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CONCENTRATION CAMPS, PRISON AND BROTHELS


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CONCENTRATION CAMPS, PRISON AND BROTHELS

 

Coordinator: Mr. Ugljesa Jeremic
Editor & translator: Ms. Jill Starr
Art director: Mr. Milosh Zorica
Publisher: LPC Yugoslavia

 

© 2001 LPC Yugoslavia

 

 
 

 

 

The first concentration camps established in Bosnia and Herzegovina were for Serbs. Following are the pictures of those camps:

 

 

Conc.camp “Fudbalski stadion” in Bosanski Brod

 

 

Conc.camp “Tulek”, Suburb of Bosanski Brod.

 

 

Conc.camp “Building material warehouse”, in the center of Bosanski Brod, also used as a camp for Serbs .

 

 

Conc.camp “Railway station” in Bosanski Brod where the Serb population of Novi Grad was held. Almost all prisoners are considered as disappeared, since their bodies have not been found up to date.

 

 

 
 

 

 

The arrest, abuse and killing of Serbs in former B&H began in an organized manner in April 1992, immediately after the secession of this former Yugoslav republic. The combined Moslem and Croat forces resumed the brutal and bloodthirsty practices of their Ustashi forefathers in the 11 World War, but now on an even more hideous scale. The truth about the sufferings of the Serbs in the Croatian and Moslems prisons and concentration camps has not been able to penetrate to the world public either through the foreign media or through the official representatives of foreign countries, although they were duly informed about it. However documents have been collected on the aggression of the Republic of Croatia’s (approx. 60,000 strong) armed forces against the Serb nation in B&H and on the individual suffering and collective disaster of the Serbs in the Croatian-Moslem controlled areas. Only the Serbs in the FR of Yugoslavia and the diaspora have understood their catastrophic position. Countless appeals have been sent to them from the Republic of Srpska and the Republic of Serbian Krajina to understand and help in spreading the truth about this new tragedy for the Serb nation.

 

REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA PRESIDENCY

No. 0 1 – 1 049/92.

Pale, 30.8.1992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TO SERBS IN THE WORLD

 

 

I appeal to you to use your connections to make the truth about the sufferings of the Serb nation accessible to all the media in the places where you live. Our tragedy is boundless. In spite of our evil experience in the past, the cruelty, atrocity and methods of destroying our nation now being applied have shocked us. In our despair, horror and discouragement we omitted to immediately inform the world about this. In keeping with our old habits we have taken on this whole Golgotha on our own, unaware that it is necessary for others to know about it. In the meantime, our enemies began to depict our suffering, our dead and our people mutilated in death as their own victims and us, as the perpetrators of these crimes. We have thus lost much time and the media war against the whole world. I beg you in the name of the Serb nation, in the name of justice and God, to convey to the world, the truth about our tragedy.

 

 

Presidency member

 

Prof.dr Biljana Plavsic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

The most characteristic examples of the deportation and exodus of Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed in percent ages (data from the 1991 population count) or in numbers:

 

 

 
 

 

   Concentration camps for Serbs on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

 

1.Livno (castle-old town) – approx. 950 Serbs;

 

2.Tomislavgrad (secondary school) approcx. 500 Serbs;

 

3.Tomislavgrad – village of Rascani: all Serbs are blocked in this village, without food or medical assistance – approx. 1000 Serbs;

 

4.Bugojno (house of a murdered Serb, Relja Lukic) approx. 50 Serbs;

 

5.Bugojno (“Slavko Rodic” factory) – approx. 700 Serbs;

 

6.Jajce (castle) -  approx. 500 Serbs;

 

7.Bihac (“Jedinstvo” football stadium) approx. 900 Serbs;

 

8.Orasje (football stadium) – approx. 100 Serbs; concentration camp commander Pero Vincentic from Donja Mahala;

 

9.Odzak (con.camp commander Mijo Barisic) approx. 400 Serbs in the primary school;

 

10.Odzak (“Stolit” company) – approx. 150 Serbs;

 

11.Odzak (village of Novi Grad) 1000-1500 Serbs mainly women and children;

 

12.Odzak (primary school, village of Poljari) – 59 Serbs;

 

13. Odzak (former military depot in the village of Rabidi) – approx. 300; (The Serbs were transferred from the camps in Poijari and Rabid on the 1. 7. 1992, towards Bosanski Brod. The Serbs killed in the Oddzak camps are buried with a dredger in the cemetery near the hospital in Odzak, which is the job of Fuad Alijagic);

