At the trial for crimes committed in the area of Bratunac in 1992, witnesses of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) said that the accused Milan Trisic beat the prisoners with an iron rod.
Protected witness S-29 said that on May 11th, 1992, together with other neighbors, he was gathered in the town of Repovac, where they were told that they would be transferred to Tuzla, after which the locals got into a bus and a tow truck, but – instead of Tuzla – they headed towards the municipality of Bratunac.
As the witness said, after they arrived in front of the “Vuk Karadzic” school in Bratunac, Milan Trisic came and ordered everyone to get out of the truck, ordered the women to collect money and gold, and said that if he sees money or gold in someone’s possession, he will “cut off ears and fingers.” The witness explained that on that occasion Trisic took out the three men whom he had beaten.
”He separated them towards the school, towards the hangar, where I saw that they were killing people,” said the witness, adding that he had known Trisic from before and that at that moment “he was wearing an SNB military uniform, a Kalashnikov rifle across his chest, and an iron rod and claw.”
According to him, in the hall where they were imprisoned, there were killings, mistreatment, and executions.
The indictment charges Trisic with 22 counts that in 1992, as a member of the Territorial Defense (TO), together with other formations, he participated in the persecution of civilians of Bosniak nationality – imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, and murder.
Nurija Salkic told how in April 1992 he lived in the town of Suha, and on May 10th, local Serbian soldiers surrounded the settlements and captured the locals, and then transferred them to the stadium. As he said, there were several thousand people at the stadium.
After the stadium, the men were taken to the school where, according to the witness, people were killed, and Salkic himself was beaten several times.
The witness said that Trisic beat the prisoners, that he beat him, as well as Ramiz Kadric and his children.
”He didn’t beat Ramiz so much as he was bloodthirsty towards the children. (…) The children were screaming so loud and I knew they couldn’t get up,” said the witness, adding that he knew that after six days, when the prisoners were taken to Pale, Ramiz and his children remained in the school, and were later found murdered, Detektor writes.