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THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIKAVAC FIRE

     Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK) reminds the public that today is the 27th anniversary of the war crime in the settlement of Bikavac near Višegrad. Together with the crime that took place on June 14, 1992 in Pionirska Street in Višegrad, this crime is one of the most horrible war crimes that happened during the war against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the Bikavac Fire, on June 27, 1992, approximately 70 Bosniak civilians were forced into one room in the house of Meho Aljić in the settlement of Bikavac, near Višegrad. After the captives were robbed, the house was set on fire and the occupants were burned alive. According to the testimony of Zehra Turjačanin, there were many children in the house, the youngest less than one year old. Most of the victims were young women with children, along with some elderly men and women.

On this occasion, UDIK’s Coordinator Edvin Kanka Ćudić said: „It is very important for us to find out the information about the remains of victims of war crimes in Pionirska and Bikavac. This is still a big mystery of these war crimes. We ask all those who have any information to tell the truth, because this is the only way to help the families of victims.” Ćudić also believes that the Bikavac Fire is the best example of the monstrosity of the war against Bosnia and Herzegovina. „Today, Višegrad looks more like small village isolated from society to live its own history”, says Ćudić.

For this crime ICTY sentenced Milan Lukić to life imprisonment and Sredoje Lukić to 27 years in prison. Two years ago, UDIK presented the publication War crimes in Višegrad – verdicts. The publication included nine convictions for war crimes committed in Višegrad, issued by the State Court and the Supreme Court of the Federation. They were sentenced Boban Šimšić, Dragan Šekarić, Miloš Pantelić, Momir Savić, Nenad Tanasković, Novo Rajak, Oliver Krsmanović, Predrag Milisavljević, Vitomir Racković and Željko Lelek.

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