US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB2038

CYGOOL: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- - HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; - THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP

Identifier: 92ZAGREB2038
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Created: 1992-10-16 15:53:00
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UNCLASSIFIED LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 09 ZAGREB  02038 
 
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TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY 
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1. (U)  THIS IS ONE IN A SERIES OF REPORTS OF 
SPECIFIC AND GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA AND 
HERCEGOVINA (B-H) BASED ON PERSONAL INTERVIEWS WITH 
THE SUBJECTS NAMED.  THE SUBJECTS IN THIS REPORT 
AGREED TO SPEAK ONLY AFTER RECEIVING ASSURANCES THAT 
THEIR NAMES WOULD NOT BE USED PUBLICLY FOR FEAR THAT 
THAT WOULD ENDANGER THE LIVES OF FAMILY MEMBERS STILL 
IN SERBIAN-CONTROLLED AREAS IN B-H. 
 
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2. (LOU)  ZDENKA RAJKOVIC, IDENTIFIED BELOW AS "X.", 
FAROUK BURAZOROVIC, IDENTIFIED BELOW AS "F.B.", AND 
ABID VELIC, IDENTIFIED BELOW AS "A.V.", ARE BOSNIANS 
TEMPORARILY IN THE KARLOVAC TRANSIT FACILITY FOR 
EX-DETAINEES.  RAJKOVIC IS A 41-YEAR-OLD CROATIAN 
WOMAN FROM KOZARAC, BOSNIA, WHERE SHE WORKED AS AN 
AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN.  SHE WAS INTERNED IN OMARSKA 
CAMP FROM MAY 26 TO AUGUST 23.  BURAZOROVIC IS A 
40-YEAR-OLD MUSLIM MALE FROM PRIJEDOR, WHERE HE 
WORKED AS A CENTRAL-HEATING TECHNICIAN.  HE WAS 
INTERNED IN OMARSKA FROM MAY 30 TO AUGUST 3.  VELIC IS 
A 39-YEAR-OLD MOSLEM MALE FROM KOZARUSIC.  HE WORKED 
IN THE OMARSKA MINE AS A STEEL FRAMEWORK BUILDER 
BEFORE HIS THREE-MONTH INTERNMENT IN OMARSKA CAMP. 
 
3. (LOU)  RAJKOVIC SAID SHE WAS AMONG THE FIRST 
DETAINEES TO ARRIVE AT OMARSKA AND AMONG THE LAST 
FIVE WOMEN TO LEAVE THE CAMP -- SEVERAL DAYS AFTER 
OMARSKA WAS EMPTIED OF ITS LAST MALE PRISONERS. 
MOREOVER, RAJKOVIC AND SEVERAL OTHER WOMEN HAD 
SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE CAMP COMMANDERS AND 
ADMINISTRATORS BECAUSE THEY WERE CONFINED NEAR THE 
CAMP OFFICES, NEXT TO THE INTERROGATION ROOMS. 
 
4. (U)  ALL THREE SUBJECTS CLAIM TO HAVE WITNESSED 
SEVERE BEATINGS, SEXUAL TORTURE, MUTILATION, AND 
KILLINGS.  IN PART BECAUSE THEY HAD SPENT SUCH LONG 
PERIODS IN THE CAMP, THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT 
THEY BELIEVED TO BE VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE PERSONNEL 
STRUCTURE OF OMARSKA CAMP.  THESE SUBJECTS WERE 
INTERVIEWED SEVERAL TIMES, TOGETHER AND SEPARATELY, 
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ON OCTOBER 8, 10, AND 13 IN KARLOVAC.  ALL WERE 
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SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
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THE SUBJECTS 
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5. (U)  X., F.B., AND A.V. ARE FROM DIFFERENT 
VILLAGES IN THE VICINITY OF PRIJEDOR, BOSNIA.  THEY 
WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY SERBIAN FORCES IN LATE MAY 1992 
AND CONFINED, EACH FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE MONTHS, IN 
OMARSKA CAMP.  X. SAID SHE WAS ONE OF THIRTY-EIGHT 
WOMEN DETAINED AT THE CAMP DURING THIS PERIOD.  (NOTE: 
THE SERBS HAVE CONSISTENTLY DENIED THAT ANY WOMEN 
WERE HELD AT OMARSKA CAMP.)  X. SAID MANY OF THE 
WOMEN ARRIVED ON MAY 26, WHEN THE CAMP WAS OPENED. 
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6. (U)  X., F.B., AND A.V. PROVIDED THE LISTS AND 
DESCRIPTIONS BELOW OF OMARSKA CAMP'S PERSONNEL 
STRUCTURE.  AFTER REPEATED QUESTIONING BY THE 
INTERVIEWER, TOGETHER AND INDIVIDUALLY, X., F.B., AND 
A.V. (OR AT LEAST TWO OF THE THREE OF THEM) 
PERSONALLY IDENTIFIED EVERY OMARSKA CAMP OFFICIAL 
LISTED IN THIS REPORT. 
 
