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Retired American Police Officer dismisses Visegrad Genocide Survivors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by visegrad92
Cliff Jenkins, former Albuquerque Police Department officer served as an "expert witness" for Milan Lukic's defense

Cliff Jenkins, former Albuquerque Police Department officer served as an "expert witness" for Milan Lukic's defense

Jason Alarid, Milan Lukic’s main defense lawyer brought his hometown (Albuquerque,USA) former deputy Chief of Police Cliff Jenkins as an “expert witness” in a war crimes case.  Jenkis did his homework: he turned down every witness testimony and evidence brought to court by the Persecution. He dismissed Zehra Turjacanin’s testimony about the Bikavac crime in which more than 70 people were burnt alive, by claiming that- if it had been true, she must have more burn marks on the lower part of her body.

As a motive for the testimonies, he says that the witnesses may have lied so as to “receive financial aid” and as “being members of victim organisations” they “could overlap testimonies”.

*READ about Lukic’s defense trying to bribe Bosniak victims.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 by visegrad92
Ewa Tabeau, prosecution expert witness.

Ewa Tabeau, prosecution expert witness.


They say expert witness’s methods “inappropriate” and “irrelevant” for case.

By Rachel Irwin in The Hague

A statistician who prepared the initial list of victims allegedly killed by Bosnian Serb cousins Milan and Sredoje Lukic came under fire this week from defence lawyers, who pronounced her report “irrelevant” and asked judges to dismiss it.

“What does a ‘proof of death’ project [carried out to identify victims] have to do with demographics?” Jason Alarid, Milan Lukic’s lawyer, asked expert witness Ewa Tabeau, a statistician in the prosecution’s demography unit.

Confusion on how exactly a statistical report can prove that a person is dead was rife throughout the expert witness’s testimony.

Tabeau’s report, outlining the results of her Proof of Death project, has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks after the defence produced evidence that three of the allegedly deceased victims named in it were likely to be alive.

The report cross-references the alleged victims’ names with available census information, voting records and lists of missing persons, among other sources.

Other than eyewitness statements collected by the prosecution, her report provides the only proof that the victims in the indictment are, in fact, dead.

The Bosnian Serb Lukic cousins are accused of murdering about 150 Bosniaks in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad during the summer of 1992.

The three so-called living victims are alleged to have died in a house fire in Pionirska Street on June, 14, 1992, after the Lukic cousins allegedly barricaded a group of 70 Bosniaks into the house and set it alight.

The prosecution asked judges last week to remove three names from the Pionirska victim list, conceding that it was possible that they did not die in the fire.

Confusion over what exactly the report proves compelled presiding Judge Patrick Robinson to ask Tabeau the same question – slightly reworded – three times in a row.

“How does demography establish that Mr Lukic killed someone?” asked Robinson.

“We can’t help establish whether Mr Lukic killed these people or not,” she finally responded. “[But] we can help establish whether these people were killed or not.”

“Isn’t it fair to say that has nothing to do with statistics?” retorted Alarid.

Tabeau defended her report, as well as the lengthy written “clarification” she produced on March 16, after the allegations surfaced that some victims were still alive.

She conceded only that it was “possible” that three people originally on the victims’ list did not die in the Pionirska fire and strongly denied Alarid’s suggestion that up to 18 alleged Pionirska victims might be alive.

Tabeau responded to a defence submission, in which it presented details of 18 living people that it said had been mistakenly included on the list of those killed in the fire.

She said that while these people had the same names as the recorded victims, she reiterated that their ages and other biographical information did not match those listed in the indictment.

When Alarid pressed Tabeau about the lack of death certificates – or any other physical evidence – of the fire victims, she responded that methods are much different in times of conflict.

“You’re saying that a death certificate is the ultimate proof,” she said. “Maybe in peacetime, but we’re speaking about a conflict, where people are on the move and many things are happening. You can’t expect that those cases will be documented the same way as in peacetime.”

Alarid also brought up the fact that some of names on the list seemed to have no other identifying information corresponding with a “real, live person”.

“Can we consider those people non-persons?” asked Alarid.

“Absolutely not,” responded Tabeau. “Witness statements are not perfect, but that doesn’t mean the victims never existed. There will be errors, but it doesn’t mean that the war never happened and people were never killed.”

When Alarid repeatedly claimed that some of the alleged victims had never existed, Tabeau grew exasperated.

