Thursday, January 17, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (January 17,2008) – At the trial of Serbian war criminals Mirko Todorovic and Milos Radic before the Bosnian State Court the defence evidence presentation process has started with the examination of Zivojin Milovcevic and Miladin Jovanovic. These witnesses were invited by Serbian war crimianal Mirko Todorovic's defence.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor considers that Serbian war criminals Mirko Todorovic and Milos Radic, together with four other genocidal Serbian aggressor's soldiers, attacked a group of 14 Bosnian civilians in Borkovac village near the eastern Bosnian town of Bratunac on May 20, 1992 during the early stages of the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia. After torturing, beating and pillaging the property of some of the Bosnian civilians, the genocidal Serbian aggressor took them to a nearby brook and murdered them.

Witness Zivojin Milovcevic,who is a Serbian living in Bosnia, said he had known Serbian war criminal Mirko Todorovic for more than 30 years.

"Mirko used to come to my coffee shop and I came to his grocery store," said the witness, describing this Serbian war criminal as "a hardworking and good man".

"Only those who have evil intentions can say bad things about Mirko. I know him as a good person," said the witness.

Milovcevic said that he did not know anything about the mass murder in Borkovac village, the witness added that "people say that Mirko allegedly was there, but he did not do any harm to anybody".

Speaking about Serbian war criminal Milos Radic, the witness said he heard that "he was digging his cornfield, when he was ordered to go to Borkovac".

"All people in Bratunac are surprised that this man is here [in court] now," said the witness, speaking of Serbian war criminal Milos Radic.

Second defence witness Miladin Jovanovic,who is also a Serbian living in Bosnia, said he had known both Serbian war criminals since their childhoods, but did not know anything about their military engagement.Jovanovic said he had heard of the mass murder of the Bosnian civilians in Borkovac, but he did not know any details about it.

Asked by the defence attorneys to describe Serbian war criminal Milos Radic's personality, Jovanovic said: "We have an expression for people like him – we say they are like little lambs". Asked by the prosecutor to clarify what it meant, he said that he was a "quiet, decent and shy man".

The trial of Serbian war criminals Mirko todorovic and milos Radic is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on January 21, when five more witnesses will be examined.

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