Lukic’s defence restless in fabricating evidence
A protected witness – referred to only as MLD-10 in court – spoke highly of Lukic, and said he had helped her father and brother escape to safety during the war. MLD-10 described Lukic as a “quiet, nice person” who was “always forthcoming, helpful where he could be” and “extremely humane and gracious”.
However, MLD-10 , a Bosnian Muslim women from Rujiste (the birthplace of Milan Lukic), married to a Croat in Zavidovic was the contact-person for the meeting between Hamdija Vilic and Milan Lukic’s defence last year. As Hamdija Vilic testified, he was contacted by MLD-10 to come to Zavidovici to meet with Lukic’s defence who offered him 100,000 Euro to give Lukic and alibi(see more here). MLD-10 denied Hamdija Vilic’s accusations and claims that Vilic is a Bosnian nationalist who disapproved of her lifestyle.
MLD-10 claimed that Milan Lukic helped her father and brother escape from Visegrad. The prosecution raised doubts about her story:
“So is your evidence that Milan Lukic helped them escape with their lives from Rujiste, and yet they return, collect their cattle and walk with them down a half-hour walk to the banks of the Drina and then bring them across the Drina on a boat?”
She repiled that this had been the case.
As the prosecution claims, it seems that Lukic’s defence gave MLD-10 a sum of 20,000 Euro to testify. Her brother, also a witness, MLD-2, who was entitled to receive half of the money given to her got angry when he received a much smaller sum.
“I now put to you that you unexpectedly volunteered MLD-2’s evidence during your testimony as a way of giving Milan Lukic what he has already paid for – an alibi for 27 June. Is that not the truth?” asked the prosecution.
MLD-10 denied this claiming that her damaged relationship with her brother has nothing to do with Lukic.