News 26 Aug 09

Lauded Bosnian War-Time Commander Buried

The remains of a Bosnian war-time commander - considered a hero by many - which were dumped in a mass grave in the summer of 1995, were buried with full honours in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Srecko Latal

During the 1992-95 war Colonel Avdo Palic was the commander of the defence of the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) enclave of Zepa.

He disappeared after holding a meeting with the commander of Bosnian Serb forces, General Ratko Mladic, in which he negotiated the surrender of Zepa and the peaceful withdrawal of Bosniak soldiers and civilians from the town.

Palic’s negotiations are believed to have prevented another massacre of Bosniaks. The fall of Zepa came less than three weeks after Bosnian Serb forces overran another eastern enclave, Srebrenica, killing 8,000 Bosniak men, children and elderly.

For 14 years Palic’s wife Esma pleaded and urged Bosnian Serb and international officials to help her find and bury her husband’s body - a quest that drew public attention in Bosnia and abroad.

Only last month, new DNA identification techniques showed that one of nine bodies exhumed from a mass grave near the eastern Bosnian town of Rogatica in 2001 was that of Palic.

Palic’s body was awaiting DNA analysis alongside 3,000 bags containing the mortal remains of people killed in eastern Bosnia during the war.

Palic was buried in front of the Alipasina mosque in the center of Sarajevo - a location reserved for the most prestigious Bosniak political and military figures - on Wednesday. Several hundred civilians and Bosniak political and religious leaders attended the ceremony.

After the final confirmation of the identification of her husband’s remains, Esma Palic has pledged to continue her campaign until her husband's killers are identified and prosecuted. 


Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest Headlines

News 10 Jul 07

Del Ponte Praises Bosnia for 'Good' Cooperation

Analysis 18 Sep 07

Truth Commission Divides Bosnia

News 08 Nov 07

Srebrenica Trial Opens in Bosnia

News 28 Nov 07

Srebrenica Suit Gets Go-ahead

Analysis 10 Dec 07

Hague Court Acquits Serbia of Genocide

Analysis 10 Dec 07

No Consensus on Srebrenica Aid Bid

Investigation 10 Dec 07

JUSTICE REPORT INVESTIGATION: Srebrenica Suspect is an RS Official

News 16 Jan 08

Srebrenica Report Sent to RS Police

Analysis 24 Jan 08

Bosnians Consider Del Ponte Legacy

News 25 Mar 08

Bosnia Victims Urge Montenegro Leader Talks


Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

The Indictment Against Ratko Mladic

Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.

Ratko Mladic: From Promising Officer to Bloodstained Warlord

When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter