The director of the Republika Srpska Centre for the Investigation of War and War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons, Milorad Kojic, feels that mortal remains should be re-examined in order to determine the exact number of Bosniaks killed in Srebrenica and Tomasica near Prijedor.
“Only the re-examination of mortal remains can give a true answer to obvious manipulations with the number of killed Bosniaks,” Kojic told SRNA.
When it comes to Srebrenica, Kojic stressed that rulings handed down to Serbs by the ICTY mention different numbers of killed Bosniaks, which raises a doubt about the veracity of the number of killed Bosniaks which is inscribed in the Potocari Memorial Centre.
“The same manipulation is obvious when it comes to the grave in Tomasica near Prijedor,” Kojic said.
He said that the BiH Missing Persons Institute should establish a central record of missing persons which should give an answer to the question about a total number of missing persons, but unfortunately, this has not been done up to date.
Kojic stressed that the central record of missing persons should contain data on the personal identity number of a missing person, their status and circumstances of their disappearance and their ethnicity.
“It is particularly worrying that some persistently avoid entering data on a personal identity number into the central record of missing persons since this is the identity of every person, even though this is stipulated by the BiH Law on Missing Persons and bylaws, which raises a doubt that this is about some manipulations,” Kojic has concluded.
At the trial of Gen. Ratko Mladic before the ICTY, forensic medicine expert Zoran Stankovic challenged the findings of pathologists who examined the bodies from the graves which the ICTY prosecutors connect to the events in Srebrenica of July 1995.
Stankovic pointed out that the pathologists could not have determined with full certainty the cause of death because there was not enough soft tissue on the most of the bodies, which were discovered “skeletonised” of “saponified.”
He explained that such mortal remains cannot give an answer to the question whether the injuries were inflicted while the victim was alive or after their death.
Stankovic said that bodies from the grave in Tomasica near Prijedor should be re-examined because of the inconsistencies he noted in the findings of the prosecution’s pathologists.