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May 15, 2006 2 comments


Research & Documentation Center

Research and Documentation Center, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The allegations that Serb casualties in Bratunac, between April 1992 and December 1995 amount to over three thousand is an evident falsification of facts. The RDC’s [Research and Documentation Center] research of the actual number of Serb victims in Bratunac has been the most extensive carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina and proves that the overall number of victims is three to nine times smaller than indicated by Serbia and Montenegro .
Perhaps the clearest illustration of gross exaggeration is that of Kravica, a Serb village near Bratunac attacked by the Bosnian Army on the morning of Orthodox Christmas, January 7, 1993 . The allegations that the attack resulted in hundreds of civilian victims have been shown to be false. Insight into the original documentation of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) clearly shows that in fact military victims highly outnumber the civilian ones. The document entitled “Warpath of the Bratunac brigade”, puts the military victims at 35 killed and 36 wounded; the number of civilian victims of the attack is eleven.
In addition to information received from relatives and family members of the victims and inspection of cemeteries, RDC has collected all existing primary sources, official documents and documentation of RS Ministry of Defense and Bratunac brigade of VRS, as well as research by the Serb authors. The victims have been categorized on the basis of two time-related criteria: the first was the municipality of residence at the time of the beginning of war; the second was the municipality of premature and violent death.
After all the sources have been processed, cross-referenced and reviewed, the results showed that 119 civilians and 424 soldiers classified in the first group died in Batunac during the war. Under the second category the number of civilians is somewhat higher (119) whereas the number of soldiers is 448. The result demonstrates that 26 members of other VRS units other than Bratunac brigade of VRS fought and died in combat in the municipality of Bratunac .
RDC inspection of the military cemetery in Bratunac showed that of 383 victims buried it is impossible to ascertain the exact cause of death for 63 victims, even though they may have died during the war. In addition, 139 victims who have lived elsewhere at the time of the outbreak of war and died in fighting either in their places of residence or elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are now buried in Bratunac military cemetery. 48 victims buried in Bratunac fought and died in Hadžići; 36 fought and died in Srebrenica; 34 and died in Vogošća; 3 in Konjic and 3 more in Ilijaš; 2 fought and died in Sarajevo, two more in Ilidža; one in Trnovo, Pale and Tuzla each.
Of the remaining victims from outside Bratunac one lived in Kiseljak, but died in Hadžići; one lived in Srebrenica and died in Jajce; three lived in Travnik and died in Hadžići, three lived in Ilidža and died in Hadžići, nine lived in Sarajevo and died in Hadžići, one lived in Hadžići and died in Vogošća, one lived in Zenica and died in Vogošća, one lived in Zenica and died in Srebrenica. Furthermore, one victim lived and died in Tuzla , one lived in Bosanski Brod and died in Olovo, one lived in Srebrenica and died in Bihać. Lastly, two individuals who lived in Kakanj and died in Hadžići are buried in the military cemetery in Bratunac, one who lived in Hadžići and died in Ilidža, two who lived in Vitez and died in Hadžići; four residents of Konjic who died in Hadžići, two residents of Pale who died in Hadžići, seven residents of Zenica who died in Hadžići, one resident of Vareš and one resident of Kakanj, who both died in Ilijaš.
The number of victims from Central Bosnia buried in Bratunac is consistent with the population movements after the war, especially the Serb population from the suburbs of Sarajevo . Under the Dayton Peace Accords, the suburbs of Sarajevo held by the VRS were to be re-integrated into the city of Sarajevo . The then leadership of the RS called on the local Serb population to leave Sarajevo and even take the graves of their loved ones with them. In fact, such a large majority followed the instructions that parts of the city of Sarajevo remained deserted for months. The remnants of their loved ones have been buried in Bratunac after the war, but their deaths are presented as the result of actions taken by the Bosnian Army units from Srebrenica.
As importantly, a number of foreign nationals (mainly from Serbia and Montenegro and Croatia) are included in the overall figure of Serb victims in Bratunac. At least 15 such individuals lost their lives in Bratunac as a result of fighting; it may be of some significance that all of them were members of a paramilitary group that arrived to Bratunac in April 1992, upon invitation of Bratunac Serb Democratic Party and in coordination with the State Security Service of Republic of Serbia (see testimony of Miroslav Deronjić, President of Municipal Board of SDS Bratunac, at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). Some of those individuals are Vesna Krdžalić, Dragica Mastikosa, Aleksandar Grahovac and Sreto Suzić who all died in combat on May 29, 1992 . Subsequently, they were all classified as “victims of Muslim terror” by the RS authorities. However, individuals from Serbia continued arriving to Bratunac throughout the year 1992, if the death records of the Bratunac brigade are to be trusted: one such individual died in fighting in August (Žarko Komnenski) and one more in November (Đuro Vujaklija). Furthermore, death records show that “volunteers” arrived from Serbia to Bratunac even in 1993, such as Dragan Milićev, who died in combat in January 1993 and Dragoslav Stanković who died in February 1993.


