Wednesday, August 20, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (August 20,2008) - Two Prosecution witnesses, who testified today at the trial of Serbian war criminal Momir Savic, said before Bosnian State Court that he personally ordered the deportation of Bosnian civilians from Drinsko settlement in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad in May 1992,during the early stages of the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

"Momir Savic invited us to meet him in Drinsko. About 30 or 40 Bosnians gathered there. He told us that we would have to leave our village by 11 or 12, adding that he could not give any guarantee to us that we would not be murdered afterwards," witness Mirsad Hubic said.

The Bosnian State Prosecution charges Serbian fascist Momir Savic, as member of the genocidal paramilitary fascist formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia,(VRS), with having participated in the deportation, capture, examination, torture, murder and rape of people in the Visegrad area in 1992.

Witness Mirsad Hubic left Drinsko village, together with nine neighbours, and headed towards Visegrad. On their way they saw a vehicle, from which three genocidal Serbian aggressor's soldiers got out. They forced these Bosnian civilians stay there.

"They held us there for an hour and a half. They examined us. They shot my father in his legs, telling him that he was wearing ressurrectionists' boots," the witness said, adding that they eventually released them. After that they managed to reach the area controlled by the Bosnian Army.

Second Prosecution witness Almasa Hadzic left Drinsko in 1992. She said that she saw Serbian war criminal Momir Savic at the cemetery in Drinsko and then again in Visegrad. She claims that he was armed and uniformed both times.

"We were forced to leave Drinsko. We were then taken to the school building in Nova mahala in Visegrad. Momir Savic came there, looking for Guso family members," Hadzic recalled, adding that her husband and son had been taken away before the civilians arrived to Visegrad. However, she did not say what had happened to them.

The trial of Serbian war criminal Momir Savic is due to continue before the Bosnian State Court on August 25.

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