Friday, February 8, 2013

Garaplija: Actions of Seva unit attributed to Serbs

2/8/2013 3:10:00 PM
THE HAGUE - Former member of the National Security Service of the Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Interior Ministry Edin Garaplija confirmed on Friday during the trial against Radovan Karadzic that a secret military unit Seve operated in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war and that the responsibility for its sniper actions and attack on civilians was attributed to the Republika Srpska Army (VRS).

  Testifying before the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) during the trial against the former Republika Srpska president, Garaplija stated on Thursday that this was a secret military unit which operated mostly in Sarajevo, but it also performed actions in other areas and abroad. The unit was formed by the then BiH interior minister Alija Delimustafic in May 1992 and its operations were top secret, Garaplija stated. Only Delimustafic and few high officials knew about it, including Nedzad Ugljen who served as the vice secretary in the National Security Service for a while, he noted. Soon after the unit was made out, Ugljen was murdered in Sarajevo, Garaplija stated. He stated that he and his associates in the Agency for Investigation and Documentation (AID) obtained shocking confessions concerning the activities of the unit from member of the Seve unit Nedzad Herenda in 1996. 

 All terrorist activities, from sniper executions to planting explosive devices, are compromising for the Bosnian defence forces, Garaplija stated. Karadzic mostly interrogated the witness about two incidents, the murder of French member of UNPROFOR and an attempted murder of former Commander of BiH Army Headquarters general Sefer Halilovic. Garaplija stated that he learnt from Herenda that his task was to fire at French positions in the downtown and Bosnian officials attributed the responsibility for this event to Serbs although the individual who committed the murder could not be identified. 

 According to Garaplija, Herenda also confessed to accompliceship in the operation in which an explosive device was planted in the apartment of general Halilovic who was dismissed before the attempted murder for publicly opposing the partition of BiH. The incident was presented to the public as VRS shelling by means of guided missile 9K11 Malyutka because Herenda and his associates planted the Malyutka cable so as to leave the impression that the missile came from Serb positions, Garaplija stated. He added that he testified on Friday because ICTY judges issued binding summons since he did not want to come forth of his own free will. Phot Tanjug

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