 

14. Konjic (railway tunnel above the village of Bradina) – approx. 3,000 Serbs;

 

15. Hadzici (culture center in the village of Pazaric) – approx. 150 Serbs;

16. Ilidza ("Famos" football stadium; interrogation is conducted by Pero Sutalo from Vinkovac, Samir Lokvancic and Haris Ciko) – approx. 800 Serbs, mainly women and children;

 

17. Tuzla ("Tusanj" stadium) – approx. 4,000 Serbs;

 

18. Bosanski Brod (suburb by the river Sava) – approx. 400 Serbs;

 

19. Zenica (prison) – approx. 2,000 Serbs; until today many have been killed by being thrown into the blast furnaces in the "Zenica" steelworks;

 

20. Jablanica (village of Cefebidi near Lake Jablanica) – approx. 500 Serbs;

 

21. Kladanj (village of Stupari) – approx. 50 Serbs; each day one is taken out and hung;

 

22. Sarajevo: ("Kosevo" stadium, "Zetra" center, Sarajevo railway station, women’s prison, "Mladen Stojanovic" students’ center, "25. maj" nursery in Svrakino seIo, the "Sipad" warehouse, "Pofalici" reformatory);

 

23. Sarajevo: "Viktor Bubanj" former JNA barracks in which approx. 250 Serbs live in intolerable conditions. Rooms for one person accommodate 10-12 people. Chief interrogator: Mile Davidovic, former basket-ball referee, and besides others, there are 20 Arab prison guards;

 

24. Sarajevo: vaults of the Privredna banka Sarajevo, where there are approx. 170 Serbs. The members of the HVO unit known as the "Quadrant" who guard this concentration camp call it the "torture-house for Serbs". The "Quadrant" HVO unit commander is Zlatko Lagumdjija. The camp commander is Dragoslav Dojcinovic, karate expert;

 

25. Sarajevo: "Vladimir Nazor" school for retarded children, where approx. 200 Serbs are imprisoned;

 

26. Sarajevo: Neboder (Skyscraper) No. 2 on Pera Kosoric Square. The commander of this concentration camp is Edin Bahtic, former footballer. Mass murders are carried out on the console over the river Miljacka. In one night, 27 Serbs were murdered and the chief mass-murderers are Edin Bahtic, Safe Klepo, Omer Bezbjej, Safet Kepic, Haris Terzic and Uzeir Saric;

 

27. Sarajevo: Sarajevo Central Prison where there are approx. 600 Serbs. The commander is Ismet Bajramovic known as "Celo", a notorious international criminal;

 

28. Sarajevo: children’s nursery in Palmiro Toljati Street – approx. 580 Serbs. Pero Rika is in charge of the prison. (In charge of the "Zetra" concentration camp is Safet Isovic, an SDA member in the so-called Assembly of B&H. There are approx. 1,500 Serbs in this conc. camp and so far approx. 300 have been killed.)

 

29. Bugojno: "Rostovo" ski resort – approx. 150 Serbs;

 

30. Bugojno: Gymnasium (secondary school) building – approx. 200 Serbs;

 

31. Bugojno: coalmine in the village of Gracanica approx. 200 Serbs;

 

32. Konjic: new housing estate – approx. 1,500 Serbs;

 

33. Konjic: village of Donje Selo – approx. 500 Serbs;

 

34. Konjic: village of Buturovic Poije – approx. 200 Serbs;

 

35. Zenica: Prison, Pavillion 5 – approx. 300 Serbs;

 

36. Ljubuski: Pre-Trial Confinement Prison – aprox.  80 Serbs;

 

37. Grude: garage premises – approx. 30 Serbs;

 

38. Hrasnica: "Aleksa Santic" elementary school ( approx. 160 Serbs;

 

39. Pazaric: warehouses in the village of Krupska Rijeka – approx. 140 Serbs, prison commander Serif Mesanovic;

 

40. Mostar: District Gaol – approx. 300 Serbs;

 

41. Gorazde: village of Vitkovici – approx. 380 Serbs;

 

42. Gorazde: village of Sasici – approx. 100 Serbs isolated;

 

43. Capljina: village of Dretelj – approx. 400 Serbs. They are also interrogated by about 20-30 mercenaries from Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain and U.S.A;

