Tuesday, May 27, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (May 27,2008) – Prosecution witnesses Dika Suljic and Ismeta Pervan testified yesterday before the Bosnian State Court at the trial of Serbian war criminals Ratko Bundalo,Nedjo Zeljaja and Djordjislav Askraba about sexual abuse of Bosnian women by the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor and the participation of Serbian war criminals Djordjislav Askraba and Nedjo Zeljaja in the capture and forcible detention of Bosnian civilians from the Bosnian town of Kalinovik by the genocidal paramilitary fascist formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS), during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

"Our neighbours (Serbians living in Bosnia), who were armed and uniformed, came to pick us up on August 2, 1992. They first took us to the elementary school building in Kalinovik. When we came there, some women from Gacko had already been there. Slavko, Zaga and another soldier drove seven of us by a truck to Miljevina. The four girls from Gacko were 14 to 18 years old, while the three of us from Jelesac were adults. I was raped, but I cannot speak about that," witness Pervan said through tears.

The Bosnian State Prosecutor charges Serbian war criminals Ratko Bundalo, Nedjo Zeljaja and Djordjislav Askraba with crimes committed against Bosnian civilians from Kalinovik in 1992 and 1993,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Serbian war criminal Dragoljub Kunarac, also known as "Zaga", to 28 years imprisonment for torture,rape and unlawful detention of Bosnian civilians in the eastern Bosnian town of Foca.

"In June 1992 Sasa Cerovina came to our house and asked for my father. I could have hid him, but I was naïve and I asked him to come out. My father said a final goodbye to us and he got on the truck. Zeljaja, who had already been on the truck, told him that they were taking him to an interview and that he would be back home the same night," Pervan said.

According to this witness, the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor took her father and a group of other Bosnian civilians from Jelesac village to the "Barutni magacin" concentration camp, where Pervan saw Serbian war criminal Djordjislav Askraba, who was "the chief".

"In the beginning I used to bring clothes and food to my father in 'Barutni magacin'. However, after some time Askraba did not let us do that any more, as he was the boss there. The last time I saw my father he was wearing a blue pullover and he just waved to me," Pervan told the Bosnian State Court.

The examination of second Prosecution witness Dika Suljic, who began her testimony before the Bosnian State Court on Monday, May 19, took place, as requested by the Court, with no members of the public present, so as to "protect the personal and intimate life of the witness", who spoke about the sexual abuse of Bosnian women by the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor.

The trial of Serbian war criminals Ratko Bundalo,Nedjo Zeljaja and Djordjislav Askraba is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on Thursday, May 29.

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