US embassy cable - 94ZAGREB872

TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO

Identifier: 94ZAGREB872
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Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1994-03-02 16:52:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PHUM PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR PREF HR BK War Crimes
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UNCLASSIFIED LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 05 ZAGREB 00872 
 
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WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 
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LIMITED OFFICIAL USE SECTION 01 OF 05 ZAGREB 000872 
 
 
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TAGS: PHUM, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, PREF, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT: TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: 
         EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; 
         GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO 
 
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INTRODUCTION 
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1. (U) THIS IS ONE IN A SERIES OF REPORTS OF 
INTERVIEWS WITH WAR CRIMES VICTIMS CONDUCTED IN 
LATE 1993 IN MAOCA, BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA, BY A 
DART/ZAGREB FIELD REP AND AN AMCIT IRC REP WHILE 
THEY WERE IN THE AREA ASSESSING HUMANITARIAN 
ASSISTANCE NEEDS. 
 
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WITNESS INFORMATION 
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2. (LOU) ZEJCIR OSMIC (STRICTLY PROTECT), HEREAFTER 
REFERRED TO AS THE WITNESS, IS A BOSNIAN MUSLIM 
FROM THE BRCKO MUNICIPALITY.  HE WAS BORN ON MAY 
19, 1945, AND WAS A CIVILIAN SHOP ASSISTANT AT THE 
MERKUR COMPANY IN BRCKO AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST 
BY BOSNIAN SERB FORCES ON MAY 1, 1992. 
 
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ARREST AND INCARCERATION IN BRCKO 
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3. (U) THE WITNESS, A SHOP ASSISTANT IN BRCKO, WAS 
VISITING HIS BROTHER'S HOME IN BRCKO ON MAY 1, 1992. 
HE AND HIS BROTHER SAW MANY SERB SOLDIERS IN BLACK 
UNIFORMS WHO SAID THEY WERE "ARKAN'S MEN."  THE 
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WITNESS SUGGESTED TO HIS BROTHER THAT THEY TRY TO 
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RUN AWAY.  AS THEY ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE FROM THE 
CENTER OF BRCKO, THEY WERE STOPPED AT THE 
RAILWAY STATION BY "RED BERETS" (WHO THE WITNESS 
SAID HE BELIEVED WERE FROM NIS IN SERBIA) AND 
WERE ASKED TO SHOW THEIR IDENTIFICATION CARDS. 
THEY WERE THEN ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO LUKA PRISON 
CAMP IN A JEEP.  WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT LUKA, THEY 
SAW MANY MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN LINED UP ALONG 
THE WALL OF THE COMPANY MANAGEMENT OFFICE.  THE 
WITNESS WAS BEATEN WITH A RUBBER TRUNCHEON BY 
SERB POLICEMEN FROM BIJELJINA AND THEN DRAGGED 
INTO A WAREHOUSE WHERE THERE WERE ABOUT 600 MEN 
AND BOYS SITTING WITH THEIR HEADS DOWN.  MANY 
WERE BRUISED AND BLEEDING.  THE WITNESS SAW A 
PASSAGEWAY TO ANOTHER WAREHOUSE WITH MORE PEOPLE. 
 
 
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TAGS:  PHUM, PREF, HR, BK 
SUBJECT: TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: 
         EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; 
         GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO 
 
HE SAW THAT SOME WERE BADLY BEATEN.  HE DID NOT 
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DARE TO LOOK AROUND TOO MUCH, HOWEVER, AS IT WAS 
NOT ALLOWED AND HE FEARED BEING BEATEN AGAIN. 
 
4. (U) SHORTLY AFTER THE WITNESS ARRIVED IN THE 
WAREHOUSE, "ARKAN'S SOLDIERS" BROUGHT IN A CROAT 
NAMED STIPE AND ASKED THE PRISONERS WHO WAS 
READY TO KILL HIM.  WHEN NO ONE ANSWERED, 
"ARKAN'S MEN" FORCED STIPE TO KNEEL AND SHOT HIM 
IN THE HEAD. 
 
5. (U) IN ANOTHER INCIDENT ON HIS FIRST DAY OF 
CONFINEMENT, HE SAID HE WITNESSED THE KILLING OF 
A LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OLD BY 
ONE OF "ARKAN'S SOLDIERS."  HE SAID THAT ALL THE 
PRISONERS HAD BEEN ORDERED TO STAND AGAINST THE 
WALL, AND WHEN THE GIRL TRIED TO PLAY WITH SOME 
OTHER CHILDREN BY THROWING THEM A BALL, THE 
SOLDIER KICKED HER, KNOCKING HER INTO THE WALL 
HEAD FIRST.  SHE DIED WITHOUT REGAINING 
CONSCIOUSNESS.  THE WITNESS SAID HE WAS ONLY A 
FEW METERS AWAY FROM THIS INCIDENT. 
 
