Bosnia Tries Serb Ex-Soldier over Civilian Convoy Massacre

February 18, 2019
Former Bosnian Serb soldier Miroslav Markovic went on trial for the detention, abuse and murder of civilians after a convoy of fleeing Bosniaks was intercepted in the village of Lokanj near Zvornik in 1992.

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The Bosnian state court. Photo: Bosnian state court.

The trial of Miroslav Markovic, who is accused of involvement in the detention and subsequent killing of dozens of Bosniak civilians, began at the Bosnian state court in Sarajevo on Monday.

He is accused of committing the crimes as a member of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Lokanj Company as part of a widespread and systematic attack by the Bosnian Serb Army and police on the non-Serb population of the Zvornik area.

Prosecutor Olivera Djuric said that a convoy of more than 120 Bosniak civilians, including women and children, who were unarmed and represented “no military threat”, left the town of Teocak on July 14, 1992.

She said the progress of the convoy was detected and the civilians’ capture was planned in advance. According to the charges, members of the Lokanj Company and police from Ugljevik seized 86 civilians.

Markovic has been charged with abusing a group of civilians and forcing them to fight each other following their capture.

The civilians were transferred to the Lokanj Company’s command post, then Markovic and others allegedly took a small group of captives to Vidrovine, where they were killed.

The indictment also alleges that Markovic, with other members of the Lokanj Company and police from Ugljevik, took a larger group of civilians away, forced three captives to dig a hole, then shot a total of 67 of them in groups.

Eight other defendants have also been on trial for the same crimes in a separate case since March 2015.

The first prosecution witnesses will be examined on March 11.

Marija Tausan

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