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MAJOR PRIJEDOR AREA CAMPS 
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7. (U)  OMARSKA IS ONE OF FOUR VERY LARGE CAMPS IN 
THE PRIJEDOR AREA.  IT WAS AN ALUMINUM MINE BEFORE 
THE WAR.  THE OTHER THREE CAMPS ARE KERATERM, 
TRNOPOLJE, AND MANJACA.  CIVILIANS WERE INTERNED AT 
ALL FOUR CAMPS, WHILE MOST ALLEGED POWS WERE SENT TO 
MANJACA.  MANY PRISONERS DESCRIBED OMARSKA AS THE 
 
WORST OF THE FOUR.  MANY PRISONERS WERE MOVED AMONG 
THE CAMPS DURING THEIR INTERNMENT. 
 
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COMMANDERS AT OMARSKA 
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8. (U)  OMARSKA CAMP WAS COMMANDED BY DRAGO PRCAC, A 
RETIREE FROM PRIJEDOR.  HIS ADMINISTRATIVE DEPUTY WAS 
A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN NAMED NADA BALABAN.  BALABAN KEPT 
THE CAMP RECORDS, I.E., THE PAYROLL LEDGER OF THE 
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GUARDS AND OFFICERS, THE GUARD SHIFT SCHEDULE, ETC. 
(NOTE:  X. COMMENTED THAT IF THESE LEDGERS COULD BE 
FOUND, THEY WOULD HAVE COMPLETE DETAILS OF WHO WORKED 
 
 
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-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
IN WHAT POSITION, AND WHEN.) 
 
9. (U)  THE COMMANDER OF SECURITY AT OMARSKA 
(OBEZBJEDJENJA) WAS ZELJKO MEAKIC (29), AN INSPECTOR 
FIRST-CLASS IN THE BOSNIAN SERBIAN POLICE BEFORE THE 
WAR.  MEAKIC CAME FROM THE VILLAGE OF PETROV GAJ, 
NEAR PRIJEDOR.  BECAUSE.OF MEAKIC'S POSITION AND THE 
AMOUNT OF TIME HE SPENT AT THE CAMP, MANY PRISONERS 
CONCLUDED, INCORRECTLY, THAT HE WAS THE OVERALL 
COMMANDER AT OMARSKA.  WHEN PRISONERS BEGAN ARRIVING 
AT OMARSKA IN LATE MAY, MEAKIC'S DEPUTY WAS MIROSLAV 
KVOCKA (30), A SERB FROM THE NEARBY VILLAGE OF 
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TRIED TO HIDE IN HIS HOUSE.  WHEN THIS WAS FOUND OUT, 
HE WAS REPLACED AS MEAKIC'S DEPUTY BY A MAN NICKNAMED 
BRK.  THIS CHANGE OF DEPUTIES OCCURRED IN LATE JUNE. 
 
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10. (U)  OMARSKA CAMP HAD THREE REGULAR GUARD TEAMS. 
THE TEAMS WORKED TWELVE-HOUR SHIFTS, FROM SEVEN AM TO 
SEVEN PM.  THEY ROTATED CONSECUTIVELY, ONE AFTER THE 
OTHER.  THE THREE SHIFT LEADERS WERE: 
 
--  MLADO RADIC, NICKNAMED KRKAN 
--  MILOJICA KOS, NICKNAMED KRLE 
--  MOMCILO GRUBAN, NICKNAMED CKALJA 
 
11. (U)  RADIC IS A FORTY-YEAR-OLD ACTIVE POLICEMAN 
FROM LAMOVITA.  RADIC WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE MOST 
BRUTAL OF THE SHIFT LEADERS.  THE MOST HEINOUS 
TORTURES AND BEATINGS, AND THE LARGEST NUMBER OF 
DEATHS, TOOK PLACE DURING RADIC'S SHIFTS.  KOS IS A 
MIDDLE-AGED WAITER WHO USED TO WORK AT THE HOTEL 
EUROPA IN OMARSKA BEFORE THE WAR.  KOS WAS IDENTIFIED 
AS A GENERALLY LESS BRUTAL SHIFT LEADER.  GRUBAN IS 
ABOUT THIRTY, FROM THE VILLAGE OF MARICKI.  HE IS IN 
           . 
THE POLICE RESERVE.  HE WORKED IN THE OMARSKA MINE 
BEFORE THE WAR.  GRUBAN WAS IDENTIFIED AS LESS BRUTAL 
THAN RADIC OR KOS.  EACH SHIFT TEAM COMPRISED FIFTEEN 
TO TWENTY GUARDS.       . 
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-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
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12. (U)  OMARSKA HAD VARIOUS INSPECTORS WHO REGULARLY 
INTERROGATED THE PRISONERS.  X. AND F.B. NAMED SIX 
THEY COULD REMEMBER: 
 
-- DRAGAN RADAKOVIC - DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PARK 
-              OF KOZARAC 
-- RATKO MILOSAVLJEVIC - DIRECTOR OF THE FIRM 
-              AGROUNIJA, FROM PRIJEDOR 
-- DRAGO MEAKIC - A RETIREE, UNCLE OF THE CAMP 
-              SECURITY COMMANDER 
-- MILAN ZORIC - REGULAR BLUE-COLLAR WORKER 
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-- (FNU) LAKIC - WORKED IN THE OMARSKA SUP (POLICE 
               SECURITY) AS AN INSPECTOR 
-- JELENKO (LNU) - A BJELOVAR LAWYER 
 
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13. (U)  AS NOTED ABOVE, AS LEAST TWO OF THE THREE 
SUBJECTS, X., F.B., AND A.V., PERSONALLY IDENTIFIED 
EACH INDIVIDUAL NAMED ON THE FOLLOWING LIST OF 
OMARSKA GUARDS: 
 
--  MIRKO BABIC 
--  (FNU) BAKALJ (SEE PARAGRAPH 25 BELOW) 
--  BRANKO BERIC (SEE PARAGRAPH 27 BELOW) 
--  MILOJICA BERIC (SEE PARAGRAPH 27 BELOW) 
--  ZORAN DELIC 
--  DRASKO GRUBAN 
--  GORAN GRUBAN 
--  RADE GRUBAN (NICKNAMED VOJVODA) 
--  NENAD JANJIC (NICKNAMED NESO) 
--  SRETO JASNIC 
--  DUSAN JOKIC 
--  RANKO KRIVAJA 
--  STANKO KRIVAJA 
--  MILOJICA KVOCKA 
--  ZORAN KVOCKA 
--  DZORDJE LATINCIC 
--  (FNU) MAMUZO (NICKNAMED CIGO, SEE PARA 28 BELOW) 
--  ZIRKO MARMAT 
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--  RANKO MILUNOVIC 
--  ZORAN MIODROGORIC 
--  GORAN PASPALJ 
 
 
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-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
--  MLADEN POPOVIC 
--  MARINKO POSPALJ 
--  DRAZENKO PREDOJERIC 
--  MILOS (LNU, THOUGHT TO BE "SESTIC") FROM NISEVICI 
--  NEDELJKO SOSKAN 
--  (FNU) SOSKAN 
--  DRAGOJA STAKIC 
--  MILOMIR STAKIC 
--  MIROSLAV STOJNIC 
--  STEVAN TERANOVIC 
--  MLADEN TIMOROC 
--  RANKO TOPIC 
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--  MILENKO VELANKA 
--  NENAD VRHOVAC 
--  BORO VUCENOVIC 
--  NOVAK VUCETA 
--  RAJKO VUCETA 
 
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14. (U)  X. AND A.V. IDENTIFIED HAKIJA PIDIC AS AN 
INFORMER.  PIDIC WAS A MUSLIM FROM THE PRIJEDOR 
AREA.  HE VISITED ALL THE CAMPS REGULARLY AND 
IDENTIFIED PEOPLE WHOM HE CLAIMED WERE INVOLVED IN 
ANTI-SERB ACTIVITE.  MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WERE LED 
AWAY AND NEVER SEEN AGAIN.  AT FIRST HE CAME EVERY 
TWO OR THREE DAYS, BUT TOWARDS THE END OF THE SUMMER 
HE CAME ABOUT ONCE A WEEK. 
 
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15. (U)  X., F.B., AND A.V., AS WELL AS OTHER 
PRISONERS FROM OMARSKA, SAID THAT EACH DAY TEN TO 
FIFTEEN NEW CORPSES LAY IN THE FIELD NEXT TO ONE OF 
THE "DORMITORIES."  THESE CORPSES, AS WELL AS OTHERS, 
WERE DRIVEN AWAY BY SMALL TRUCKS.  THE TRUCKS OFTEN 
HAD BLOOD STAINS ALL OVER THEM.  X. AND A.V. PROVIDED 
THE FOLLOWING NAMES OF DRIVERS OF THE TRUCKS: 
 
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-- MILAN DARDA 
-- VLADO KOBAS 
 
 
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-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
-- DRAGO PESEVIC 
-- MILENKO RADIC 
-- MIRKO VIDOVIC 
 
(NOTE:  X. AND A.V. OBSERVED THAT THESE DRIVERS WOULD 
KNOW WHERE THEY HAD DELIVERED THE CORPSES AND WOULD 
PROBABLY ALSO KNOW HOW THEY HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF.) 
 
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16. (U)  X. SAID THE THIRTY-EIGHT WOMEN IN THE CAMP 
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SLEPT IN TWO ROOMS NEAR THE COMMANDER'S HEADQUARTERS. 
THE ROOM NUMBERS ON THE DOORS WERE 102 AND 103.  MOST 
OF THE WOMEN WERE SINGLE, DIVORCED, OR WIDOWED.  THEY 
SLEPT ON THE FLOOR WITH ONE BLANKET FOR EVERY TWO 
WOMEN.  AS THEY TRIED TO SLEEP, THE WOMEN INVARIABLY 
HEARD THE SCREAMS OF PRISONERS BEING TORTURED NEXT 
DOOR.  THIS WAS THE "INTERROGATION" ROOM.  EACH 
MORNING THE WOMEN WERE WOKEN UP AT SIX, AND TWO WERE 
CHOSEN RANDOMLY TO CLEAN THE "INTERROGATION" ROOM. 
IT WAS COVERED WITH FRESH BLOOD EACH MORNING.  THE 
"INTERROGATION" ROOM HAD THREE TABLES PUSHED AGAINST 
THE WALLS, AND WHIPS MADE FROM HEAVY WIRE CABLE. 
UNDER THREAT OF DEATH, THE WOMEN HAD TO PUT 
EVERYTHING BACK IN EXACTLY THE PLACE THEY HAD FOUND 
IT IN THE ROOM. 
 
17. (U)  ON OCCASION THE WOMEN ALSO CLEANED THE 
OFFICES OF THE COMMANDERS.  THE WOMEN PRISONERS WERE 
ALWAYS HIDDEN FROM JOURNALISTS.  X. SAID SHE KNEW OF 
NO RAPES OR EXTREME BEATINGS OF THE WOMEN AT OMARSKA, 
ALTHOUGH THEY WERE TERRORIZED AND USED AS FORCED 
LABOR. 
 
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18. (U)  OMARSKA HAD TWO BUILDINGS USED EXCLUSIVELY 
AS TORTURE CENTERS, THE "WHITE HOUSE" AND THE "RED 
HOUSE."  ACCORDING TO X., F.B., AND A.V., AS WELL AS 
OTHER EX-DETAINEES, THE WHITE HOUSE WAS TERRIBLE, BUT 
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DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
F.B. DESCRIBED THE WATER AS A STRANGE RUST RED COLOR. 
EDUCATED PRISONERS TENDED TO BE SENT TO THE RED 
HOUSE. (SEE SEPTEL - CASE OF S.H., OMARSKA SURVIVOR.) 
 
19. (U)  F.B. SAID HE WAS CONFINED ALONG WITH ABOUT 
470 OTHERS IN A ROOM WITH A SIMPLE CEMENT FLOOR ON 
THE SECOND-STORY OF A "FACTORY" BUILDING.  FROM A 
WINDOW IN THE ROOM, PRISONERS COULD SEE DIRECTLY INTO 
ONE ROOM OF THE "WHITE HOUSE" AND COULD SEE PRISONERS 
BEING TORTURED. 
 
20. (U)  F.B. SAID BEATINGS OFTEN WERE GIVEN NOT BY 
THE SHIFT GUARDS, BUT BY INDIVIDUALS FROM TOWN WHO 
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WERE ALLOWED INTO THE CAMP AFTER DARK TO GAIN REVENGE 
ON SPECIFIC PRISONERS (SEE PARA. 21 BELOW).  SANITARY 
FACILITIES WERE VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT.  EACH 
PRISONER WAS OCCASIONALLY ALLOWED TO USE A TOILET FOR 
TWO MINUTES OR LESS.  MOST PRISONERS WERE COVERED 
WITH LICE AND SUFFERED FROM DYSENTERY.  FOR LACK OF 
SPACE IN SOME ROOMS, PRISONERS HAD TO SLEEP IN A 
SITTING POSITION.  IN AT LEAST ONE SEVERELY CRAMPED 
ROOM, PRISONERS HAD TO TAKE TURNS SLEEPING; TWO- 
THIRDS OF THE PRISONERS WOULD STAND FOR AN HOUR WHILE 
ONE-THIRD SLEPT.  THESE SLEEPING SHIFT CHANGES WOULD 
CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. 
 
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21. (U)  F.B. SAID THAT A MUSLIM FRIEND NAMED MIR 
KARABASIC WAS TORTURED REGULARLY.  ONE DAY EMIR 
RETURNED TO THE SLEEPING ROOM WITH HIS BACK SEVERELY 
BURNED BY A GUARD.  THE PRISONERS HAD BEEN GIVEN SOME 
PORK LARD, AND F.B. RUBBED SOME OF THIS ON EMIR'S 
CHARRED BACK.  TWO DAYS LATER, TWO SERBIAN BROTHERS 
WERE LET INTO THE CAMP AFTER FIVE O'CLOCK.  THEY WERE 
DUSKO TADIC (NICKNAME DULE) AND LJUBO TADIC.  THEY 
OFTEN VISITED THE CAMP AT NIGHT. 
 
22. (U)  THE TADIC BROTHERS ENTERED THE SLEEPING 
QUARTERS CARRYING PISTOLS AND AUTOMATIC RIFLES.  THEY 
CALLED FOR EMIR, JASMIN HRMIC, AND (FNU) ALIC TO COME 
FORWARD.  THE THREE WERE BEATEN WITH RIFLE BUTTS AND 
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AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 08 OF 09 ZAGREB 02038 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
URINE OF THE OTHER TWO PRISONERS.  ALIC WAS NEXT 
BEATEN UNTIL HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND THEN AWAKENED 
WITH COLD WATER.  AFTER FURTHER BEATINGS, ALIC WAS 
FORCED TO TAKE HIS PANTS OFF.  THE TADIC BROTHERS 
THEN FORCED EMIR AND JASMIN TO BITE OFF ALIC'S 
TESTICLES.  ALIC DIED OF HIS WOUNDS THAT NIGHT. 
ACCORDING TO F.B., THESE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED ON THE 
SHIFT OF MLADO RADIC. 
 
23. (LOU)  F.B. AND X. DESCRIBED THE BRUTAL DEATH OF 
ANOTHER PRISONER, SILVIJE SARIC (STRICTLY PROTECT), 
IDENTIFIED BELOW AS "Y."   Y. WAS THE PRESIDENT OF 
THE HDZ IN PRIJEDOR AND A LAWYER FOR THE POST 
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OFFICE/TELEPHONE COMPANY (PTT). 
 
24. (U)  F.B.  REGULARLY SLEPT RIGHT NEXT TO Y.  Y. 
WAS TAKEN FOR QUESTIONING TO THE INSPECTORS ON THREE 
SEPARATE OCCASIONS, BUT REPORTEDLY GAVE THEM NO 
INFORMATION.  THIS QUESTIONING TOOK PLACE IN THE ROOM 
NEXT TO THE WOMEN'S SLEEPING QUARTERS.  ON THE LAST 
OCCASION, X. HEARD HIM BEGGING AND SCREAMING ALL 
NIGHT.  SHE RECOGNIZED HIS VOICE THROUGH THE WALL. 
SHE HEARD HIM BEG THE GUARDS TO STOP BEATING HIM.  AT 
ONE POINT SHE HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, "OH HOLY MOTHER, 
LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME."  THERE WAS QUIET AND A 
VOICE FINALLY SAID, "GET SOME WATER."  THEN HIS 
SCREAMS STARTED AGAIN.  Y. WAS BROUGHT BACK TO THE 
SLEEPING AREA, WHERE F.B. TRIED TO TAKE CARE OF HIM. 
F.B. SAID Y. LIVED IN A SEMI-CONSCIOUS STATE FOR TEN 
DAYS BUT THEN DIED.  F.B. BELIEVES THIS INCIDENT ALSO 
TOOK PLACE ON RADIC'S SHIFT. 
 
25. (U)  F.B. TOLD OF AN INCIDENT INVOLVING A 
PRISONER WHO WAS A MUSLIM HODJA, OR HOLY MAN.  ONE 
DAY IN MAY CLOSE TO BAJREM, THE MUSLIM HOLY DAY, A 
GUARD NAMED (FNU) BAKAJ CALLED FOR "THE HODJA" TO GO 
WITH HIM.  THE GUARD WAS YOUNG, WITH TWO LARGE 
PLASTIC SURGERY MARKS ON HIS FACE.  THE HODJA 
RETURNED AFTER SEVERAL HOURS, LOOKING VIOLENTLY ILL. 
HE WAS FORCED TO WALK AROUND THE PRISONERS' ROOM 
SAYING, "I ATE PORK AND IT WAS DELICIOUS."  HE LAY 
NEAR F.B. AND TRIED TO KEEP FROM VOMITING AS HE SHOOK 
FROM CONVULSIONS.  HE TOLD F.B. HE HAD BEEN BEATEN 
AND FORCED AT GUNPOINT TO EAT HEAVY PORK MEAT (ON A 
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WANT TO VOMIT FOR FEAR THE GUARDS WOULD FORCE HIM TO 
REPEAT THE EXERCISE. 
 
 
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INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 
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AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
USMISSION USVIENNA 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 09 OF 09 ZAGREB 02038 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
 
26.  F.B. AND SEVERAL OTHER PRISONERS WITNESSED THE 
SENSELESS BEATING AND DEATH OF RIZA HADJALIC.  RIZA 
HAD RECEIVED HIS DAILY SLICE OF BREAD AND WAS WALKING 
AWAY, WHEN A GUARD SAID "DOBAR TEK" (GOOD APPETITE). 
RIZA REPLIED SPONTANEOUSLY "BUJUM," THE MULSIM DIALECT 
EQUIVALENT.  SEVERAL GUARDS IMMEDIATLEY SET UPON RIZA 
AND BEAT HIM SENSELESS.  AFTERWARDS RIZA LAY ON HIS 
BACK AND VOMITTED.  NO ONE WAS ALLOWED TO TURN HIM 
OVER.  RIZA SUFFOCATED ON HIS VOMIT IN FRONT OF THE 
OTHERS. 
 
