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Predrag Milisavljevic arrested!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by visegrad92

Predrag Milisavljevic, one of the masterminds of the Paklenik massacre has been arrested in Visegrad during his holiday visit after years of safely living in Spain – the Canary Islands.

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CUSTODY MOTION FILED FOR PREDRAG MILISAVLJEVIĆ
(22.06.2012. 12:55)

Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH filed a custody motion to the Court of BiH for Predrag MILISAVLJEVIĆ, who is suspected of having committed the criminal offense of Crimes against Humanity under Article 172 of the Criminal Code of BiH.

Team III Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes within the Prosecutor’s office of BiH filed a motion to the Court of BiH to remand the suspect Predrag MILISAVLJEVIĆ, born on May 27, 1958 in Višegrad, residing in Spain – the Canary Islands, into custody.

The suspect Predrag MILISAVLJEVIĆ was, following the arrest, handed over to the Assigned Prosecutor, who has questioned him as a suspect and subsequently filed a custody motion to the Court of BiH on grounds stipulated in Article 132, Paragraph 1, Subparagraphs a), b) and d) of the Criminal Procedure Code of BiH.

The remand in custody for the suspect was requested due to the risk of flight and the risk that the suspect could hinder the investigation and influence the accomplices in the committed criminal offense and due to the fact that it is an offense punishable by imprisonment in duration of 10 years or more. Due to the manner of perpetration of the committed criminal offense and the consequences thereof the remand in custody is deemed necessary, as well as due to the fact that the release of the suspect could result with a serious threat to public order.

Predrag MILISAVLJEVIĆ is suspected of having, along with several other members of the Police and the Army of Republika Srpska in June 1992, participated in the forcible relocation of approximately 450 non-Serbs from the territory of the municipality of Višegrad and the killings of more than 40 non-Serbs at the Paklenik pit in Sokolac municipality.

Custody motion was filed with the Court of BiH.

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Paklenik massacre victims

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2011 by visegrad92
  1. ABAZ HAMID
  2. AHMETSPAHIĆ ABID
  3. AHMETSPAHIĆ HAMED
  4. ČELIK HILMO
  5. ČELIK MUŠAN
  6. DELIBAŠIĆ HAŠIM
  7. HAJDAREVIĆ ISMET
  8. HALILOVIĆ AHMO
  9. IBIŠEVIĆ OSMAN
  10. JAŠAREVIĆ KASIM
  11. KARAMAN ESAD
  12. KARAMAN FIKRET
  13. KARAMAN HAMED
  14. KARAMAN HASAN
  15. KARAMAN IZET
  16. KARAMAN MIRSAD
  17. KARAMAN SABIT
  18. KARAMAN SAFET
  19. KARAMAN ZARIF
  20. KARIŠIK DŽEMAL
  21. KARIŠIK NESIB
  22. KASAPOVIĆ ADIL
  23. KASAPOVIĆ ZAIM
  24. KUSTURA DŽEMAL
  25. KUSTURA ENES
  26. KUSTURA ESAD
  27. KUSTURA HAMDIJA
  28. KUSTURA HUSO
  29. KUSTURA ISMET
  30. KUSTURA MEDO
  31. KUSTURA MUHAMED
  32. KUSTURA SMAJO
  33. KUSTURA SUVAD
  34. KUSTURA ZAIM
  35. LOŠIĆ IBRAHIM
  36. LOŠIĆ JUSUF
  37. LEMEZAN ISMET
  38. MENZILOVIĆ OMER
  39. MUNIKOZA IBRAHIM
  40. OMEROVIĆ MEHO
  41. OMEROVIĆ MENSUR
  42. OMEROVIĆ MUSTAFA
  43. OMEROVIĆ SALKO
  44. OMEROVIĆ SMAIL
  45. OMEROVIĆ ŠEVAL
  46. SPAHIĆ EŠREF
  47. ZUKIĆ MUHAREM
  48. ZUKIĆ SMAJIL

The Paklenik massacre was the massacre of 48 Bosniaks from Visegrad in 15.06.1992 in theRogaticaMunicipality. 49 Bosniak men were taken off deportation buses and executed. Their bodies were dumped into a ravine called Paklenik. Only one man managed to survive. Their remains were exhumed several years after the war.