April 6, 2006 6 comments

Published: April 5th, 2006. / Last updated: Dec 21, 2008.

Bosniak woman says the person in this video as her son Mustafa Hadzipasic, not Serb soldier Rade Rogic.

Ultra-nationalist Serbian web site known as Serbianna is promoting a video of alleged “Rade Rogic beheading” in a section called “Srebrenica Massacre: Photo Story.” What does alleged Serb soldier Rader Rogic from Sanski Most has to do with Srebrenica or Srebrenica Genocide? Nothing. If you are familiar with basic Bosnian geography, you will notice that Srebrenica is located in the eastern part of Bosnia, while Sanski Most is located in the western part of Bosnia.

In order to equalize individual war crimes against Bosnian Serbs with the monstrous crime of genocide against Bosniaks, Serbianna is also circulating gruesome photos allegedly representing Serb ‘victims’ around Srebrenica. Conflicting photo descriptions place these victims in different parts of Bosnia, but Serbianna is conveniently using these images in their Srebrenica Genocide justification section called “Srebrenica Massacre: Photo Story.” Some photos provided by Serbianna are clearly doctored, for example, fake photo of Pero Makic. Take a look at a sample photo forgery found on Serbianna’s web site at this link (click on the photo for higher resolution) and follow red arrows.

What Serbianna does not want you to know is that former Chief of Intelligence of the Serb Army, Ljubisa Beara, personally participated in the decapitation of 80 to 100 Bosniaks in Srebrenica (see: Ammended Indictment).

The video publication of alleged Rade Rogic beheading, which had nothing to do with Srebrenica, came a week after Serbian TV broadcast a video of Serb paramilitaries executing 6 defenceless Bosniak men and underage boys in Srebrenica 10 years ago. Now, “Rade Rogic beheading video” is used by Serbian ultra-nationalists as another tool in the service of “Greater Serbia” propaganda to justify and/or deny Srebrenica Genocide.

Other videos available in the section of “Srebrenica Massacre: Photo Story” have a very bad quality, and they also appear to be coming from questionable sources, like Milivoje Ivanisevic and Darko Trifunovic – one of the most vocal Srebrenica Genocide deniers in the Balkans. Any type of material that comes from Serbian ultra-nationalist sources is tainted and has to be treated with utmost suspicion. These people have absolutely no credibility; they have lost it when they started denying Srebrenica Genocide and excusing massive Serb war crimes in the Balkans.

The website (Serbianna) also alleges that thousands of Serbs were killed by Naser Oric’s forces around Srebrenica, a claim disputed even by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (read here). Approximately 1,980 Serb civilians died in all of Bosnia (SOURCE: RDC, figure published on Dec 15, 2005, subject to revisions) many of them died from Bosnian Serb shells hitting besieged government-controlled cities. However, many Serbs served (and died) in the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina defending values of Bosnian multi-culturalism, freedom and democracy. Former president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic, once said that as many as 15% of all Bosnian Army soldiers were in fact Bosnian Serbs.