6. (U) THE WITNESS SPENT 17 DA 
YS AT LUKA.  HE 
SAID THERE WERE NO LIGHTS IN THE WAREHOUSE, AND 
EVERY NIGHT SOLDIERS WOULD TAKE 20 TO 30 PEOPLE 
AT RANDOM.  THE PRISONERS WOULD THEN HEAR SHOTS 
AND SCREAMS FROM BEHIND THE WAREHOUSE.  HE SAID 
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THAT SOMETIMES ALL BUT FOUR OF THOSE TAKEN FROM 
THE WAREHOUSE ON A GIVEN NIGHT WOULD BE KILLED, 
AND THESE SURVIVORS WOULD THEN HAVE TO LOAD THE 
CORPSES ONTO TRUCKS.  OTHER TIMES, ALL THOSE 
TAKEN OUT WOULD BE KILLED AND ADDITIONAL 
PRISONERS WOULD BE TAKEN OUT THE NEXT DAY TO 
DISPOSE OF THE BODIES. 
 
7. (U) THE WITNESS ALSO SAW AN EXAMPLE OF 
INTELLECTUALS/ELITES BEING KILLED.  ONE DAY 
WHILE PERFORMING FORCED LABOR COLLECTING GARBAGE 
IN THE TOWN, HE WITNESSED TWO MEN, LEJDAHJA 
MUMINOVIC, THE PRESIDENT OF A TRADE UNION IN 
BRCKO, AND A WELL-KNOWN SALESMAN DRAGGED FROM 
THEIR HOMES AND SHOT. 
 
8. (U) THE WITNESS STATED THAT, A FEW DAYS AFTER 
HIS ARREST, HE SAW WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND OLD 
 
 
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TAGS:  PHUM, PREF, HR, BK 
SUBJECT: TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: 
         EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; 
         GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO 
 
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BREZOVO POLJE.  ONE MAN ABOUT 60 FELL WHILE 
TRYING TO CLIMB ONTO A TRUCK.  A GUARD NAMED 
MILOS CAJEVIC KICKED HIM, AND WHEN HE PROVED 
UNABLE TO MOUNT THE TRUCK, SHOT HIM TO DEATH 
WITH A PISTOL. 
 
9. (U) THE WITNESS REMEMBERED THE FOLLOWING 
GUARDS FROM LUKA:  TESIC (LNU) AND GORAN (LNU), 
BOTH OF WHOM COMMITTED MANY KILLINGS, PEDJA 
BOJANIC, AND MILOS CAJEVIC. 
 
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10. (U) THE WITNESS WAS RELEASED FROM THE LUKA 
CAMP WHEN A SERB COLLEAGUE FROM HIS COMPANY SAW 
HIM AND WENT TO THE CAMP COMMANDER TO SEEK HIS 
RELEASE.  THE MAN, RAJKO KRALJEVIC (STRICTLY 
PROTECT) WAS A GOOD MAN AND NOT A NATIONALIST, 
ACCORDING TO THE WITNESS.  TWO SOLDIERS CAME TO 
THE WITNESS AND TOLD HIM TO FOLLOW THEM.  HE WAS 
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CERTAIN HE WOULD BE KILLED.  INSTEAD HE WAS 
TAKEN TO A PIG FARM BY HIS FRIEND AND WORKED AND 
SLEPT THERE FOR THE NEXT YEAR. 
 
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11. (U) THE FARM THE WITNESS WAS TAKEN TO 
BELONGED TO THE BIMEX COMPANY AND WAS LOCATED 
ABOUT THREE KILOMETERS FROM BRCKO.  HE SAID 32 
MUSLIMS AND SIX CROATS WERE PERFORMING FORCED 
LABOR THERE.  THE MEN WORKED DAY AND NIGHT WITH 
ONLY FOUR TO FIVE HOURS OF SLEEP AND WERE BEATEN 
OFTEN.  SOMETIMES THEY WERE TAKEN TO THE FEED 
MILL IN BRCKO TO LOAD CATTLE FEED.  ONCE, IN THE 
SPRING OF 1993, HE SAW TWO MUSLIM GIRLS, FAHIRA 
CACKOVIC AND SABINA DELICIC, WITH CHETNIKS IN 
BRCKO, BUT THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO 
EACH OTHER. 
 
