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In Memoriam: Dr. Safet Zejnilovic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by visegrad92


Image: Dr. Safet Zejnilovic, tricked, abducted and murdered by Bosnian Serb soldiers.

We mentioned Dr. Safet Zejnilovic in earlier posts. Dr. Zejnilovic was a well-known doctor in Visegrad, who helped and treated people without regard to any diffrences. According to Mustafa Suceska(“Krvava Cuprija na Drini“) and Mehmed Bradaric(“Grihota je ubijanje tvica“) Dr. Zejnilovic was taken to Pale, the newly-formed capital city of Republika Srpka, accused of murdering Serb children, than shot and killed by Bosnian Serb soldiers. Here is  VG-32 testimony of Dr.Zejnilovic’s fate, given in the Lukic Sredoje and Milan case:

Q.Do you know what happened to Dr.Zejnilovic?

A.Yes.  I know very well what happened to him.

Q.Can you please describe that to the Chamber?

A.Dr. Safet Zejnilovic was in the town of Visegrad before the war, and before the Uzice Corps came to town he went to Gorazde together with the head of the health centre across Cajnice and Pljevlja.  He went on to his native birthplace Bijelo Polje and doctor — the other doctor, the head of the centre, he went on to Tara, Dr. Uljarevic.  He stayed there until the Uzice Corps came to town.  At the initiative of the then war commander of the wartime hospital they managed to persuade his wife, also a doctor, medical doctor, and they even provided them with a driver to go and collect Dr. Safet and provide him with all the guarantees for his safety but that his services were needed in the town.They did so, managed to persuade him to come back to town.  As he returned home an hour or two later, a group of armed individuals came and took him away.  She told him that they manhandled him at the time, and unfortunately I must say that the doctor’s body was identified at the Visoko cemetery.  His remains were recovered.

Q.   What happened to his house?

A.Some two days after he had been taken away his house was set on fire.

Q.How long had he returned to Visegrad before he was taken away by the men who ultimately killed him?

A.   According to the story of his wife, some three or four hours later.  The same evening practically of his arrival.

Eliticide in Visegrad

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by visegrad92
Yugoslav People's Army soldiers aiming anti-aircraft guns  at Visegrad. April 1992.

Yugoslav People's Army soldiers aiming anti-aircraft guns at Visegrad. April 1992.

* Eliticide/Elitocide – the systematic killing of a community’s political and economic leadership so that the community could not regenerate.

One of the priorities of the Yugoslav People’s Army(JNA)/Army of Republika Srpska(VRS) was to make the Bosniak people confused and headless. In this way they were able to control and manipulate with the Bosniak  population. In order to do this, throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, educated Bosniaks, political and religious leaders were arrested, jailed or murdered.

This was the case in Visegrad. After the Yugoslav People’s Army occupied Visegrad, the Serb Crisis Committee (“krizni stab” led by fascist Serb Democratic Party) took control of the municipality. Leading Bosniak intellectuals, political leaders and activists, members of the Islamic Religious Community (Islamska Vjerska Zajednica), Police officers were expelled from work, arrested, jailed, called for “informative talks”, or kept under house arrest.  Serb Police officials gave Serb paramilitary groups lists of Bosniaks who possessed firearms, who then went individually man to man and asked them to turn in their firearms.

Yugoslav People's Army soldiers at the Mehmed-pasa Sokolovic Bridge which was later used as an excecution site by Serb paramilitaries.

Yugoslav People's Army soldiers at the Mehmed-pasa Sokolovic Bridge which was later used as an excecution site by Bosnian Serb Army units.

After the Yugoslav People’s Army supposedly “left” Visegrad (like in the rest of B&H, the soldiers just replaced the emblems from JNA TO VRS), Bosniak intellectuals, political, economic and religious leaders were taken away and murdered by paramilitary groups “White Eagles”,various Chetnik groups, the “Avengers” and others, all of which were under the control of VRS. This is the same pattern used in other Bosnian towns.

Here are some examples of eliticide in Visegrad(click on the names for more information):

1. Safet Zejnilovic – Doctor

2. Fejzo Šabanija – Secretary at Party of Democratic Action (Bosniak political party)

3. Zihnija Omerovic – leading member of the Territorial Defense

4. Himzo Demir – Chemistry teacher, well- known Principal of Secondary School “Hamid Besirovic”.

5. Salko Suceska – Engineer

6. Halil Ahmedspahic – Engineer

7. Behija Zukic – well-known  owner of several businesses. Milan Lukic murdered Behija and her husband, stole her red Passat and drove it over the next couple of years.

8. Tufo Tankovic – Principal of “Hasan Veletovac” School. This School would soon become a concentration camp.

9. Safet Efendija Karaman – Imam (Muslim religious priest) at a mosque in Visegrad.

10. Sadik Isic Beli – Mechanical engineer, worked in “Terpentina” factory.

* Updated 12.8.09