US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB2173

CYGOOL: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF N.B., J.A., H.C., S.B., AND H.E.; KERATERM CAMP PERSONNEL

Identifier: 92ZAGREB2173
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Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-10-27 16:00:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PHUM PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR War Crimes
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UNCLASSIFIED LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 05 ZAGREB  02173 
 
SIPDIS 
 
USEC BRUSSELS 
DIA WASHDC 
JOINT STAFF WASHDC//J-5/J-2// 
WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 1007 
 
 
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 05 ZAGREB 02173 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR, L, IO, HA 
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USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS: PHUM, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  CYGOOL:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA- 
          HERCEGOVINA - CASES OF N.B., J.A., H.C., 
          S.B., AND H.E.; KERATERM CAMP PERSONNEL 
 
REF:  ZAGREB 2170 
 
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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/NOT BE USED PUBLICLY FOR FEAR 
THAT THAT WOULD ENDANGER THE LIVES OF FAMILY MEMBERS 
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STILL IN SERBIAN-CONTROLLED AREAS IN B-H. 
 
2. (LOU)  NURIJA BESIC IS A 27-YEAR-OLD BUTCHER FROM 
KOZARAC.  JUSUF ARIFAGIC IS A 31-YEAR-OLD MECHANIC 
FROM KOZARAC.  HUSEIN CUSKIC IS A 35-YEAR-OLD BUILDER 
FROM TRNOPOLJE.  SUAD BAJRIC IS A 40-YEAR-OLD TEXTILE 
WORKER FROM KAMICANI.  HASIB ELKAZ IS A 52-YEAR-OLD 
BLUE-COLLAR WORKER FROM KOZARAC. 
 
3. (U)  EACH OF THESE SUBJECTS IS IDENTIFIED BELOW BY 
HIS INITIALS.  ALL FIVE ARE BOSNIAN MUSLIMS 
TEMPORARILY IN THE KARLOVAC TRANSIT FACILITY FOR 
EX-DETAINEES.  THEY WERE INTERNED IN KERATERM CAMP 
FOR ROUGHLY TWO MONTHS, FROM MID-JUNE TO EARLY AUGUST. 
THEY IDENTIFIED VARIOUS SENIOR OFFICERS AND GUARDS AT 
THE CAMP.  ALL FIVE SUBJECTS CLAIM TO HAVE WITNESSED 
SEVERE BEATINGS, TORTURE, AND KILLINGS.  TWO OF THESE 
SUBJECTS PROVIDED CORROBORATING TESTIMONY REGARDING 
THE MASS KILLING AT KERATERM ON JULY 24 (REFTEL). 
ONE SUBJECT PROVIDED NOTEWORTHY SECOND-HAND TESTIMONY 
FROM A CLOSE RELATIVE WHO HAD WITNESSED ELABORATE 
STEPS TAKEN TO DISGUISE THE CONTENTS OF A MASS GRAVE 
IN THE VILLAGE OF TOMARSICA NEAR OMARSKA (PARA 16, 
BELOW).  THE SUBJECTS WERE INTERVIEWED SEPARATELY ON 
OCTOBER 9, 10, AND 13 IN KARLOVAC AND EACH WAS JUDGED 
CREDIBLE.  END INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY. 
 
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4. (U)  N.B. IS A 27-YEAR-OLD BUTCHER.  J. A. IS A 
31-YEAR-OLD MECHANIC.  H.C. IS A 35-YEAR-OLD BUILDER. 
S.B. IS A 40-YEAR-OLD TEXTILE WORKER.  H.E. IS A 
 
 
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52-YEAR-OLD BLUE-COLLAR WORKER. ALL FIVE ARE BOSNIAN 
 
MUSLIMS FROM VILLAGES IN THE PRIJEDOR REGION.  ALL 
ARRIVED AT KERATERM CAMP IN MID-JUNE AND SPENT 
ABOUT TWO MONTHS THERE BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED 
TO TRNOPOLJE IN EARLY AUGUST. 
 
