There were over 650 detention facilities where civilians were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. Five hundred and twenty of them were in the Bosnian Serb controlled territory, according to the data gathered by the BH Camp Inmates' Association
According to the figures presented by the BH Camp Inmates' Association, there were over 650 detention facilities where civilians were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. Five hundred and twenty of them were in the Bosnian Serb controlled territory. The data were presented by Melika Malesevic, the registrar of the Association, testifying as a prosecution witness at the trial of Momcilo Krajisnik.
As the former SDS leader and speaker of the Bosnian Serb Assembly has been charged with the crimes committed in 1992, the prosecution and the witness compiled separate statistical data for that year. The data show that in the 34 municipalities in which the SDS took over power there were about 300 detention facilities for non-Serb civilians. Those were mostly make-shift detention facilities – in schools, warehouses, factories and police buildings, private homes, etc.
Krajisnik's defense counsel tried to challenge the reliability of the data by asking whether the Association had been gathering data together with RS-based camp inmates' associations. The witness notes that there was collaboration, but also misunderstandings, because the data they received from RS included information about prisoners of war, while her Association gathers data mainly about civilian detainees. When the defense asked for more information about the persons detained in Sarajevo during the siege, Malesevic said her organization had not yet received those data.
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