27. (U)  X., F.B., AND A.V. CONSIDERED CIGO MAMUZO 
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THE WORST GUARD IN OMARSKA.  THEY WITNESSED AND HEARD 
OF HIS KILLING MORE PRISONERS THAN ANY OTHER GUARD. 
A.V. SAW MAMUZO KILL AHIL DEDIC ON MAY 28 ON A BUS 
OUTSIDE THE CAMP GATE WHEN HE WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO 
OMARSKA.  MAMUZO BEAT AHIL ON THE HEAD WITH THE 
WOODEN BUTT OF A RIFLE UNTIL HIS SKULL BROKE. 
 
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28. (U)  MANY GUARDS TOOK THE PRISONERS PERSONAL 
PROPERTY.  HOWEVER, BRANKO AND MILOJICA BERIC WERE 
IDENTIFIED BY A.V. AND F.B. AS THE WORST OF THE 
GUARDS IN THIS RESPECT.  BRANKO ESPECIALLY STOLE 
WATCHES AND JEWELRY AND BOTH STOLE FOREIGN CURRENCY 
FROM THE PRISONERS.  A.V. AND F.B. WITNESSED THESE 
ROBBERIES SEVERAL TIMES. 
 
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INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 
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AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
USMISSION USVIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
USIA WASHDC 2225 
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DIA WASHDC 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 06 OF 09 ZAGREB 02038 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
-- DRAGO PESEVIC 
-- MILENKO RADIC 
-- MIRKO VIDOVIC 
 
(NOTE:  X. AND A.V. OBSERVED THAT THESE DRIVERS WOULD 
KNOW WHERE THEY HAD DELIVERED THE CORPSES AND WOULD 
PROBABLY ALSO KNOW HOW THEY HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF.) 
 
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16. (U)  X. SAID THE THIRTY-EIGHT WOMEN IN THE CAMP 
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SLEPT IN TWO ROOMS NEAR THE COMMANDER'S HEADQUARTERS. 
THE ROOM NUMBERS ON THE DOORS WERE 102 AND 103.  MOST 
OF THE WOMEN WERE SINGLE, DIVORCED, OR WIDOWED.  THEY 
SLEPT ON THE FLOOR WITH ONE BLANKET FOR EVERY TWO 
WOMEN.  AS THEY TRIED TO SLEEP, THE WOMEN INVARIABLY 
HEARD THE SCREAMS OF PRISONERS BEING TORTURED NEXT 
DOOR.  THIS WAS THE "INTERROGATION" ROOM.  EACH 
MORNING THE WOMEN WERE WOKEN UP AT SIX, AND TWO WERE 
CHOSEN RANDOMLY TO CLEAN THE "INTERROGATION" ROOM. 
IT WAS COVERED WITH FRESH BLOOD EACH MORNING.  THE 
"INTERROGATION" ROOM HAD THREE TABLES PUSHED AGAINST 
THE WALLS, AND WHIPS MADE FROM HEAVY WIRE CABLE. 
UNDER THREAT OF DEATH, THE WOMEN HAD TO PUT 
EVERYTHING BACK IN EXACTLY THE PLACE THEY HAD FOUND 
IT IN THE ROOM. 
 
17. (U)  ON OCCASION THE WOMEN ALSO CLEANED THE 
OFFICES OF THE COMMANDERS.  THE WOMEN PRISONERS WERE 
ALWAYS HIDDEN FROM JOURNALISTS.  X. SAID SHE KNEW OF 
NO RAPES OR EXTREME BEATINGS OF THE WOMEN AT OMARSKA, 
ALTHOUGH THEY WERE TERRORIZED AND USED AS FORCED 
LABOR. 
 
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-------------- 
 
18. (U)  OMARSKA HAD TWO BUILDINGS USED EXCLUSIVELY 
AS TORTURE CENTERS, THE "WHITE HOUSE" AND THE "RED 
HOUSE."  ACCORDING TO X., F.B., AND A.V., AS WELL AS 
OTHER EX-DETAINEES, THE WHITE HOUSE WAS TERRIBLE, BUT 
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AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 07 OF 09 ZAGREB 02038 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
F.B. DESCRIBED THE WATER AS A STRANGE RUST RED COLOR. 
EDUCATED PRISONERS TENDED TO BE SENT TO THE RED 
HOUSE. (SEE SEPTEL - CASE OF S.H., OMARSKA SURVIVOR.) 
 