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5. (U)  J.A. AND H.E. IDENTIFIED THREE PERSONS WHO 
WERE SENIOR OFFICERS AT KERATERM.  ALTHOUGH THEY 
DISAGREED ON THE PRECISE POSITIONS OF THESE THREE 
OFFICERS, J.A. AND H.E. IDENTIFIED THE SAME THREE 
INDIVIDUALS.  J.A. IDENTIFIED DRASKO DOSEN (NICKNAMED 
KAJIN) AS THE COMMANDER OF KERATERM AT LEAST FROM 
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JUNE 14 TO JULY 15.  (H.E., ON THE OTHER HAND, 
THOUGHT DOSEN HAD BEEN ONE OF THE THREE SHIFT 
LEADERS.)  GUARDS AT KERATERM TOLD THE PRISONERS THAT 
DOSEN WAS WANTED BY THE CROATS FOR CRIMES HE HAD 
COMMITTED DURING THE SERBO-CROATIAN WAR.  DOSEN IS IN 
HIS MID-THIRITIES, FROM LTHE VILLAGES OF JUTRUGOSKA, 
NEAR PRIJEDOR. 
 
6. (U)  J.A. IDENTIFIED KOMJENOVIC (FNU - POSSIBLY 
IVICA; NICKNAMED KOLA) AS THE SECOND COMMANDER OF 
KERATERM, TAKING OVER FROM DOSEN ON JULY 15 AND 
REMAINING UNTIL EARLY AUGUST.  (H.E. THOUGHT 
KOMJENOVIC WAS ANOTHER OF THE THREE SHIFT LEADERS.) 
J.A. AND H.E., AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHER EX-PRISONERS, 
BELIEVE KOMJENOVIC GAVE THE ORDER TO SHOOT AT THE 
JULY 24 MASS KILLING AT KERATERM (REFTEL, AND BELOW). 
KOMJENOVIC IS ALSO ABOUT THIRTY AND IS FROM THE 
VILLAGE OF LJUBIJA. 
 
7. (U)  J.A. IDENTIFIED DUSKO SIKIRIC (NICKNAMED 
KOMMANDANT) AS THE THIRD CAMP COMMANDER IN SEQUENCE, 
INSTALLED JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE J.A. LEFT KERATERM. 
(H.E. BELIEVED THAT SIKIRIC WAS ALL ALONG "THE" 
OFFICIAL CAMP COMMANDER.)  SIKIRIC WAS OVER FORTY 
YEARS OLD AND USED TO BE THE HEAD OF THE CELPAK PAPER 
FACTORY IN PRIJEDOR.  H.E. SAID SIKIRIC OFTEN WATCHED 
THE GUARDS BEAT THE PRISONERS. 
 
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8. (U)  H.E. SAID KERATERM HAD THREE GUARD SHIFTS.  A 
SHIFT RAN FROM SIX AM TO SIX PM.  H.E., WHO MAINTAINED 
(ABOVE) THAT KOMJENOVIC AND DOSEN WERE TWO SHIFT 
LEADERS, COULD NOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE THIRD 
SHIFT LEADER.  ACCORDING TO H.E., HOWEVER, THIS THIRD 
SHIFT LEADER WAS THE WORST.  WHEN THIS THIRD SHIFT 
LEADER HAD THE NIGHT SHIFT, A MINIMUM OF THREE MEN 
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9. (U)  J.A. IDENTIFIED THREE GUARDS HE SAW TORTURE 
OTHER PRISONERS:  A PAIR OF TWIN BROTHERS NAMED 
BANOVIC (FIRST NAMES BSELIEVED TO BE PETROBRAG AND 
ZELJKO) AND A MAN NAMED KONDIC (FNU).  J.A. SAID 
KONDIC OFTEN PARTICIPATED IN THE "NIGHTLY GAMES" WITH 
THE PRISONERS.  S.B. SAID THAT ONE NIGHT KONDIC HAD 
CALLED FOR EMSUD BAHONJIC TO COME OUT OF THE 
"DORMITORY," WHEREUPON KONDIC BEAT HIM.  S.B. SAID HE 
SAW BAHONJIC'S BODY IN FRONT OF THE DORMITORY DOOR 
THE NEXT MORNING.  ALL HIS TEETH HAD BEEN COMPLETELY 
KNOCKED OUT BY A PIPE, AND HIS KNEE CAP HAD BEEN 
DEEPLY GOUGED WITH A KNIFE. 
 
