Bosniaks tortured at Vilina Vlas in 1992

Pictures of Bosniak victims from Sjeverin who were tortured in Vilina Vlas in 1992.


8 Responses to “Bosniaks tortured at Vilina Vlas in 1992”

  1. On the morning of 22 October 1992, a bus traveling from Priboj in the Sandžak area of Serbia to Rudo, Bosnia, was stopped in the Bosnian village of Mioče by four members of the Osvetnici (Avengers) paramilitary unit under the command of Milan Lukić. The other members of the group were Oliver Krsmanović, Dragutin Dragicević and Djordje Sević.

    16 Bosniak passengers from Sjeverin – 15 men and one woman, all Yugoslavian and Serbian citizens – were taken off the bus and forced onto a truck. They were taken to Višegrad, in eastern Bosnia, which was under the control of the Bosnian Serb Army. Along the way, the prisoners were forced to sing Serbian nationalist songs. The truck stopped at the Vilina Vlas hotel in Višegrad. The hostages were severely beaten and tortured inside the hotel and then taken to the edge of the Drina River where they were executed.

    The victims were Mehmed Šebo, Zafer Hadžić, Medo Hadžić, Medredin Hodžić, Ramiz Begović, Derviš Softić, Medhad Softić, Mujo Alihodžić, Alija Mandal, Sead Pecikoza, Mustafa Bajramović, Hajrudin Sajtarević, Esad Džihić, Ramahudin Ćatović, Idriz Gibović and Mevlida Koldžić. Their bodies have yet to be found

    Presumably it was in support of the right of their good general to have this sort of thing inflicted on fellow human beings that all those nice folk in Belgrade were protesting at their rally. Has Boris Tadic been asked to carry out a proper enquiry into the Sjeverin incident and why there was no adequate investigation of the crimes committed against Bosniak citizens of Serbia?

    “Two days after the abduction, Federal Minister for Human and Minority Rights Momcilo Grubac and members of a special government commission formed by the order of the Federal President Dobrica Cosic arrive to Priboj. Ratko Mladic, at the time the Defense minister of the Republic of Srpska, also comes to Priboj on that day. At the Priboj municipality, they hold a meeting with the local officials.

    ZVONKO PRIJOVIC: Mladic claimed that he had learned about the abduction from the papers, that he knew nothing about it, and that he had come to see what was going on and to say that the Army of the Republic of Srpska had nothing to do with it and that he would do everything in his power to help locate these people.”

    Perhaps now the old gentleman could say exactly what he did “to help locate these people”, or actions otherwise.

  2. Powerful photos. Obviously published by B92, but do we know the story behind them – who took them, how did they get published, who was involved etc?

  3. How many here are alive today. Shoking photos.

  4. visegrad92 Says:

    These photos were taken by one of the members of the “Avengers”. I don’t know the details. These photos were first published by B92 several years ago.

  5. Horrible thing, even massacres were commited in Sandzak, these people weren’t even Bosnian, but they were taken away and killed. R.I.P

  6. visegrad92 Says:

    @yes: the Bosniaks in Visegrad like in other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovine were killed because they were Muslims. Likewise, the Bosniaks in Sandzak were killed because they had a different name.

  7. But not simply because they had a different name – it’s important not to open the door to “ancient ethnic hatreds” arguments. The Sandzak was the “home front” of the Greater Serbia project.

  8. eric_from_vienna Says:

    I read the book “The Bridge Over The Drina” a few days ago, and only about this – in my opinion very good – book I found these horrable place “Vilina Vlas” and the pictures in the internet: Because – and this thing makes me shiver – I tried to find some hotels in the near of Videgrad; and so I found “Vilina Vlas”…; and now I feel sad and bad, and I don’t know what to think; I tried to travel in this region, for seeking my “roots”, and now…?

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