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February 21, 1994
. Vreme News Digest Agency No 126
The Dusan Tadic Case (2)


by Natasa Kandic (The author is the Executive Director of the Belgradebased Fund for Humanitarian Law)

According to data kept by the Documentation Center in Zenica, Dusan Tadic is a Serbian soldier, who as a member of a Chetnik group committed various crimes against the civilian population and war civilians and POWs. Witnesses hold him responsible for looting, destruction of civilian property in the villages of Kozarac, Kozarusa and Kamicani and the death of scores of captives in the "Omarska" camp.

Witnesses claim that Tadic was driving a tank on May 24, 1991 when 1,000 Serb soldiers entered Kozarac, wearing Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) uniforms with Serbian cockades on their caps. Witnesses have recognized about 100 local Serbs, while they identified the others as Chetniks from Serbia and members of the Banja Luka corps. The inhabitants spent the night between May 24 and 25 in their cellars and the next day fled towards Mt. Kozara. The column of fleeing people was allegedly shelled.

According to statements by Muslim civilians who were forced to leave their homes (some were immediately taken to the camp in "Omarska'' or "Keraterm,'' those who remained were detained in the "Trnopolje" center, while all were forcefully expelled in the direction of Zenica in August 1992). Along with Basaraba Dane and Basaraba Brane, Dusan Tadic torched Muslim houses in Kozarac, starting with Sefik Sivac's house. Sivac also owned the "De luxe" cafe. When the villagers of Kamicani fled to the woods on May 27, Dusan Tadic, allegedly torched all their houses, one by one.

The former detainees of the military camp "Omarska'' blame Tadic's group for the death of Ekrem Alic and seven civilian and military captives. Emir Karabasic, a policeman from Prijedor, died, allegedly under torture. It is claimed that Tadic then climbed on the backs of two minors who were lying on the ground, and carved the four C (Cyrillic for SSerbia, ed. note) sign on Karabasic's forehead. The same atrocity was done to Jasko Hrnic, Fikret Harambasic and Enver Alic. Witnesses claim that these prisoners were killed with wire cables, axles, and chains and that they were cut up with knives, and that Tadic's group forced the other prisoners to take part. According to eye witness testimony, Enver Alic's father was forced to watch while his son was being tortured.

The Zenica Documentation Center has testimonies of various crimes, from mass rape to genocide. According to this data, confirmed by Helsinki Watch reports, Tadic belonged to a group which could be tried under the statute of the International Court for war crimes, genocide, murder, rape, torture, the illegal imprisonment of civilians, political, racial and religious persecution and other inhuman acts against the civilian population. Considering that the military camp in Omarska had a hierarchy, with a commander responsible for the actions of his subordinates, the following could find themselves on the list of suspected war criminals: Omarska camp commander Zeljko Mejakic, deputy commander Drago Prcac, Nedeljko Grabovac, an officer in the Serbian army who raped POWs, Mladjo Krkan the prison guard involved in the murder of two POWs, Drago Zigic who brought Meho Alic to watch while Dusan Tadic and his group were torturing his son Enver, and Radoslav Brdjanin, a member of the Bosnian Serb government who visited the camp at the time of the crime. If the German court sentences Dusan Tadic or lets him go free because of a lack of evidence, then the International Court for War Crimes will not have the right to renew the process.

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