 

44. Tarcin: wheat silos – approx. 250 Serbs;

 

45. Novi Travnik: shaft for the distribution of liquid chemicals in the "Bratstvo" factory – approx. 100 Serb;

 

46. Metkovici (Republic of Croatia): tobacco factory plant – approx. 150 Serbs;

 

47. Split: Lora port facilities – approx. 500 Serbs;

 

48. Vrgovac: private garage – approx. 50 Serbs;

 

49. Imotski: police station facilities – approx. 20 S and 50.

 

Zagreb: Kerestinae Prison – approx. 500 Serbs. Currently on the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatian and Moslem forces are holding approx. 50, Serbs, mainly women and children, in concentrate camps and about 10,000 Serbs have been killed. The number is increasing each day.

 

 
 

 

 

Brothels of Serb women formed by the Moslem and Croatian forces:

 

1. Sarajevo: "Zagreb" hotel basement. There are approx. 40-50 women of Serb nationality for the members of the Moslem “Territorial Defense” of B&H;

 

2. Sarajevo: "Bjelave" student hostel – approx. 3 Serbs women;

 

3. Sarajevo: "Zetra" sports centre – approx. 30 Serbs women;

 

4. Sarajevo: "Borsalino" cafe – approx. 10 Serbs women;

 

5. Sarajevo: brick kiln, on the premises of the former "Djordjevic" company – approx. 30 Serbs women;

 

6. Sarajevo: Faculty of Civil Engineering – approx. 100 Serbs women; the manager of the brothel is Mirza Delibasic, the famous international basket-ball player;

 

7. Hadzici: village of Urduk near Pazaric – approx. 10 Serbs women;

 

8. Hadzici: elementary school building in the village of Tarcin – approx. 50 Serbs women;

 

9. Tuzla: secondary school premises – approx. 100 Serbs women;

 

10.Tuzla: student hostel –approx. 200 Serbs women;

 

11.Tuzla: private house on the road to Srebrenik near Previle – approx. 15 Serbs women;

 

12.Bugojno: house belonging to the murdered Serb Reljo Lukic – approx. 15 Serbs women;

 

13.Bugojno: “Rostovo” ski center – approx. 30 Serbs women;

 

14.Konjic: “Amadeus” cafe in town center – approx.  20 Serbs women;

 

15.Konjic: village of Butrovic Polje – approx. 50 Serbs women;

 

16.Bihac: restaurant belonging to Mustafa Vukovic who is also the manager of a brothel containing approx. 30 Serbs women;

 

Beside those 16 brothels where approx. 800 Serbs women are imprisoned and sexually abused by the members of Moslem “Territorial Defense” of Bosnia and the Croatian Army and paramilitary units. We have managed to obtain data, in all the concentration camps for Serbs women, girls and even small girl-children are subjected to unprecedented sexual abuse.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Bihac

 
 

 

Designation of crime: Crimes Against Humanity (Article 5. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND TIME: Prison camp in the District Penitentiary in Bihac – Luke, second half of 1992.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Because of extremely cruel treatment of imprisoned Serbs in this prison camp, from the injuries inflicted upon them the following persons have died:

 

1. Radakovic Jovo, born in 1934, who was previously beaten several times. From the injuries suffered for 15 days he could not either eat or drink, all the time lying semi-conscious in the corner of the cell. After he was transferred to the hospital in Bihac he died there.

 

2. in the prison in Bihac also died a young man – a Serb and his identity is now being established.

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Santic Josip, a Croat, chief of security in Bihac, before the war captain in the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA).

2. Dedic, a Muslim, prison warden.

3. Remic Hando, some 30 years old, foreman of the prison shift.

4. Mujic Fadil, guard, before the war a merchant, who was especially torturing the inmates.

 

 
 

 

Designation of crime: Crimes Against Humanity (Article 5. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND TIME: Bihac, prison camp in the basement of Hotel "Park", May 1995

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The witness a. states as follows:

 

"…I was a military conscript and on May 5, 1995 I was captured by the members of the Muslim army. Immediately after capture we were taken with blindfolded eyes to the brigade prison in the "Park" hotel in Bihac. There I was submitted to interrogation day and night. The guard commander was Alem Jusic. When we were brought there he was taking us out and was hitting one by one of us individually and mercilessly by fists, boots and truncheons

 

We were placed in one room, which was very small and were sleeping on concrete with some sponge on it. The three of us were kept in that prison for 9 days. In this period we would be taken several times during the day and often at night for interrogation and beating.

