would be justified to demand that the prosecution of crimes against Serbs on Mount Ozren be transferred to the Doboj District Court.
“At least two men are responsible for this case – the then commander of the 3rd Corps of the so-called Army of BiH, Sakib Mahmuljan, and the head of the Zenica Centre of Security Services, Sefik Dzaferovic. The case should be transferred to the Doboj District Court for speed and fairness of the proceedings,” Mitrovic said.
According to him, there are no results in the search for missing Serbs in this area.
“Less than ten people have been found since the BiH Missing Persons Institute started operations. We even had five or six bodies which remained on the surface of the ground for a long time and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office procrastinated with giving an order for the cleaning of the terrain, which speaks enough of it,” Mitrovic said.
He said that 459 Serbian soldiers were captured on Mount Ozren, 49 of whom were exchanged, 271 were identified and 131 are still listed as missing.
“The fact that of the 21 exhumed persons, 17 were beheaded, speaks of the monstrosity of the crimes. The bodies were relocated, as was the case with the grave in Gostovic, from where the bodies of 23 soldiers massacred by mujahideen were removed and were later discovered along the Krivaja River near Zavidovici,” Mitrovic said.
The president of the Republika Srpska Association of Women War Victims, Bozica Zivkovic Rajilic, feels that it is an obligation of Republika Srpska to characterise the crimes on Mount Ozren as genocide and to include the marking of these sufferings in the events of republic importance.
She said that the opposing sides from the past war have different data on the killings of civilians.
“However, at the trial of the chief of staff of the so-called Army of BiH, Rasim Delic, it was accepted as proof by the ICTY that both soldiers and civilians were killed. The incarceration of three Serbian women in a shed in the Kamenica camp was described in detail. They were held separately from Republika Srpska Army soldiers and were horribly tortured, beaten and subjected to other forms of psychological and physical torture, even to electric shocks,” Rajilic said.
She says that the sentence for these tortures and killings was inappropriately low and stresses that many documents were not even considered, and that had that been done, the number of killed civilians would have been much greater.
“Mujahideen warriors in the Army of BiH are known, but foreign representatives and the public, and the BiH Court and Prosecutor’s Office feel that no one is to be blamed and they do not recognise the Serbian victims,” Rajilic said.