Monday, April 28, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (April 28,2008) - Four Prosecution witnesses testified on Friday before the Bosnian State Court at the trial of Serbian war criminal Predrag Kujundzic.They said, with tears in their eyes, how their husbands were taken by the genocidal Serbian aggressor from Bukovacke Civcije, in Doboj municipality, to a concentration camp and how they found out about their deaths.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges Serbian war criminal Predrag 'Predo' Kujundzic, as commander of a genocidal Serbian fascist paramilitary unit, with having participated in the occupation of Bukovacke Civcije village, demolition of the local mosque and abuse and taking around 160 Bosnian civilians to a concentration camp in Doboj on June 12, 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

The witnesses said that, on that day "the Serbian army" came to their village and "mined the mosque" and then took all men "in the direction of Doboj" by buses.

"I found out that my husband was used as a live shield and that he died in Makljenovac place on July 12, 1992," said Senada Ahmic in the courtroom. She added that the body of her husband and 12 other neighbours were exhumed in 1998.

The story told by second witness Vahida Sehic was similar to this one. She said that her husband's cousin told her that her husband was "no longer with us" and that he was used as human shield and killed.

The indictment alleges that Serbian war criminal Predrag Kujundzic participated in taking 50 detained Bosnian civilians from a concentration camp near Doboj and "using them as human shields" in Makljenovac, where at least 16 of them were killed.

Witness Ferida Ahmic said that the genocidal Serbian aggressor detained her husband Zijad and son Nermin to a concentration camp and that she saw Zijad for the last time one day before he was killed, when he was brought by the genocidal Serbian fascists to a place near their house to perform some forced labor.

"He said that there was going to be some exchange, but it did not happen. They used them as human shields. My son survived and he said that they were half-naked, when they lined them in five rows. When the shooting started, people started falling dead and he also fell down with them. He was wounded, but he survived," said Ferida Ahmic, adding that her husband and 13 residents of Bukovacke Civcije village were killed on that day.

Ahmic claims to have heard, the day when her husband was taken away, that "Predo and his Unit" came to their village. Answering the Prosecutor's additional question, she explained that she was talking about Serbian war criminal Predrag "Predo" Kujundzic.

Witness Rukija Mujanovic also spoke about the war crimes committed by the genocidal Serbian aggressor in Bukovacke Civcije, describing her last meeting with her husband.

"My husband used to work in Kotorsko and my daughter asked if we could go and see the bus, in which her father was. The bus stopped for one second only and we managed to see him. And then it left," Mujanovic said. Later on she found out that her husband was used as a human shield and that he was killed on July 12.

"A neighbour, who was released, told me: 'Meho was killed. He is not coming back home,'" the witness said with tears in her eyes.

The witnesses said that the remaining residents of Bukovacke Civcije were forced by the genocidal Serbian fascists to perform forced labor, including digging and cherry picking, every day as of June 12, 1992.

"We dug every day, from dusk till dawn. Every morning we had to bring our picks and food for one day and come to the mosque. A truck would then come and they would load us on it," said witness Vahida Sehic.

As mentioned by the witnesses, when leaving Bukovacke Civcije in mid 1993, all residents were forced by the genocidal Serbian aggressor to sign a statement waiving their property "voluntarily".

The trial of Serbian war criminal Predrag Kujundzic is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on May 7.

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