 

They were calling us all the time Chetnicks, slaughterers, they were swearing at our Serbian mother saying that we will be shot.

 

On the last ninth day of our stay in this prison camp, commander Jusic blind-folded us, then took us four individually and gave us a beating until we fainted. He was hitting us with boots, fists and truncheons. The beating took a very long time, so that I was fainting every now and then from the blows. The soldiers who were standing near by would take me up on my feet and would hit me again until I fell.

 

After one extremely hard beating I was taken to the Central Penitentiary in Bihac…".

 

The witness B. states as follows:

 

"… After I was captured I was taken to the brigade prison in hotel "Park" in Bihac.

 

We were placed in a small room in the cellar which was without windows.

 

In this prison we were kept for 9 days. We were taken several times per day for interrogation. Mostly at night.

 

During the last day of our stay in this prison, Alem Jusic came with a group of Muslim policemen and first of all blind-folded us then took us to another room. They were taking us out individually and were beating us without mercy. They were hitting us  with fists, boots and truncheons all over the body. I was beaten by several Muslim policemen from all the sides, until I fainted. When I was falling, they were hitting me with boots on the head. That is why I had to keep myself standing for as long as I could. From the strikes I was all bruised, covered with blood and swollen, two teeth  were broken in the lower front law…".

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Jusic Alem, guard commander in the prison camp in the cellar of "Park" Hotel in Bihac.

2. "Dido", investigating judge in prison and other members of the 501st Bihac Muslim Brigade.

 

Orasje

 

 
 

 

Designation of crime: Genocide (Article 4. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND TIME: Orasje, years 1991-1992

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: In Orasje until the war started, there were some 400 Serbian families. The village had a majority of Muslim population and was surrounded with villages having majority population of Croat nationality.

 

After the political parties HDZ (Croat Democratic Community) and the SDA (Party of Democratic Action) were formed during the year 1991, local population established their units in which the Croats were bearing insignia of the HVO (Croat Defense Council) and the Muslims insignia of the "Green Berets".

 

Both ones and the others started sending threats to the Serbian population, saying that they will be either expelled or killed. They were saying that Croats and Muslims had formed special units with the task to slaughter Serbian population.

 

Serbian population was told that they must leave Orasje as soon as possible. Threats were growing from day to day.

 

Then the arrests started of Serbs.

 

Muslims with whom the members of the family of this testifying witness 679/95-31 were friends, were telling them confidentially in early April 1992 that they will all be slaughtered if they do not leave Orasje immediately. The witness took seriously this warning and with his family left Orasje on April 16, 1992.

 

In Orasje remained the brother of this witness with his family and he was arrested in early May 1992 and taken to the prison camp, where he was so terribly tortured that he died of the inflicted injuries in February of 1993.

 

The witness, while leaving Orasje, left the house with the ground floor and one story, two shops in the house, of the value according to the estimation of this witness of some 200,000 DEM.

 

When the witness 679/95-13 was told by his colleagues at work who were not Serbs, that he would have to leave Orasje, he took this for a joke. However, they continued telling him that, so he took it more seriously.

 

The decisive decision to leave Orasje he took when he saw that weapons and ammunition were brought into the house of his neighbor Bela Hovic, which were then from that house distributed to the Croat and Muslim population. Bela Hovic was from time to time checking on the armament by shooting at the roof of the witness’s house.

 

Concluding that he can no longer stay in Orasje, the witness left Orasje on April 17, 1992 together with his family. At that time some 350 families of Serbs left Orasje, so that only some 20 Serbian families remained there.

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Benkovic Marko, of father Maros, born in 1953 in the village of Ugljara, Municipality of Orasje, was at the head of the Croat armed formations in Orasje.

2. Bela Hovic

 

Konjic

 
 

 

Designation of crime: Violation of Geneva Conventions from 1949 (Article 2. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND TIME: Village of Homolje near Konjic, April 19, 1993.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: After the fighting in Gornje Selo between Muslims and Croats who were enemies at that time, Muslim soldiers entered Donje Selo in which there were Croat houses, among the majority of Serbian population.

 

In Donje Selo they separated all the men – both Serbs and Croats, a total of some 95 of them and expelled them to the village of Homolje. There they separated Serbs from Croats.