“What would you say about victims of the Cambodia [genocide]?” she asked. “[There are] no names. Does it mean that crimes never happened?”

Alarid brushed off her remark, saying her methods were “inappropriate” in a “first commission” case, where the defendants are personally accused of killing over 100 people.

“[My client] could go to jail for killing someone that’s alive. Isn’t that true?” asked Alarid.

“I’m not going to allow that,” interjected Judge Robinson.

During the short cross-examination, prosecutor Maxine Marcus criticised the defence’s methods of obtaining information about victims on the deceased list – including looking up names in the phonebook.

“There is no reason to believe you’d ever be able to narrow down your search [by pursuing such methods],” said Tabeau. “It’s impossible.”

She also said that the police and government authorities in Visegrad – whom the defence asked for assistance in locating alleged victims – had no access to the 1991 census. It was unclear, she said, what sources they used for providing any information they dispensed.

At the end of her testimony, Alarid asked Judge Robinson to “strike” Tabeau’s report and subsequent clarification.

“It’s statistically not relevant,” said Alarid.

Judge Robinson criticised Alarid for making such a request verbally and said the chamber would deal with the matter at a future date.

Rachel Irwin is an IWPR reporter in The Hague.

Source: IWPR


Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 by visegrad92

Taken from Srebrenica Genocide Blog.

28 March, 2009


Dr. Mustafa Cerić is the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina and a member of the Committee on Conscience fighting against the Holocaust denial

Invited by president of Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah, David de Rothschild, Reisu-l-ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić took part today in Paris, the seat of the UNESCO, in the presentation of Projet Aladin, accompanied by some two hundred prominent intellectuals, historians, academics and political personae from thirty countries, most of them from the Islamic world. The gathering is about cultural and educational initiative for promotion of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue based upon mutual acquaintance, respect and refusal to deny and diminish Holocaust. Hosted by the UNESCO, former President of France Jacques Chirac, Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal of Jordan, former President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid and former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, project “Aladdin” aims to assist in Muslim-Jewish dialogue so as to remove many a prejudice and stereotype which burden the Muslim-Jewish relations in the world.

“The call of conscience”

A statement, titled “The Call of Conscience”, was adopted to denote the principle of the project: We, women and men in public life, historians, intellectuals and people of faith have gathered to announce that defence of values of justice and brotherhood must overcome all obstacles on the way to victory over intolerance, racism and confrontation. We are witnesses to daily increase in hatred and violence which deepen the abyss of misunderstanding. That has a particular impact upon the current relations between Muslims and Jews who have, for centuries in Persia, in the Middle Ages of Europe, in Northern Africa and in the Uthmaniyyah Empire, lived in relative harmony.

“Israelis and Palestinians have the right to their own states”

We firmly declare that Israelis and Palestinians have the right to their own states, sovereignty and security and that every peace process adhering to these aims ought to be supported. Facing the lack of knowledge, the prejudices and competing sentiments which we all reject, we believe in acquainting ourselves of one-another, and in the primacy of History. Therefore we affirm, above all political views, our decisiveness to defend the historic truth as there is no peace based upon lies. The Holocaust is a historical fact: a genocide in which some six Million European Jews perished. Its magnanimity is universal, as values of dignity and respect of human being is what the Nazi Germany and its European allies sought to destroy. Denial of that crime against humanity is not only an affront to the memories of the victims but an affront to the very idea of civilization. Therefore we believe that learning about this tragedy is a cause for all who have the heart and will to prevent future genocides.

We call upon all people of conscience in the world to work with us

The same demand for truth obligates us to remember the good people in Europe as well as among Arabs and Muslims. We declare, together, our mutual wish to promote truthful, open and brotherly dialogue. In that spirit we gathered in this project “Aladdin”. We call upon all people of conscience in the world to work with us in this joint venture of mutual acquaintance, respect and peace.

Unite in the struggle against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

In this regard, Reisu-l-ulema, Dr. Mustafa Cerić, stated in Paris: I thank Mr. David de Rothschild to participate in this interesting project hosted by the UNESCO and supported by world statesmen, intellectuals, historians and theologians. The importance of this is augmented because of the fact that I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina where, at the end of the 20-th century, a genocide was perpetrated upon Muslims in Europe, several decades after the Holocaust. This is, therefore, the right opportunity and place for me to remind all that Muslims and Jews have reasons to gather around a joint project such as this one and unite in the struggle against anti-Semitism and Islam-phobia, which phobia has gathered speed of recent.