Fikret Karaman

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 5, 2010 by visegrad92

Image: Fikret Karaman, born in 1948 in Zagre, Visegrad. Abducted from a convoj of deported civilians along with 50 other Bosniak men and executed and thrown into a ravine. This massacre is known as the Paklenik massacre.

Mustafa,Mensur and Smail Omerovic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by visegrad92

Image: Mustafa Omerovic, 1941-14.06.1992, was murdered in the Paklenik massacre.

Image: Mensur Omerovic, son of Mustafa, 1972-14.06.1992, murdered in the Paklenik massacre.

Image: Smail Omerovic, son of Mustafa, 1969-14.06.1992, murdered in the Paklenik massacre.

What is the Visegrad Genocide?

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

The Višegrad genocide was an act of ethnic cleansing and mass murder of Bosniak civilians that occurred in the town of Višegrad in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, committed by Bosnian Serb Army and Police forces at the start of the Bosnian War during the spring of 1992. Over a period of four months, Bosniaks were murdered, tortured, raped and publicly humiliated on a daily basis in Visegrad’s streets, in the victim homes and in concentration camps.

Image: Exhumation of Bosniak genocide victims in Straziste cemetary, Visegrad, 2009.

According to ICTY documents, based on  victims reports, some 3,000 Bosniaks were murdered during the violence in Višegrad and its surrounding, including some 600 women and 119 children. It is estimated that over a hundred Bosniak women were raped by Bosnian Serbs which was part of a systematic genocidal rape warfare used by the Bosnian Serb Army and Police throughout occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Višegrad genocide was one of the worst during the Bosnian Genocide 1992-95 because it was mostly committed by local Serbs and  it occurred over a period of several months:

April-May was marked by the Yugoslav Peoples’ Army occupation on 15 April; arrests and murders of Bosniak intellectuals, looting, beatings, by Bosnian Serb Police and Yugoslav Peoples’ Army;

June-July was marked with systematic destruction of mosques and other Islamic architecture, several massacres of Bosniak civilians by Bosnian Serb Army including the Barimo massacre, Bosanska Jagodina massacre, Paklenik massacre and the infamous Bikavac and Pioneer Street live pyres where dozens of Bosniak civilians – elderly, women and children(including a two-day old baby) were burnt alive; besides these outragest crimes, the most brutal were committed on the Ottoman Mehmed-pasa Sokolovic Bridge where for weeks, Bosniak civilians were brought to the bridge, murdered either by knife or gun and thrown into the river Drina;

Augustby this time, most of Visegrad’s Bosniak population was murdered, raped, deported or exchanged. There were still Bosniaks in concentration camps like Uzamnica military camp or Vilina Vlas, the infamous spa motel-turned rape motel were hundreds of Bosniak women were raped numerous times by Bosnian Serb Army and Police. A little known fact is that until 1995, in Višegrad, there were dozens of Bosniaks who were working as forced labour on private and community farms. They were exchanged by wars end in 1995.

→ Until today the following have been convicted for war crimes convicted  in Visegrad:

1 )Novo Rajak;

2 )Nenad Tanaskovic;

3 )Boban Simsic;

4 )Zeljko Lelek;

5 )Momir Savic;

6 )Milan Lukic;

7 )Sredoje Lukic;

8 )Mitar Vasiljevic

Read more :

+ Crisis Committee Visegrad(Krizni štab)

+ Eliticide in Visegrad

+ Destruction of mosques in Visegrad Municipality

+ Visegrad Genocide Denial

Video – Paklenik massacre exhumation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2009 by visegrad92

