At the trial of Veselin Vlahovic, known as Batko, who is charged with war crimes in Sarajevo, a prosecution expert witness says that most of the 27 exhumed people died from shots to their heads.
Expert witness Hamza Zujo interpreted the findings prepared by expert witness Ilijas Dobraca, who participated in exhumations in the Sarajevo neighbourhoods of Ilidza, Miljevici, Grbavica and Vraca, but had passed away during the trial.
Zujo said 18 people were exhumed from a mass grave at Petrovacka Krivina in Vraca and identified. Haris Muderizovic was among them.
“They noticed that his skull and upper and lower jaw were fractured by a gunshot. The death was caused by the destruction of brain tissue,” Zujo said.
Vlahovic is charged with murder, rape, abuse, robbing, disappearances and other inhumane acts committed against Bosniak and Croat civilians in Grbavica, Vraca and Kovacici, Sarajevo in 1992.
The expert witness said that Zvonimir Bodulovic, whose remains were found in Miljevici, died due to head injuries. It was determined that a bullet entered his left temple and went out through his right one.
Also, Zujo spoke about the cause of death of Disa and Azra Pecar, whose remains were found in a family house courtyard above the Jewish cemetery in Vraca. It was determined that both of them died of a violent death.
“The death of Azra Pecar was caused by destruction of brain tissue. Her head bones were destroyed,” Zujo said.
Vlahovic’s defence did not cross-examine the expert witness.
The trial is due to continue on July 4.