July 11th – the day of remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide

It suffices to state that Muslims and Jews have a joint experience of persecution and genocide in Europe: both were expelled from Spain (Endelus) in the fifteenth century, with the Sephardic Jews finding a safe haven in Sarajevo, which is best witnessed by the Sarajevo Holy Haggadah, and both suffered a genocide in the twentieth century, Jews from the Nazis and Bosnian Muslims from the Serbian aggressors. It is for that reason that we respect the fact that the European Parliament adopted, on January 15, 2009, a resolution to proclaim July 11th as day of remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide and called upon all “people of conscience” to remember, on July 11th, the crime against humanity which was committed on July 11th, 1995, in Srebrenica against Bosnian Muslims and, consequently, we call for all to take an oath that it will never happen again to anybody.

We have committed to develop the Muslim-Jewish cultural dialogue

I am happy to advise you about the initiative “With culture to unity”, which Dr. Vladimir Salamon, Director of Jewish cultural group “Bejahad”, and I, initiated and signed on September 9th, 2006 in Hvar, Croatia, and took on to develop the Muslim-Jewish dialogue as there are more positive, rather than negative, historical examples for us to learn from and help one another free ourselves from prejudices and stereotyping which take us further away from our unity in resisting anti-Semitism which is on the increase, and Islam-phobia which endangers the world peace and stability – were the parting words of Reisu-l-ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić in Paris.

Further reading:

1.Serbian Nazi Chetniks Committed Genocide Against Jews, Roma, and Bosniaks in the World War II

2.United States Holocaust Museum: Interview with Hasan Nuhanovic, Srebrenica Genocide Survivor

3.Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel Blasts Karadzic for Denying Mass Killings of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica

4. Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day – Let Us Not Forget Jews who Perished in the WWII

5.Our Friends at the United States Holocaust Museum’s Conscience Committee

6.British Holocaust Denier, David Irving, Convicted and Jailed in Austria


Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2009 by visegrad92
US forensic psychologist George Hough, defense witness claims that Milan Lukic is 'a peaceful man'.

US forensic psychologist George Hough, defense witness claims that Milan Lukic is 'a peaceful man'.

US forensic psychologist has testified about the emotional and cognitive state of the accused Milan Lukic. In an interview in the UN Detention, the psychologist learned that Lukic’s favorite book was The Bridge on the Drina and his favorite movie Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

At the trial of Milan and Sredoje Lukic, the defense of the first-accused called another US expert, forensic psychologist George Hough. Hough analyzed the credibility of three prosecution witnesses based on the transcripts of their evidence and evaluated the current emotional and cognitive state of the accused.

In his analysis of the evidence of Zehra Turjacanin, Dr. Hough noted that it had to be heard with a ‘third ear’, as her memory could be distorted by trauma and this could result in ‘mistaken identity’. Zehra Turjacanin is the only survivor from the house in Bikavac. According to the indictment, on 27 June 1992 the two accused detained and burned alive dozens of women, children and old men there. In Hough’s words, the ability of witness VG-115 to offer relevant and coherent information was diminished by the post-traumatic stress disorder. VG-115 is a Serb woman from Visegrad who claims to have witnessed a number of murders perpetrated by Milan Lukic and the ‘living pyres’ in the Pionirska Street and in Bikavac. Hough described the evidence of the third witness he evaluated, VG-63, as ‘clearly a case of misperception’ because the witness mentioned a tattoo Milan Lukic didn’t have today.

Taking the court through Milan Lukic’s life and times, Dr. Hough concluded that the accused was ‘a peaceful man’, showing no signs of hostility towards other ethnic groups and no ‘indications of psychopathic behavior’. In their interview in the UN Detention Unit the accused admitted he had ‘killed people, but only in combat’. After the first kill, Lukic told Hough, he ‘realized he didn’t want to kill any more’, but remained an active-duty soldier. Lukic also denied that he took part in the crimes against civilians, claiming that he was convicted by a kangaroo court in Serbia. Lukic was sentenced to 20 years for abduction and murder of 16 Muslims from Sjeverin. In Milan Lukic’s words, the trial in Serbia reminded him of ‘Stalin’s times’.