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10. (U)  N.B., S.B., AND H.C. IDENTIFIED ZORAN ZIGIC 
AS ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL GUARDS AT THE CAMP.  ZIGIC 
IS A TAXI DRIVER FROM PRIJEDOR.  S.B. SAID THAT ON 
HIS (S.B.'S) SECOND DAY IN THE CAMP ZIGIC CALLED OUT 
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THE NAMES OF FORTY PRISONERS FROM THE VILLAGE OF 
KAMICANI, INCLUDING S.B.  ZIGIC SCREAMED AT THEM, 
UNDER FOURTEEN WITH ZIGIC BEAT SEVERAL OF THE MEN 
OUTSIDE THE DORMITORY WITH A POLICE BATON.  THE 
PRISONERS WERE ASKED WHO HAD KEPT FIREARMS AT HOME. 
S.B.'S NEIGHBOR IDENTIFIED S.B.  THEN S.B. AND 
ANOTHER PRISONER WERE BEATEN BRUTALLY BY ZIGIC AND 
ONE OF THE BANOVIC TWINS.  THEY USED THICK ELECTRIC 
CABLES AND TRUNCHEONS ALL OVER S.B.'S BODY.  HE WAS 
BEATEN TWO MORE TIMES. 
 
11. (U)  ON THE OCCASION OF S.B.'S THIRD BEATING, 
THREE DAYS LATER, THE TWO GUARDS DOING THE BEATING 
YELLED AT HIM ABOUT HIS SUPPOSED INVOLVEMENT IN THE 
SHOOTING ON THE SERB VILLAGE OF BALTEN.  S.B. TRIED 
TO DEFEND HIMSELF AND A SCUFFLE ENSUED.  ONE OF THE 
BANOVIC TWINS PULLED OUT A KNIFE AND APPEARED INTENT 
ON GOUGING OUT S.B'S EYE.  S.B. MANAGED TO PUSH 
BANOVIC'S HAND AWAY.  BANOVIC THEN SLASHED THE RIGHT 
SIDE OF S.B.'S NECK.  NEXT BANOVIC FIRED A PISTOL 
(UNLOADED AS IT TURNED OUT) POINT-BLANK AT S.B.'S 
TEMPLE.  S.B. THEN "CONFESSED" TO HAVING FIRED ON 
BALTEN, ALTHOUGH IN FACT HE HAD NOT DONE SO.  BANOVIC 
THEN TRIED TO CUT OFF S.B.'S EAR, BUT S.B. AGAIN 
DEFLECTED THE KNIFE.  THEN BANOVIC STABBED S.B. IN 
HIS LEFT THIGH, TWISTED THE KNIFE, AND PULLED OUT A 
PIECE OF S.B.'S FLESH.  BANOVIC DID THE SAME TO 
S.B.'S RIGHT THIGH.  S.B. SHOWED EMBOFF THE SCARS. 
S.B. SAID THE CUTS WERE ABOUT TEN CENTIMETERS DEEP. 
 
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EXCRUCIATING PAIN FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES WITH BLOOD 
SOAKING HIS PANTS.  THE GUARDS ORDERED HIM TO MARCH 
TO THE BATHROOM AND CLEAN HIMSELF UP.  S.B. MANAGED 
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BLOODY TROUSERS.  S.B. ESTIMATED HE LOST MORE THAN 
ONE-AND-A-HALF LITERS OF BLOOD THAT DAY.  A FEW 
NIGHTS LATER, THE GUARD ZIGIC AGAIN CALLED INTO THE 
"DORMITORY" FOR S.B. TO COME OUT, BUT S.B. REFUSED TO 
ANSWER.  ZIGIC ORDERED OTHERS TO FIND HIM.  AT THE 
DOOR, ZIGIC ASKED HIM, "WHERE ARE YOU FROM?" 
"KAMICANI," SAID S.B.  "YOU FOUGHT AT BALTEN?", ZIGIC 
QUESTIONED.  S.B. REPLIED THAT HE HAD NOT AND THAT 
HIS HOUSE WAS ON THE BORDER OF KAMICANI AND KOZARAC. 
S.B. SAID ZIGIC, STRANGELY, NEVER CAME FOR HIM AGAIN. 
 