 

After that they separated all those who were in the prison camp of Celebic. Then those who were in that camp and who could show the certificate of the International Red Cross were left in a group, and those who did not have the certificate were taken aside and publicly shot.

 

On this occasion the following Serbs were killed:

 

1. Kuljanin Zoran, of father Todor, from Donje Selo.

2. Ristic Obren, from Buturovic Polje

3. Golubovic Nedho from Konjic and another

4. NN Serbs

 

Since Kuljanin Zoran was still alive, Almir Habibija went to him and hit him on the temple with a riffle but, thus crushing his head.

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Cibo Safet from the village of Piljana near Konjic, commander of the unit of the so-called army of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2. Habibija Almir from Konjic, member of the so-called

 

 

 

 

 

Designation of crime: Violation of Geneva Conventions from 1949 (Article 2. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND TIME: Konjic, prison camp in the sports hall "Musala", January-October 1994.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The witness was arrested together with his mother, sister, wife and son while trying to cross into the territory of the Republic of Srpska.

 

Muslim police took them to the sports hall "Musala" which was transformed into a prison camp. They were sleeping on bare concrete or on plastic, which was spread on the floor in the dressing room of this prison camp. Food was bad and it happened that for five days they would receive only one piece of bread. In fact, they were coerced into giving a blood donation and since this witness refused to give his blood, he was deprived of food.

 

The witness was beaten two or three times with truncheons on legs and hands.

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Zilic Edin, from Konjic, prison warden

2. Cibo from Konjic, who replaced Zilic as prison camp warden

3. Arnaut Saban, from Ugosce, deputy warden

4. Kemo from Konjic

5. Zilic Ramo, guard, brother of Zilic Edin

6. Dzajic Ahmed, from Konjic, guard

7. Landzo Esad, called "Zenga" and "Zija" of father Sulja, born in 1970 (or 1972) in Celebici, a guard

8. Hebibovic Ismet, called "Broceta", some 45 years old, from Konjic, prison camp commander.

 
 

 

Designation of crime: Violation of Geneva Conventions from 1949 (Article 2. of ICTY Statute)

 

PLACE AND CRIME; Prison camp in the sports hall "Musala" in Konjic, May 22-August 1992.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The witness was detained in this camp together with another 21 prisoners in a small dressing room, so that there was not enough space for them to lye down and sleep. In this room there were no blankets and the floor was plastic. They were urinating and defecating in the corner of this dressing room.

The worst was the fate of those who would ask for water or would complain. They were especially beaten with truncheons. Prisoners were forced to fight each other.

 

The inmates of this prison camp were once kept without any food for three days. When on the fourth day they were given food, they received salty canned fish but no water. One loaf of bread was divided on 19 persons.

 

Especially cruel was the treatment of the imprisoned Serbs from Bradine, who were brought into this prison camp on May 25, 1992. The corridor in which they were beating these inmates was all covered with blood.

 

In one of the dressing rooms, women were detained and they were individually being taken to the school building, which was close to the sports hall. Women would return from there in tears, and guards were boasting that some of these women are ‘good’ and some ‘bad’, and the witness assumes that they were raped.

 

INDICATIONS CONCERNING PERPETRATORS:

 

1. Hebibovic Ismet, called "Broceta", 45 years old, from Konjic, commander of the prison camp

2. Kazazic Senad, guard commander

3. Slato Meho

4. Jeleskovic Edin, called "Edo" and "Muf", some 40 years old, from Konjic, used to work in "Igman" company, guard in the prison camp, extreme in cruelty towards inmates

5. Kurtic

6. Ploskic

7. Dedic from Dubrovnik

8. Spago Enid, called "Kravar", of father Hamdija, born in 1965 in Konjic, was residing in Konjic, guard in the prison camp

9. Pelic Sefik, called "Kiko"

10. Gusic Zijad and his brother called

11. "Pace", a guard

12. Vrtic Remzo, a guard

13. "Nidza", a guard

14. Dedic Osman, called "Osmo", from Konjic, former player in the soccer cub "Igman", guard in the prison camp

15. Arnaut Saban, from Ugosce near Konjic

16. Mraovic Salko, from Konic

17. Turkovic, called "Ture"

18-19. Brothers Juka, Skypetars (Kosovo Albanians) from Konjic

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