According to the US psychologist, Milan Lukic is ‘not a deeply intellectual person’ although he has read some books. As Lukic confided in the interview, his favorite book is The Bridge on the Drina and his favorite movie is Pretty Village, Pretty Flame.

Many witnesses have said that Milan Lukic killed Muslims on the Old Bridge in Visegrad and then threw their bodies in the Drina River; the indictment charges him with setting up two ‘living pyres’ where some 140 women, children and old men were burned alive. Seen in this light, his choice of the favorite book and movie seem like yet another morbid message similar to the image of Milan Lukic in the dock prominently displaying the holy book of Islam, Qur’an.

The US psychologist will be cross-examined tomorrow by the prosecution.

Taken from here.


VGM Editor’s note:

What is interesting in Mr. Hough’s  “psychological portrait” is Milan Lukic’s most favorite book and film. “The Bridge on the river Drina” was written by Ivo Andric and it shows the “Turks” (i.e. Bosnian Muslims) in a very negative portrait in Visegrad. Pretty village, pretty flame (1996) is a biased Serb film about the Bosnian war,  where Serb crimes are shown in an ironic image.  For the purposes of filming this movie, an East Bosnian village near Visegrad called Medjedja was burnt down.

Additional reading: Of Bogomils, Race and Ivo Andric and The Saddest Eyes I’ve Seen: Visegrad, Ivo Andric and Christoslavism by Michael Sells

Visegrad genocidal rape

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by visegrad92

*WATCH Bosnian TV news report on genocidal rape in Visegrad. Special thanks to BIRN for posting it on their website.

Journalists kill too, don’t they?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by visegrad92
 Women Genocide Survivors from Visegrad  protest in Sarajevo. Thousands of Bosniaks were expelled, several thousand murdered and raped by the Serb Army. Picture: REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic  (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)

Women Genocide Survivors from Visegrad protest in Sarajevo. Thousands of Bosniaks were expelled, several thousand murdered and raped by the Serb Army. Picture: REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)

‘The bridge has had to have its victims, to stand up,’

-Ljubomir Mutapcic, journalist from Visegrad

To commit Genocide, the victim group must be dehumanised and their murder must be approved. The easiest way to do this is by the media. As history teaches us, Nazi Germany used media to promote their fascist idea of the Jews as an “inferior race”. In Bosnia, starting from Milosevic’s rise to power in 1989, the Yugoslav media was used to dehumanise the Bosnian Muslim and Croat population. The Croats were being accused of being Ustase, and wanting to repeat the WW2 Genocide of the Serbs in Jasenovac. The Bosnian Muslims were accused of wanting to create an “islamic state in Bosnia“, a Jamahiriya. Fear was created among the local Serb population, they were by mass media, convinced that Muslims were going to massacre them and drive them out of Bosnia so as to create an “Islamic state”.

To commit Genocide against Bosniaks in Visegrad, journalists from Eastern Bosnia and Uzice, a town in Serbia bordering Visegrad, played a main role in mobilising Serb masses into committing, supporting and by standing the mass murder, rape and expulsion of Bosniaks from Visegrad.

Bosniak Genocide Survivor Mustafa Suceska in his book “Bloody Bridge on Drina” (“Krvava Cuprija na Drini” DES,Sarajevo 2001) identified journalists Ljubomir Mutapcic and Radoje Tasic as the two main journalists who carried out anti-Bosniak and islamophobic propaganda.

Radoje Tasic today is a journalist for Serb nationalist newspaper Glas Srpske. He has filmed a propaganda documentary about Serb victims in WW2. He was identified by Visegrad Genocide Survivor Šefka Šehić (in the Boban Simsic case) as the person who made lists of inmates in the Hasan Veletovac Secondary School-turned concentration camp(Testimony in Bosnia here ). In a anonymous letter sent to Nezavisne Novine in September 2006, Radoje Tasic is named the main person for logistics for the Serb terror group “Preventiva”, whose main aim is to prevent the capture of wanted war criminals.

Ljubomir Mutapcic is pensioner living in Visegrad. In 2007. he received the highest award of  the Visegrad Municipality from Visegrad Mayor Milandin Milicevic. About Milicevic’s war past read here.  Mutapcic did a great job and the Serb authorities in Visegrad know it.

