Two more Prosecution witnesses recall the seizure of civilians from the Nevesinje area and the alleged role of the two indictees.
Prosecution witness Emira Voloder said that Krsto Savic and Milko Mucibabic were present and gave orders when she was detained and deported, together with other Nevesinje residents.
Voloder said that the others “told” her about them being present there and issuing orders.
The State Prosecution charges Savic, former chief of the Safety Services Centre in Trebinje, and Mucibabic, a policeman from Nevesinje, with having participated in the deportation, forced disappearances, murder, rape and detention of Bosniaks in the course of 1992.
Voloder said that she was detained, just like “about 15 other people,” in the former tools factory named Alatnica, after Bosnian Serbs Army soldiers captured her, her husband and their five and a half months old baby in Bakracuse village on June 16, 1992.
“The Serbian soldiers loaded us onto a truck and drove us to the cinema hall in Nevesinje. Some women, who had been waiting for us in front of the hall, started throwing stones at us,” Voloder said.
After women and children were separated from men, she was detained in ‘Alatnica.’ As indicated by Voloder, she “heard” that Krsto Savic gave an order to the soldiers to transfer the civilians, who were standing in front of the cinema hall to the police station, where they were separated. She said she did not know Savic.
“I stayed there for one day and night, before going into the Army premises and asking them to either kill or release me. After they released me, I took my baby and I went to my apartment in Nevesinje. Some family had already moved into my apartment and they told me I could not stay there. I went to my aunt’s,” the witness said.
She said that, some time later, Bosniaks were invited to gather in front of the Military Department building. Voloder claims to have “heard a refugee woman say” that Milko Mucibabic invited Bosniaks, via a public address system, to gather there. After that, some were taken to detention camps while others were exchanged.
“When we saw those people gathering there, I went out with my baby, my aunt and one more woman. They picked us up in two buses and drove us to Busak village. We walked across the division lines to the other side. They started shooting at us. One child and one old man, Omer Zolj, were wounded,” witness Voloder recalled.
Voloder added that he aunt, who could no longer walk, stayed behind. After the war they “found her remains, which were not buried,” at that location.
Second Prosecution witness G testified under protection measures and, partially, with no presence of the public.
At the open part of the hearing, the witness said that he and a few other prisoners, including women and children, were brought to the police station in Nevesinje and detained in the basement.
“Upon our arrival to the police station, they separated women and children from men. They took 15 of us to some room, where we had water but we did not get any food. The detainees were taken for an examination one by one. I was examined by two policemen, who asked me about my weapons, the whereabouts of the ‘Green Berets’, and so on,” witness G said.
After having spent two days and two nights in there, the detainees were transferred to the barracks in Bileca.
“I stayed there for 55 days, before being exchanged,” the witness said.
The trial is due to continue on July 9.