News 06 Feb 17

Bosnian Serb Troops ‘Detained, Killed’ Prisoners of War

The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre has filed a criminal complaint accusing Bosnian Serb Army servicemen of detaining and killing prisoners of war at Mount Igman in Bosnia in 1993.

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The emblem of the Bosnian Serb Army. Photo: Sokolrus/Wikimedia Commons.

The Humanitarian Law Centre announced on Monday that it had filed a criminal complaint to the Serbian war crimes prosecution accusing the commander of the Bosnian Serb Army Igman Brigade’s Rapid Reaction Unit, Miroslav Skoric, along with five other identified and a number of unidentified soldiers, of committing crimes against prisoners of war at Golo Brdo on Mount Igman in July 1993.

The criminal complaint, which was filed on January 31, says the victims were all members of the Bosnian Army.

After taking control of Golo Brdo on July 17, 1993, members of the Bosnian Serb Army Igman Brigade’s Rapid Reaction Unit under Skoric’s command detained four Bosnian Army troops in two bunkers, the complaint alleges.

They immediately killed one of them, Robert Kahrimanovic, and took the remaining three prisoners to the foot of Mount Igman, not far from Blazuj, where they were met by the former commander of the Rapid Reaction Unit, Branislav Gavrilovic, it claims.

“On Gavrilovic’s orders, two of the prisoners, Zivko Krajisnik and Rusmir Hamalukic, were killed, whilst the fourth prisoner, Perica Koblar, was taken to the Military Police HQ in Blazuj and handed over to members of the Bosnian Serb Army,” it says.

“Koblar spent seven days in prison in Blazuj, where he endured torture on a daily basis,” it adds.

The Serbian war crimes prosecution now has to decide whether to accept the Humanitarian Law Centre’s complaint and begin an investigation or not.

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