At the trial of three Bosnian Serbs for war crimes in Visegrad in 1992, a witness said he was beaten up then sexually abused by one of the defendants.
Prosecution witness Junus Tufekcic told the Sarajevo trial that on May 13, 1992, “people in black uniforms” detained him in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad and took him to the police station.
He was brought to a room where he met seven “beaten-up Muslims”. He said he was then taken from this room and physically assaulted twice, then sexually abused.
He said that two men including defendant Predrag Milisavljevic beat him up, then Milisavljevic and another soldier took him and another man to the basement where they sexually abused them.
“They made us undress and touch each other’s genitalia and then told us to do it to them. After that, they forced us to do it with our mouths. I refused and told them to kill me. What they did to the other one, I could not look,” said the witness.
The prosecution accuses Milisavljevic, together with Milos Pantelic and Ljubomir Tasic, of participating in murders, the forced transfer of people and other crimes.
The indictment says that Milisavljevic and Pantelic committed the offences while they were police reservists in Visegrad and Tasic was serving with the Bosnian Serb Army.
During cross-examination, the witness was presented with the deposition he gave to Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency in 2010, which showed discrepancies with his testimony in court.
“I emphasised when signing my deposition that this should be corrected,” Tufekcic insisted in an attempt to explain the differences.
The deposition said that he “did not know Predrag Milisavljevic” and that he was beaten by “twins Predrag and Nenad Milisavljevic”.
“That is someone’s mistake. I never said ‘Milisavljevic twins’... I am not to blame if someone turned the deposition upside down,” said Tufekcic.
The witness said that he also knew defendant, Tasic, and had heard that he had organised a prisoner convoy from Bosanska Jagodina near Visegrad which ended with some detainees’ deaths.