Ljubomir Mutapcic, seems to be still up to his war-time job. This time he justifies Bosniak victims to a British journalist (Read Guardian article)

Ljubomir Mutapcic, an elderly journalist is one. His flat overlooks the bridge and he knows every moment of its history. ‘You know the legend of the bridge?’ he asks. He tells the story told in Andric’s book. How when the bridge was being built the river would sweep it away until the two human sacrifices were put in its foundations. ‘The bridge has had to have its victims, to stand up,’ he says.”

Visegrad Mass Murderers: Novo Rajak

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by visegrad92
Novo Rajak, sentenced for war crimes committed against Bosniaks in Visegrad.

Novo Rajak, sentenced for war crimes committed against Bosniaks in Visegrad.

On 27.November 2006 the Cantonal Court in Sarajevo declared Novo Rajak, a Bosnian Serb reserve police officer to 14 years in prison for war crimes against Bosniaks in Visegrad during the 1992-95  Aggression. The court convicted Novo Rajak, 41, of crimes against the Bosniak population of the Visegrad area in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina during the early years of the Genocide.

These included the expulsion of Muslim residents from their homes and the destruction of their property. The court also found him guilty of a role in atrocities against Muslim civilians, some of whom disappeared after Serbs captured the enclave of Zepa in 1995.

*READ about other Visegrad Mass Murderers:

1. Zeljko Lelek

2. Nenad Tanaskovic

3. Boban Simsic

4. Mitar Vasiljevic

5. Milan Lukic

Nerma’s Story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 21, 2009 by visegrad92

*WATCH documentary Nerma’s Story about Nerma Jelacic, Visegrad Genocide Survivor and  director of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by visegrad92
Huso Kurspahic, whose mother, sisters and dozens of relatives were burnt alive by Visegrad Serbs.
Huso Kurspahic, whose mother, sisters and dozens of relatives were burnt alive by Visegrad Serbs.

THE HAGUE, 01.09.2008.

Huso Kurspahic decides to forgo protective measures and testifies in public about the living pyre in the Pionirska Street in Visegrad and other crimes committed in the spring of 1992 Milan and Sredoje Lukic are charged with. Kurspahic lost his mother, his sisters and about fifty other relatives in the house in Pionirska Street. Kurspahic already testified against Mitar Vasiljevic, with protective measures

Huso Kurspahic, former police officer from Visegrad, lost his mother, two sisters and almost fifty other relatives who were burned alive in the Pionirska Street. According to the indictment, Milan and Sredoje Lukic took some seventy Bosniaks from the village of Koritnik – including a newborn baby – to a house, shut them in and set the house on fire. Kurspahic’s evidence is based on the information he got from his deceased father, one of few who managed to escape from the burning house. As Kurspahic said, his father left him the truth about the event as his legacy.

Kurspahic first testified about the crime in 2001 at the trial of Mitar Vasiljevic, who was acquitted on that count, but was sentenced to 15 years for other crimes. Today at the trial of Milan and Sredoje Lukic the prosecutor tendered into evidence the transcript of Kurspahic’s evidence in the Vasiljevic case. In 2001, Kurspahic was granted full protective measures. This time, Kurspahic said, he decided to testify in public and to see the accused Sredoje Lukic face to face. The two of them had worked together in the Visegrad police for ten years.

Kurspahic also testified about the disappearance of his younger brother. He knows that in early May 1992 his brother was taken to the police station and was later taken to the Uzamnica barracks where he was ‘killed by Milan Lukic’, as far as the witness knows. Repeated abuse of Bosniaks detained in the barracks is among the charges against Milan and Sredoje Lukic.

In the cross-examination, Milan Lukic’s defense counsel insisted that the witness didn’t have ‘first-hand’ information and had changed his statement as time went by. Sredoje Lukic’s counsel denied his client was ‘anywhere near the terrible crime’ in the Pionirska Street, offering his condolences to Kurspahic. The defense counsel went on to ask the witness if he could even suspect a colleague he ‘had known for such a long time’ could commit such a crime against his family. Sredoje would be able to do it, the witness said.

The second witness who gave evidence today, VG-038, had managed to jump through a window of the burning house in the Pionirska Street on 14 June 1992. Most of the seventy-odd Bosniaks locked inside burned to death. The witness was only thirteen at the time. The transcript of his evidence at the trial of Mitar Vasiljevic was also admitted into evidence. Most of his testimony today was given in closed session.

Deport Milenko Krstic to face GENOCIDE charges!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2009 by visegrad92


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