Thursday, March 27, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (March 27,2008) - At the plea hearing before the Section I for War Crimes of the Bosnian State Court, Serbian war criminal Jovan Ostojic pleaded not guilty yesterday.He is charged with crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

As alleged in the indictment, Serbian war criminal Ostojic, as Commander of a genocidal Serbian paramilitary unit, in the period from July 14, 1992 until December 31, 1992, together with other Serbian aggressor's soldiers participated in a joint criminal enterprise in Bosanska Krupa.

As alleged in the indictment, during the period from July 14 and August 21, 1992, at least 36 Bosnian civilians, were detained by this genocidal Serbian aggressor's paramilitary unit in a school building in Bosanska Krupa.

Several detained Bosnian civilians were repeatedly severely beaten by the Serbian aggressor's soldiers who were subordinated to Serbian war criminal Jovan Ostojic, as alleged in the indictment.

The detained Bosnian civilians were regularly forced to perform labor including removing corpses, digging trenches and cleaning the streets in Bosanska Krupa, being intentionally exposed to dangers to life. As further alleged in the indictment, on or about July 28, 1992, some guards subordinated to Serbian war criminal Jovan Ostojic, gave a poison to one detained Bosnian civilian who died two days later.

On or about August 12, 1992, as alleged in the indictment, one of the guards subordinated to Serbian war criminal Jovan Ostojic, murdered 11 Bosnian civilians by firearm. On August 21, 1992 all of the detained Bosnian civilians who had remained at this school building in Bosanska Krupa, 20 of them, were blindfolded and brutally tortured.

Later on, the detainees were allegedly transferred to the concentrationn camp in Kamenica where they were detained until November 3, 1992. During this period they were further abused and at least four of them were murdered by the genocidal Serbian aggressor.

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