The Paklenik Massacre is the massacre of at least 50 Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb Army in the Rogatica Municipality on 15 June 1992. One day earlier, the Serb Democratic Party-led Višegrad Municipality organized a deportation of Bosniak civilians to Olovo, a town near Tuzla. However, on its way towards the Rogatica Municipality, Bosnian Serb Army members from Visegrad stopped the buses and took all the men off to another bus. They spent the night in Rogatica and the next day they were taken to Paklenik (Hell) to a ravine called Propast (Downfall) where they were systematically executed and their bodies thrown into the ravine. Only one man survived the massacre. The men responsible for this massacre have not yet answered for their crimes. The only people who have been indicted were Mitar Vasiljevic, Nenad Tanaskovic, Sredoje and Milan Lukic. The Bosniak civilians who were deported and who were massacred came from the following villages in Visegrad: Gornji and Donji Dubovik, Velatovo, Zagre, Smijece, Zupa and Dobrun.


The remains of these executed Bosniaks were found in 2000.

Paklenik Massacre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by visegrad92
Hand-drawn map by Ferid Spahic explaning the Paklenik massacre during the Vasiljevic case.

Hand-drawn map by Ferid Spahic explaining the Paklenik massacre during the Vasiljevic case.

The Paklenik Massacre is the massacre of at least 50 Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb Army in the Rogatica Municipality on 15 June 1992. One day earlier,local Serbs close to the Serb Democratic Party-led Visegrad Municipality organized the deportation of several hundred Bosniak civilians to Olovo(a town in Bosnian Government-controlled territory). However, on its way towards the Rogatica Municipality, Bosnian Serb Army members from Visegrad stopped the buses and took all the men off to another bus. They spent the night in Rogatica and the next day they were taken to Paklenik (Hell) to a ravine called Propast (Downfall) where they were systematically executed and their bodies thrown into the ravine. Only one man survived the massacre – Ferid Spahic. The men responsible for this massacre have not yet answered for their crimes. The only people who have been indicted were Mitar Vasiljevic, Nenad Tanaskovic, Sredoje and Milan Lukic. The Bosniak civilians who were deported and who were massacred came from the following villages in Visegrad: Gornji and Donji Dubovik, Velatovo, Zagre, Smijece, Zupa and Dobrun.

The remains of these executed Bosniaks were found in 2000.

During the Mitar Vasiljevic case, Ferid Spahic testified about the Paklenik massacre. Above is a hand-drawn map by Spahic explaining the murder of about 50 Bosniak men civilians from villages in the Visegrad municipality.

Hand-drawn map showing the position of Bosnian Serb soldiers and Bosniak victims near the Paklenik ravine.

Hand-drawn map showing the position of Bosnian Serb soldiers and Bosniak victims near the Paklenik ravine.

Spahic also drew an important map showing the location of Republika Srpska Army members and Bosniak civilians shoot and dumped in the Paklenik ravine. Spahic names 3 Bosnian Serb soldiers he recognized: Predrag Milisaljevic, Slavisa Vukojcic and Ceho Borisa.

Read more on this here.

Editor’s note: These drawings were used as evidence in the Vasiljevic case. They were obtained on the official ICTY website.

* Read Daniel McGrory’s “Britain forgets Bosnia’s nameless dead “ The Times (London), 28 August 2000:


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At this cave in Paklenik, on an April morning in 1992, 53 men faced their execution. Their hands were tied behind their backs with barbed wire. In groups of five they were marched to the mouth of the cave and shot at point-blank range. One man – the only survivor – tried to run and tripped as automatic gunfire ricocheted around him. The Serbs were sure they had shot him. Until now this man has been too scared to lead inspectors to what could turn out to be one of the biggest mass graves in this country.

In ten days of digging, the scientists have already uncovered more than 50 bodies. Small yellow flags mark the position of each skull. Beneath them and in crevices they can see the remains of more victims.  Scrabbling on her hands and knees, Dr Eva Klonowski shows how one man, his elbow shattered by a bullet and his hands still tied, somehow managed to crawl 50 yards to a ledge where he must have bled to death in the darkness. ‘This is a slaughterhouse and whatever your politics or what you think of the Balkans, surely we have a duty in the name of humanity to find out who these people are,’ she says.

The investigators get no help locally. Farmers who live only a few hundred yards away express astonishment at the discovery of the cave.

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