19. (U)  F.B. SAID HE WAS CONFINED ALONG WITH ABOUT 
470 OTHERS IN A ROOM WITH A SIMPLE CEMENT FLOOR ON 
THE SECOND-STORY OF A "FACTORY" BUILDING.  FROM A 
WINDOW IN THE ROOM, PRISONERS COULD SEE DIRECTLY INTO 
ONE ROOM OF THE "WHITE HOUSE" AND COULD SEE PRISONERS 
BEING TORTURED. 
 
20. (U)  F.B. SAID BEATINGS OFTEN WERE GIVEN NOT BY 
THE SHIFT GUARDS, BUT BY INDIVIDUALS FROM TOWN WHO 
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WERE ALLOWED INTO THE CAMP AFTER DARK TO GAIN REVENGE 
ON SPECIFIC PRISONERS (SEE PARA. 21 BELOW).  SANITARY 
FACILITIES WERE VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT.  EACH 
PRISONER WAS OCCASIONALLY ALLOWED TO USE A TOILET FOR 
TWO MINUTES OR LESS.  MOST PRISONERS WERE COVERED 
WITH LICE AND SUFFERED FROM DYSENTERY.  FOR LACK OF 
SPACE IN SOME ROOMS, PRISONERS HAD TO SLEEP IN A 
SITTING POSITION.  IN AT LEAST ONE SEVERELY CRAMPED 
ROOM, PRISONERS HAD TO TAKE TURNS SLEEPING; TWO- 
THIRDS OF THE PRISONERS WOULD STAND FOR AN HOUR WHILE 
ONE-THIRD SLEPT.  THESE SLEEPING SHIFT CHANGES WOULD 
CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. 
 
--------------------------------------- 
SPECIFIC INCIDENTS OF EXTREME BRUTALITY 
--------------------------------------- 
 
21. (U)  F.B. SAID THAT A MUSLIM FRIEND NAMED MIR 
KARABASIC WAS TORTURED REGULARLY.  ONE DAY EMIR 
RETURNED TO THE SLEEPING ROOM WITH HIS BACK SEVERELY 
BURNED BY A GUARD.  THE PRISONERS HAD BEEN GIVEN SOME 
PORK LARD, AND F.B. RUBBED SOME OF THIS ON EMIR'S 
CHARRED BACK.  TWO DAYS LATER, TWO SERBIAN BROTHERS 
WERE LET INTO THE CAMP AFTER FIVE O'CLOCK.  THEY WERE 
DUSKO TADIC (NICKNAME DULE) AND LJUBO TADIC.  THEY 
OFTEN VISITED THE CAMP AT NIGHT. 
 
22. (U)  THE TADIC BROTHERS ENTERED THE SLEEPING 
QUARTERS CARRYING PISTOLS AND AUTOMATIC RIFLES.  THEY 
CALLED FOR EMIR, JASMIN HRMIC, AND (FNU) ALIC TO COME 
FORWARD.  THE THREE WERE BEATEN WITH RIFLE BUTTS AND 
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TO DRINK A GLASS OF MOTOR OIL AND THEN TO DRINK THE 
 
 
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INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 
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AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
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USMISSION USVIENNA 
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DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
URINE OF THE OTHER TWO PRISONERS.  ALIC WAS NEXT 
BEATEN UNTIL HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND THEN AWAKENED 
WITH COLD WATER.  AFTER FURTHER BEATINGS, ALIC WAS 
FORCED TO TAKE HIS PANTS OFF.  THE TADIC BROTHERS 
THEN FORCED EMIR AND JASMIN TO BITE OFF ALIC'S 
TESTICLES.  ALIC DIED OF HIS WOUNDS THAT NIGHT. 
ACCORDING TO F.B., THESE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED ON THE 
SHIFT OF MLADO RADIC. 
 
23. (LOU)  F.B. AND X. DESCRIBED THE BRUTAL DEATH OF 
ANOTHER PRISONER, SILVIJE SARIC (STRICTLY PROTECT), 
IDENTIFIED BELOW AS "Y."   Y. WAS THE PRESIDENT OF 
THE HDZ IN PRIJEDOR AND A LAWYER FOR THE POST 
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OFFICE/TELEPHONE COMPANY (PTT). 
 