13. (U)  H.C. SAID ZIGIC AND A GUARD NAMED DUSAN 
KNEZEVIC (NICKNAMED DUCA) BEAT HIM WITH A POLICE 
BATON THAT HAD A SPIKED LEAD BALL ATTACHED TO IT. 
SIGIC AND KNEZEVIC SINGLED OUT PRISONERS WHO RECEIVED 
PACKAGES FROM THEIR WIVES AND FAMILIES.  THEY GAVE 
THE PRISONERS THE PACKET AND THEN BEAT THEM FIERCELY. 
N.B. SAID ZIGIC AND THE GUARD DUCA BEAT PEOPLE 
NIGHTLY.  THEY WOULD CAME TO THE DORMITORY AND CALL 
OR PEOPLE.  ALMOST INEVITABLY ONE OR TWO OF THE 
TORTURED PRISONERS DIED, ESPECIALLY WHEN DUCA 
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SPIKED BALLS, HEAVY WIRE CABLES, AND BASEBALL BATS. 
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14. (U)  N.B. PROVIDED SEPARATE TESTIMONY REGARDING 
THE JULY 24 MASS MURDER OF OVER ONE HUNDRED PRISONERS 
(REFTEL).  PRISONERS WERE KEPT IN FOUR SEPARATE ROOMS 
AT KERATERM.  N.B. WAS IN ROOM TWO.  ROOM THREE IS 
WHERE PRISONERS WERE MOST SEVERELY TORTURED AND WHERE 
THE MASSACRE OCCURRED.  THE DETAILS OF N.B.'S STORY 
AGREE WITH THE ACCOUNTS GIVEN IN REFTEL.  FROM A 
WINDOW IN ROOM TWO, N.B. SAW THE GUARD SHIFT CHANGE 
ON SCHEDULE AT SIX PM.  BUT THEN IT CHANGED AGAIN TWO 
HOURS LATER.  MORE GUARDS WERE STATIONED IN FRONT OF 
THE ROOMS.  N.B. SAID THE GUARDS HAD AUTOMATIC RIFLES. 
WHEN THE DISTURBANCES STARTED BECAUSE OF THE 
INSUFFERABLE CONDITIONS IN THE ROOM, THE GUARDS FIRED 
A FEW SHOTS.  N.B. HEARD A VOICE SHOUT, "DON'T SHOOT 
WITHOUT AN ORDER FROM KOLA," (KOMJENOVIC).  WHEN THE 
RIOTING GREW WORSE.  N.B. HEARD KOMJENOVIC SAY, 
"FIRE|"  N.B. HEARD RAPID GUNFIRE AND SCREAMS. 
 
15. (U)  THE FOLLOWING DAY GUARDS CHOSE TWO PRISONERS 
FROM ROOMS ONE AND TWO EACH TO REMOVE THE DEAD. 
THESE PRISONERS COUNTED 99 DEAD AND 42 WOUNDED, N.B. 
REPORTED.  THEY WERE ORDERED TO PUT THE WOUNDED ON 
THE SAME TRUCK AS THE DEAD.  THE TRUCK WAS LABELED 
PRIJEDOR AUTOTRANSPORT.  NONE OF THE WOUNDED OR THE 
DRIVER OF THE TRUCK (ANOTHER PRISONER) WAS SEEN AGAIN. 
N.B. SAID A SIMILAR INCIDENT HAPPENED IN THE SAME 
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ROOM THE NEXT DAY, IN WHICH 21 DIED AND FIVE WERE 
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16. (U)  H.C. BELIEVES THE BODIES WERE BURIED IN THE 
VILLAGE OF TOMARSICA, NEAR OMARSKA, IN AN AREA CALLED 
DEPUNIJA.  H.C.'S UNCLE HAS A HOUSE NEAR THIS AREA AND 
SAW THE FOLLOWING INCIDENT.  FROM HIS WINDOW, H.C.'S 
UNCLE COULD SEE A FEW HUNDRED METERS AWAY THROUGH THE 
WOODS.  HE TOLD H.C. HE HAD WATCHED A TRUCK UNLOAD 
MANY DEAD BODIES INTO A VERY DEEP PIT.  THE BODIES 
HAD THEN BEEN COVERED OVER WITH UP TO SEVEN OR EIGHT 
METERS OF SOIL.  A FEW DAYS LATER, H.C.'S UNCLE 
CONTINUED, TRUCKS CAME AGAIN AND MANY ANIMAL CORPSES 
WERE UNLOADED INTO THE PIT.  THEN A LAYER OF SOIL WAS 
LAID ON TOP OF THE ANIMAL CORPSES.  H.C.'S UNCLE HAD 
SPECULATED THAT THE BURIED ANIMAL CORPSES WERE 
INTENDED TO SIDETRACK ANY EVENTUAL INVESTIGATION INTO 
WHAT LAY BURIED IN THIS SPOT. 
 
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