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STATE FOR EUR/EE, L, HA, IO 
 
USMISSION VIENNA ALSO FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
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TAGS:  PHUM, PREF, HR, BK 
SUBJECT: TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: 
         EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; 
         GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO 
 
12. (U) THE WITNESS SAID A PIT WAS DUG ABOUT 200 
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METERS FROM THE FARM ALONG A BROOK.  HE SAID THE 
DIMENSIONS WERE THREE TO FOUR METERS WIDE BY 30 
METERS LONG BY TWO METERS DEEP.  CORPSES OF MEN, 
WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WERE BROUGHT TO THE PIT AND 
THEN COVERED WITH A WHITE SUBSTANCE FROM 20 KILO 
DRUMS.  HE THOUGHT IT WAS SOME KIND OF 
PESTICIDE.  IT HAD A STRONG ODOR OF CHLORINE. 
AFTER UNLOADING, THE TRUCK DRIVERS WOULD CLEAN 
OUT THE TRUCKS AT A FIRE HYDRANT AT THE FARM. 
WHEN THE PIT WAS FULL, THE SERBS BROUGHT A FRONT 
END LOADER AND COVERED IT WITH DIRT.  THEN, HE 
SAID, THEY BROUGHT MATERIAL FROM THE RUINS OF 
THE BRCKO MOSQUE TO COVER THE DIRT.  FINALLY, 
THEY ADDED ANOTHER LAYER OF DIRT FROM A NEARBY 
HILL, ROLLED THE GRAVE FLAT, AND PLANTED GRASS. 
 
13. (U) THE WITNESS SAID THAT, TO REACH THE 
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GRAVE SITE, ONE SHOULD DRIVE EAST FROM BRCKO. 
AFTER ABOUT ONE AND ONE-HALF KILOMETERS (HALFWAY 
TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE FARM) THERE IS A BRIDGE 
ACROSS A BROOK.  DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE, BUT 
EXIT THE VEHICLE ON THE RIGHT SIDE, AND THEN 
WALK ALONG THE EDGE OF THE BROOK AWAY FROM THE 
ROAD FOR ABOUT 70 METERS.  HE BELIEVED THERE ARE 
200 OR MORE BODIES AT THIS LOCATION. 
 
14. (U) THE WITNESS HEARD FROM THE TRUCK DRIVERS 
WHO BROUGHT THE BODIES TO THE MASS GRAVE 
DESCRIB 
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ED ABOVE THAT, BEFORE THEY STARTED USING 
THE PIT, THEY HAD TRANSPORTED BODIES TO A PLACE 
WHERE THE BONES OF ANIMALS WERE INCINERATED TO 
PRODUCE CATTLE FEED.  THEY USED THIS INCINERATOR 
AS LONG AS COAL WAS AVAILABLE.  ABOUT 100 METERS 
BEHIND THIS LOCATION WAS THE BRCKO TOWN GARBAGE 
DEPOT AND A CANAL DOWN TO THE SAVA RIVER.  THE 
WITNESS SAID IT WAS RUMORED THAT THERE MIGHT BE 
ANOTHER MASS GRAVE UNDER THE GARBAGE, BUT HE HAD 
NO DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OF THIS. 
 
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15. (U) IN THE SPRING OF 1993, FOUR PRISONERS, 
INCLUDING THE WITNESS AND HIS BROTHER, WERE 
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TAGS:  PHUM, PREF, HR, BK 
SUBJECT: TFSROL: SEVERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN B-H: 
         EYE-WITNESS DESCRIBES KILLINGS IN LUKA; 
         GIVES LOCATION OF MASS GRAVE NEAR BRCKO 
 
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FROM A FARM.  HALF OF THE VILLAGE WAS OCCUPIED 
BY THE ARMY OF B-H.  WHEN A FIREFIGHT STARTED, 
THE PRISONERS JUMPED OUT AND BEGAN CRAWLING 
THROUGH A DITCH.  ONE OF THE TWO SERB DRIVERS 
SHOT THE WITNESS' BROTHER, WOUNDING HIM.  THE 
WITNESS AND THE TWO OTHER PRISONERS HAD TO CRAWL 
WITH THE SERBS BACK TO THE SERBIAN FRONT LINE. 
THE WITNESS LATER FOUND OUT HIS BROTHER WAS 
RESCUED BY THE B-H ARMY 25 HOURS LATER, BUT DIED 
IN THE HOSPITAL. 
 
16. (U) THE WITNESS WAS ULTIMATELY REGISTERED BY 
THE ICRC AND WAS EXCHANGED ON MAY 8, 1993. 
 
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