Wednesday, November 28, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 28,2007) - Protected prosecution witness,a Foca concentration camp survivor, stated before the Bosnian State Court yesterday to have been taken to the Foca concentration camp by the genocidal Serbian aggressor in April 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia, and to have been held in the Foca concentration camp for four months.

"Prisoners would be taken out for examinations and they never came back. This happened at night. They were taken away by the guards. After that, we would hear shooting and that was it. Execution. We called them 'the black nights'," the witness recalled.

Serbian war criminals Mitar Rasevic and Savo Todovic are charged, on the basis of individual and command responsibility, with having committed crimes against Bosnian civilians detained by the genocidal Serbian aggressor in the Foca concentration camp. The Bosnian State Prosecutor considers that Rasevic was guard commander, while Todovic was deputy concentration camp commander.

On August 31, 1992, the witness was taken by the Serbian aggressor, "together with more than 50" other Bosnian civilians, "for exchange in the direction of Montenegro".

"They first took us all out and then returned us to one room. A policeman holding a list in his hand came and called out half of the people in the room, mainly the young ones. The rest of us were taken to Montenegro by bus. I do not know what happened with the first group of people. Only those who took them away know that," the witness said.

The indictment alleges that, at the end of August 1992, Serbian war criminal Savo Todovic "personally saw off 55 prisoners". The indictment further alleges that, the following day, a group of 35 elderly and sick Bosnian civilians was taken by the gnocidal Serbian aggressor to Montenegro, while the remaining 20 "were taken in an unknown direction".

The Bosnian State Prosecutor announced that it would examine an additional witness, "who is not able to appear before the court at present". This witness' statement will refer to Serbian war criminal Savo Todovic.

Although the Prosecution proposed to examine two more witnesses, the Trial Chamber of the Bosnian State Court sustained the defence's objection and therefore refused the proposal, explaining that the testimonies of those witnesses "are not interesting and relevant at this stage".

As per a decision made by the Trial Chamber, Serbian war criminal Mitar Rasevic's defence team is expected to start presenting evidence at the next hearing, scheduled on December 4.

His Defence attorney Slavisa Prodanovic announced that he was planning to present evidence for three days and that he intended to begin the evidence presentation by examining the indictee.

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