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WAR CRIMES IN SANSKI MOST

     The Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK) reminds the public on April 20, the day when in 1992 the 6th JNA Partisan Brigade, which participated in the war in Croatia, took control of all major facilities in Sanski Most, and established full control of road communications. War crimes against Bosniaks and Croats in Sanski Most began with the takeover of power by Serb forces. Mass murders of Bosniaks were carried out in the Muhići, Mahala, Otoka, Hrustovo, Vrhpolje, and Kljevce settlements.

On the occasion of the anniversary, UDIK reminds on the publication entitled War Crimes in Sanski Most – Judgments. Within this publication UDIK documented war crimes committed in the area of the pre-war Sanski Most municipality and presented a list of names of 580 exhumed and identified persons. The publication includes six convictions for war crimes committed in Sanski Most, issued by the State Court and Cantonal Court in Bihać. They were sentenced Jadranko Palija, Nedo Trifković, Mitar Milinković, Nikola Kovačević (alias Daniluško Kajtez), Predrag Prošić, Slavko Bilbija, and Suad Kapić (alias Hodža) from three to twenty-eight years in prison.

On this occasion, UDIK’s President Edvin Kanka Ćudić pointed out: The war crimes committed by Serbian forces in this city must not to be forgotten. From 1992 to 1995, they were torturing and killing Bosniaks and Croats, and destructing their properties. There were more than twenty camps and other places of detention in the municipality. The detainees were physically and psychologically tortured, later murdered. The killed Bosniaks and Croats of Sanski Most municipality were found in numerous mass graves, the largest of which were Hrastova Glavica and Sasina.“

The hardest period, in addition to that of 1992, has occurred immediately before the taking over of Sanski Most in 1995. „In September 1995, a large number of Bosniak civilians were killed in several locations. Only in Sasina village were killed 60-70 persons. The killings were carried out in Sanakeram, Kruhari, Tomina, Trnova, Vrš, Okreč, and Došće“, said Ćudić.

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