Testifying at the trial of four indictees charged with genocide committed in Srebrenica, a Prosecution witness says that he guarded prisoners in a school building in Pilica, Zvornik municipality, adding that he heard later on that they were killed on Branjevo military farm.
Witness Savo Stevic, former member of the First Battalion with Zvornik Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, explained that he was tasked with guarding Srebrenica residents who were detained in the school building in Pilica in July 1995. He said he guarded the prisoners for a couple of hours while standing in front of one of the classrooms.
â€œI saw about seven or eight soldiers, who were accompanied by an officer, in front of the school gym in Pilica. They said they had come from Sarajevo. As I was going to fetch some water, I saw one of the soldiers going into the gym where the prisoners were held, and taking jewelry and money from them.
“When he came out he gave me 100 Marks and asked me to buy a case of beer. I refused to do that, telling him I do not drink alcohol. He then slapped me in the face,â€ witness Stevic said, adding that he saw one or two corpses in front of the school building.
The witness said that after having left the school building, he went to a cafe across the street from the Cultural Centre in Pilica, where he heard that some men from Srebrenica had been captured. He said that he later found out that those men were â€œkilled on the following dayâ€.
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina charges Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijan and Zoran Goronja with having participated in the murder of more than 800 Srebrenica residents on Branjevo military farm in Pilica in July 1995.
The indictment alleges that Kos was Commander of the First Bijeljina Squad, while Kojic, Golijan and Goronja were members of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad with the VRS Main Headquarters.
Stanko Kostic, former member of the First Battalion of the VRS Zvornik Brigade, also testified at this hearing. He said he saw Srebrenica residents being brought to the school building in Pilica.
The witness said that three days after the prisoners were brought to the school, an unknown soldier approached him, cursing his â€œSerb motherâ€, and asked him how to get to Branjevo military farm, Zvornik municipality.
Kostic told the Court that he got on a bus carrying the prisoners from the school building in Pilica, and gave directions to the driver on how to get to Branjevo farm.
â€œWhen we arrived at Branjevo military farm, a soldier forced me to get off the bus. I then stood in front of the gate for about half an hour. I heard shooting, but I did not see anything,â€ the witness said, adding that he went back on the same bus, but this time it was empty.
The two witnesses said they did not know any of the four indictees.
The trial is due to continue on April 5 this year, when the Prosecution will examine a new witness.