Serbianna’s propaganda material contained within “Srebrenica Massacre: Photo Story” suggests that Srebrenica massacre was justified, because Bosniaks put up a defence against genocidal Serbian thugs who brutally attacked predominantly Bosniak part of Bosnia. What Serbianna does not mention is the fact that long before Naser Oric counter-attacked genocidal Serb forces around Srebrenica, Serbs killed thousands of Bosniaks in the Podrinje region and ethnically cleansed 90 per cent of predominantly ethnic-Bosniak Eastern part of Bosnia.

One might wonder, what did these Serbian and Bosnian Serb military forces do in predominanly Bosniak inhabitted Eastern Bosnia? They had no business of being there in the first place! They were brutally raping, killing, torturing, and ethnically cleansing Bosnian Muslim population, and grabbing predominantly Bosniak territory for a planned and enlarged “Greater Serbia.” Serb forces around Srebrenica had never demilitarized. And yet, Serbian propaganda and Srebrenica massacre revisionists constantly blamed Bosnian side for not fully demilitarizing. In fact, Bosnian side was the only one who satisfactorily demilitarized by the UN standards as already stated by the United Nations Report. Serbs never honored their part of agreement and never handed down their weapons around Srebrenica, because they did not want Srebrenica demilitarized. They wanted Srebrenica ethnically cleansed and in their hands as part of “Greater Serbia.” Instead of handing down weapons to the U.N. and thus demilitarizing, they used the weapons to committ Srebrenica Genocide.

Three days ago we received an e-mail from Husnija Hadzipasic (Bosniak woman). She asked me to publish a story about her son who was beheaded by Serbian military forces in Bosnia. In a telephone conversation, she claimed the video of her son’s beheading is still freely available all over the internet, only under a different name (Serbian name). This video is freely used solely for Serb-propaganda purposes portraying her son as a “Serb soldier Rade Rogic” who got “decapitated by Muslims” around Srebrenica.

Husnija told us she positively identified the person in this video as her son Mustafa Hadzipasic, Bosnian soldier ambushed by Serbian (para) militaries during operation Sanski Most in 1995. Mustafa Hadzipasic was native of Buzim (close to Velika Kladusa in the western tip of Bosnia). He served in the 5th corps of Bosnian Army, 505th Buzim brigade during operation Sanski Most. Upon retreat (and defeat) of Serb forces in that area, he was captured by Serb military forces who shot propaganda video posing as “mujahedeens.” Serbian paramilitary thugs in the video, posing as mujahedeens, have distinct Serbian accent that is easily recognizable by any native speaker of the area.

Husnija Hadzipasic, mother of Mustafa Hadzipasic, wrote to us 3 days ago. She asked us to publish this message:

My name is Husnija Hadzipasic. I need to tell this truth to the world. Serbs circulate video of my son being slaughtered. They say his name is Rade Rogic. That is not true. I have viewed the video hundred times and every time I cried. People who knew my son also viewed video over and over again. We are absolutely certain that the person
beheaded in this video is Mustafa Hadzipasic. Now that we know what Serbs did to our son, we will go to Bosnia next month to look for his grave. Please publish this information on your site.
Mustafa was born in Buzim on July 2, 1968. His father is IsmetHadzipasic, who died of heart attack last yearBoth Mustafa and Ismet served in the 5th corps of Bosnian Army, 505th Buzim brigade. Mustafa was survived by two daughters, Alma and Emina.
We give you permission to publish this information. If you want more information, you can call us at (phone # edited).
Allahumanet (Peace be with you)
Husnija Hadzipasic

We edited Husnija’s phone # and E-mail address due to privacy concerns, but if you want to contact her, you can e-mail us and we will pass her your message.