Lukic’s attempt to buy alibi

Visegrad Genocide Survivor Ferid Spahic tells the court about Lukic's Defence team's attempt to bribe Vilic

Visegrad Genocide Survivor Ferid Spahic tells the court about Lukic's Defence team's attempt to bribe Vilic

Edited: 17.04.09

Ferid Spahic, Hamdija Vilic‘s comrade in the Bosnian Army and a survivor of the 15. June Paklenik Massacre, where dozens of Bosniak men were separated from a civilian convoy leaving Visegrad and systematically murdered, testified about the attempted bribing of Hamdija Vilic by  Lukic’s defence team.

Last year Ferid Spahic found out that Hamdija Vilic was offered a large sum for false testimony to give an aliby for Milan Lukic. He, at once, called the Persecution at the Hague and informed them about this. Later on he learned that Vilic had already contacted  the Persecution in early November.

Ferid Spahic testified in earlier Visegrad war crimes cases (Vasiljevic and Tanaskovic ) concerning the Paklenik massacre. On 14.06.92 a convoy of Bosniak civilians which was organized by the SDS-led Municipality (according to the witness the main person in charge was  Ljupko Tasić) which was destined for Macedonia. The convoy turned towards the Sokolac Municipality where Bosniak men were separated from their families. About 50 Bosniak men were taken to Sokolac where they spent the night. The next day, they were taken to  a ravine called  Propast (Downfall) where they were systematically shot and thrown into it. Ferid Spahic was able to escape.

*Read Downfall, Colder than Death, Irhan Ceco, DANI, Sarajevo

2 Responses to “Lukic’s attempt to buy alibi”

  1. 50 men executed and their bodies dumped – and it’s just an obscure event that hardly anyone in the outside world has heard of. That obscurity itself tells us a lot about the scale of what happened in the Podrinja and across Bosnia as a whole.

  2. visegrad92 Says:

    Owen, see Dani’s article from 2000 when the exhumation took place.

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