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Depositions of Serbian women given to the State Commission
for War Crimes
Page #10 and 11 of the above
THE SERBIAN REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
NATIONAL SECURITY SERVICE
WAR DEPARTMENT ILIDZA
Date: 5 October 1992
Processed by: A 15
Pursuant to a suggestion from
the National Security Service, a deposition was taken from Nada Jovovic
which gravely incriminates Hamdo Sasic and three members of Juka's army
for the rape and possible murder of Sanja Ikic in her flat at No. 1, Oteska
Nada Jovovic has also given
a statement for television Belgrade and Novi Sad to their correspondent
from Ilidza. That story, as well as a story on the rescue of Croats from
Oteska, has been shelved until the rescue action is finished. This job
was done in cooperation with military security bodies and the military
police of the Ilidza brigade and a report thereon will be submitted on
Note: Nada Jovovic's deposition
is attached herewith.
Citizen NADA JOVOVICH, born
on 7 June 1969, father Novica and mother Dragica, nee Todorovic, agricultural
technologist, single, permanent residence at No. 34 Darovalaca krvi Street,
Sarajevo, commune of Novo Sarajevo, C.Reg. No. 0706969177668, has made
the following statement.
On 30 September 1992, around
9 p.m., Hamdo Sasic, [Muslim] MP commander for the
city of Sarajevo, accompanied by two members of "Juka's army", came
to the apartment of Sanja Ikic at No. 1, Oteska Street, block 1. They asked
me and Sanja Ikic what we had done at Joze Oroz's place, how had Stjepan
Kalem, nicknamed Pepo, gone and why he had not taken us with him. They
cursed our Chetnik mothers and verbally abused us. Hamdo Sasic asked me
where my brother and brother-in-law were. We did not respond to any of
his provocations. At a certain point a third member of the so-called "Juka's
army" arrived and addressed Hamdo Sasic with the words: "That is not how
things are done, my brother, but like this". Having said that, this member
of "Juka's army" took Sanja Ikic by the hand and
took her to the adjoining room. The other two members of "Juka's army"
joined them. After that I only heard screams and sounds of Sanja Ikic struggling
to wrest herself free. I stayed in the room with Hamdo Sasic and,
tearful and scared, asked him: "Why are you doing this to me when I am
guilty of nothing". I begged him to go into the room and to make them let
her go. He replied: "No, Nada, we must make Moslem
children". At that moment one Juka's soldier entered the room buttoning
up his black coveralls and said to Hamdo Sasic: "Our business is done".
Three Juka's soldiers went towards the front door and I ran to the room
in which my friend was. I found Sanja on the floor,
naked, her body was red, especially her neck.
Her face was white as a sheet and she was frothing at the mouth. I went
to her and took her by the shoulders, I called her name, but she did not
respond. I could not ascertain whether she was dead or alive. I ran towards
the front door seeking to escape, but Hamdo Sasic caught up with me, grabbed
my shoulder and turned me to face him.
Through tears I begged him
to let me go but he would not let go of me. I started screaming and Hamdo
hit me with his head, drawing blood from my nose and mouth. He lightly
pushed me towards the floor. I fell on the floor and Hamdo Sasic said to
me: "Tomorrow night you will be raped by me and you
will bear a Moslem".
After that Hamdo took the
key and locked the door from the outside, taking the key with him. Through
the window of the flat, which was on the first floor above the "Hollywood"
pizzeria, I climbed down to the street across some sandbags, then I ran
to the other side of the street and went into building L near the railway
track. There I spent the night and the next morning at 9 a.m. crossed the
river Zeljeznica and into Vreoce.
Statement given by: (Signed)JOVOVIC,
Minutes kept by: (Signed)
Statement taken by: (Signed)
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