News 08 Nov 12

Witness Recalls Horrors of Silos Camp

At the trial for the crimes in Hadzici, a prosecution witness described beatings, hard labour and living conditions in the Silos camp and Krupa barracks between 1992 and 1996.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

Dragan Regoja said that on June 9, 1992, he was locked up in the Silos, where he saw people who were “horrified out of their wits”.

“The conditions in the Silos camp were catastrophic. Pure horror. I can tell you that I spent 132 days without food. They gave us some kind of liquid; it cannot even be called a soup.”

“Several of us were eating it, and if someone took a spoonful more, we would argue and fight, that’s how hungry we were. I spent one hundred days lying on concrete,” the witness said describing the first few months of his imprisonment.

He said that during his captivity he saw the warden of the Silos camp, Becir Hujic, and his deputy, Halid Covic.

Hujic and Covic are charged, together with Mustafa Djelilovic, Fadil Covic, Mirsad Sabic, Nezir Kazic, Serif Mesanovic and Nermin Kalember, with crimes committed in the Silos camp, the Krupa army barracks and the 9th May primary school.

Regoja said that the guards in Silos beat up prisoners, and that he remembers that one of them was Kalember, nicknamed Buba [Bug].

“A guard was kicking me as I was unloading rubbish bins. He was going after me and kicking me (…) I also watched Kalember force Boro Suvajla to do push-ups,” recalled the witness.

On December 29, 1992, the witness was transferred from the Silos camp to the Krupa barracks, where, he said, the warden was Serif Mesanovic.

“One time we heard people were called out from another cell. We heard the beating. We heard screams. We thought they are going to beat us too. The next day we saw blood in the snow. A prisoner was ordered to wash off the blood,” said Regoja.

He said that people from the Silos and Krupa were taken to the front lines, where many of them got killed.

The next hearing is scheduled for November 8, when the witness would be cross examined by the defence.

 

 

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