24. (U)  F.B.  REGULARLY SLEPT RIGHT NEXT TO Y.  Y. 
WAS TAKEN FOR QUESTIONING TO THE INSPECTORS ON THREE 
SEPARATE OCCASIONS, BUT REPORTEDLY GAVE THEM NO 
INFORMATION.  THIS QUESTIONING TOOK PLACE IN THE ROOM 
NEXT TO THE WOMEN'S SLEEPING QUARTERS.  ON THE LAST 
OCCASION, X. HEARD HIM BEGGING AND SCREAMING ALL 
NIGHT.  SHE RECOGNIZED HIS VOICE THROUGH THE WALL. 
SHE HEARD HIM BEG THE GUARDS TO STOP BEATING HIM.  AT 
ONE POINT SHE HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, "OH HOLY MOTHER, 
LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME."  THERE WAS QUIET AND A 
VOICE FINALLY SAID, "GET SOME WATER."  THEN HIS 
SCREAMS STARTED AGAIN.  Y. WAS BROUGHT BACK TO THE 
SLEEPING AREA, WHERE F.B. TRIED TO TAKE CARE OF HIM. 
F.B. SAID Y. LIVED IN A SEMI-CONSCIOUS STATE FOR TEN 
DAYS BUT THEN DIED.  F.B. BELIEVES THIS INCIDENT ALSO 
TOOK PLACE ON RADIC'S SHIFT. 
 
25. (U)  F.B. TOLD OF AN INCIDENT INVOLVING A 
PRISONER WHO WAS A MUSLIM HODJA, OR HOLY MAN.  ONE 
DAY IN MAY CLOSE TO BAJREM, THE MUSLIM HOLY DAY, A 
GUARD NAMED (FNU) BAKAJ CALLED FOR "THE HODJA" TO GO 
WITH HIM.  THE GUARD WAS YOUNG, WITH TWO LARGE 
PLASTIC SURGERY MARKS ON HIS FACE.  THE HODJA 
RETURNED AFTER SEVERAL HOURS, LOOKING VIOLENTLY ILL. 
HE WAS FORCED TO WALK AROUND THE PRISONERS' ROOM 
SAYING, "I ATE PORK AND IT WAS DELICIOUS."  HE LAY 
NEAR F.B. AND TRIED TO KEEP FROM VOMITING AS HE SHOOK 
FROM CONVULSIONS.  HE TOLD F.B. HE HAD BEEN BEATEN 
AND FORCED AT GUNPOINT TO EAT HEAVY PORK MEAT (ON A 
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STOMACH THAT HAD BEEN EMPTY FOR WEEKS).  HE DID NOT 
WANT TO VOMIT FOR FEAR THE GUARDS WOULD FORCE HIM TO 
REPEAT THE EXERCISE. 
 
 
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INFO AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 
AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
AMEMBASSY ATHENS 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 
AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 
AMEMBASSY VIENNA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
USMISSION USVIENNA 
USMISSION USNATO 
USIA WASHDC 2228 
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DIA WASHDC 
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WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 0970 
 
 
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 09 OF 09 ZAGREB 02038 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
. 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
. 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
-         HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF X., F.B., AND A.V.; 
-         THE PERSONNEL STRUCTURE AT OMARSKA CAMP 
 
 
26.  F.B. AND SEVERAL OTHER PRISONERS WITNESSED THE 
SENSELESS BEATING AND DEATH OF RIZA HADJALIC.  RIZA 
HAD RECEIVED HIS DAILY SLICE OF BREAD AND WAS WALKING 
AWAY, WHEN A GUARD SAID "DOBAR TEK" (GOOD APPETITE). 
RIZA REPLIED SPONTANEOUSLY "BUJUM," THE MULSIM DIALECT 
EQUIVALENT.  SEVERAL GUARDS IMMEDIATLEY SET UPON RIZA 
AND BEAT HIM SENSELESS.  AFTERWARDS RIZA LAY ON HIS 
BACK AND VOMITTED.  NO ONE WAS ALLOWED TO TURN HIM 
OVER.  RIZA SUFFOCATED ON HIS VOMIT IN FRONT OF THE 
OTHERS. 
 
27. (U)  X., F.B., AND A.V. CONSIDERED CIGO MAMUZO 
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THE WORST GUARD IN OMARSKA.  THEY WITNESSED AND HEARD 
OF HIS KILLING MORE PRISONERS THAN ANY OTHER GUARD. 
A.V. SAW MAMUZO KILL AHIL DEDIC ON MAY 28 ON A BUS 
OUTSIDE THE CAMP GATE WHEN HE WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO 
OMARSKA.  MAMUZO BEAT AHIL ON THE HEAD WITH THE 
WOODEN BUTT OF A RIFLE UNTIL HIS SKULL BROKE. 
 
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28. (U)  MANY GUARDS TOOK THE PRISONERS PERSONAL 
PROPERTY.  HOWEVER, BRANKO AND MILOJICA BERIC WERE 
IDENTIFIED BY A.V. AND F.B. AS THE WORST OF THE 
GUARDS IN THIS RESPECT.  BRANKO ESPECIALLY STOLE 
WATCHES AND JEWELRY AND BOTH STOLE FOREIGN CURRENCY 
FROM THE PRISONERS.  A.V. AND F.B. WITNESSED THESE 
ROBBERIES SEVERAL TIMES. 
 
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