Skip to comments.Serbia shocked by video showing Srebrenica shootings
Posted on 06/02/2005 8:54:24 PM PDT by Hoplite
Agencies in Belgrade
Friday June 3, 2005
They are the images that have finally, 10 years later, shocked a nation. A man, several men, are unloaded from a truck, marched to a wooded hillside and shot, one by one, in the back. Two prisoners are ordered to carry the bodies to a barn. They too are then executed. The murder of thousands of Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica in the summer of 1995 is well documented. But a video that emerged this week during the trial of the former Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, has provoked a bout of soul-searching in Serbia, parts of which are still in denial over the horrors of the Bosnian war.
The footage was the first such graphic material from the massacre in Srebrenica to be shown in the country, where more than half of the population refuses to believe it even took place, according to a poll last month. "Serbia is deeply shocked," President Boris Tadic said. "Those images are proof of a monstrous crime committed against persons of a different religion. And the guilty had walked as free men until now."
Eight alleged former members of a Serb paramilitary group, the Scorpions, filmed actually carrying out the murders, have been arrested on the strength of the footage, officials said yesterday.
The faces of the perpetrators can be seen and their insults to the Muslims heard. The film was shot by a member of the Scorpions.
"The killers had walked freely among us, on our streets, behaving as if they were ordinary, honorable citizens," Mr Tadic said. "All those who committed war crimes must be held accountable; only in this way will we be able to have a future. We must not close our eyes to the cruelty that took place."
He added that the crimes at Srebrenica "were carried out in the name of our nation".
"But crimes are always individual and the perpetrators of these monstrous crimes must be punished."
Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, with UN peacekeepers powerless to stop their advance. Some 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were led away to their deaths, survivors telling of how they were lined up and shot in several batches, then buried in mass graves.
The prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, called the executions a "disgraceful".
UN prosecutors say the killings in the video footage took place on Mount Treskavica near the wartime Bosnian Serb capital, Pale, which is south-west of Srebrenica. The Scorpions were allegedly under orders from Serbian police in Belgrade and the link could directly tie Mr Milosevic with the crimes committed in Bosnia.
This latest revelation is no so much pertinent to Milosevic's trial, in which the prosecution has already finished it's case, as it is to Bosnia's upcoming suit against Serbia in the International Court of Justice - Belgrade's defence has always been that it was not involved directly in Bosnia's war, but that stance has become well nigh unsupportable.
Wonder if this will finally put to rest the apologists and nay sayers on this board who deny crimes were committed by the Serbs.....
not likely is my guess
Actually the more recent spin from the apologists is it happened, but every single Bosnian was a rabid fundamentalist Al Queda member by 1995, so it was necessary.
every single Bosnian was a rabid fundamentalist?
Really? Even the children?
It took me a while to grasp the idea that bosnians were actually capable of perpetrating massacres against their own people in order to pull gullible American and NATO weenies into their schemes.
And why was Milosevic more of a threat to our natl. security than Sadam?
How stupid do you think the world is?
Sensible people have never argued that Milosevitch was a nice guy, or that the Serbs never committed any atrocities. Atrocities have been committed by all the various nationalities in former Yugoslavia.
But in Bosnia the Muslims committed more atrocities than the Serbs, and in Kosovo the Albanian terrorists committed, and continue to commit, more atrocities than the Serbs.
I still think it's clear that we fought this war on the wrong side.
Where's the reference, and Milosevic response?
Until then, my BS detector is on high alert.
Amazing how the MSM can report something, but the public is never allowed to view the evidence.
So, is there a video that I can watch, or was this another fiction created by the MSM?
True, though imo we should have just taken a pass on this conflict.
Just wrong - the Serbs not only won the civilian bodycount sweepstakes in all their lost wars, but courtesy of their campaign against Croat Catholic churches, they won the title for Church destructions, and debased any subsequent claims as to their being "Christian" victims.
Seriously Cicero, who do you think you're going to fool with your revisionist garbage, other than fools?
Now this should be easy to verify. At this location, 8,000 bodies should be in a mass grave. It should be trivial to exhume the bodies and validate what this article reported.
What were the autopsy reports for these exhumed bodies? If so, can we read these autopsy reports?
I say this with respect: Serbian Mr. Voinovich better be watching this stuff so he knows how incompetent that so-called organization, the UN, is at solving ANY world problem.
Lets see what R. Holdbrook would have had to say about this. Do I hear crickets?
Scorpions arrested after video showing
One they wouldn't have won on their own.
If there are actual autopsy reports, video archives, and other factual sources of information, I would love view this information.
Your statements may be correct, but so far, I have been unable to see any supporting factual evidence. Your help would be most appreciated.
Chilling Video Footage Shown of Purported Execution of Srebrenica Muslims By 'Scorpions' Paramilitary Unit - Allegedly Under Serbian MUP Command (CIJ link)
BELGRADE -- Thursday According to unofficial information received by B92, two members of the Scorpion paramilitary unit, Aleksandar Medic and Pera Petrasevic, have been taken into custody.
The Serbian government has stated that a number of individuals were arrested after the showing of the video in which the Scorpion unit executes a group of Muslims in Srebrenica, but the government never stated who the individuals were.
In talks with The Hagues Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte today, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said that the Serbian government reacted yesterday, as soon as the footage was shown at Slobodan Milosevics Hague war crimes trial.
Del Ponte said that she is pleased with the quick reaction of the Serbian government and called it a brilliant operation. She has thanked the government in Belgrade for the swift move and has asked the Serbian government to react in the same way in arresting and extraditing all other Hague fugitives.
Aleksandar Medic is the brother of Slobodan Medic, who was commander of the Scorpion unit, and the third Medic brother, Dragan, has been mentioned in participating in the Podujeva massacre in Kosovo.
However, since this was also reported from Belgrade, I tend to believe that it may be factual.
This civil war was not a conflict with one side a good side and one side a bad side, just like Nazis at war with Stalin's communists which were both not favored for a victory by the US. Bosnia's Muslims may have murdered Serbians as well as Serbians murdering Bosnia's Muslims.
Ask a few more times, but since it was just used as evidence in court and appears to have not been released, you'll just have to be patient.
Didn't Tito go after the people who sided with the Nazis aggresively? If he didn't that would really surprise me, even western countries like Holland and France really went after collaborators.
Video is there.
View with extreme caution and the understanding that it is a video of an execution.
Hope you understand why I desire factual information, since the MSM has lost all credibility.
I guess the video has aired on Radio TV Serbia (RTS)
My questions have been answered. Thanks for providing the information and understanding why I require facts.
I didn't see anyone being shot.
Question: Why were all of the men being executed wearing the same blue shirts? Was this some type form of uniform?
Furthermore, the Bosnian Serbs have been belatedly coughing up documents related to Srebrenica, and the first mass grave located as a result of their cooperation was exhumed in June of 2004.
You know how some folks still deny the holocaust? Yeah, Srebrenica is like that - while most of us wouldn't give folks from the IHR the time of day, few of us are adequately equipped to counter their specious arguments, and so it is with Serb revisionists and Milosevic's wars.
I understand completely.
He was no threat at all. But someone had to be picked to make Bill Clinton look tough. Now we have an Al Queda vassal state in the form of Kosovo. Hooray!
Who were these Muslims that were executed by that one Serbian military unit? Were they captured terrorists?
Don't waste your time. These Bosnia-Bots don't want to hear the facts.
Oh really? So where are all the tens of thousands of bodies?
So far, the documentation with Croatia and Bosnia has been convincing, if not a little one-sided.
Tonight, I wanted verification of this video and I was able to locate and view it myself.
To check that it was not "staged", I used some video editing software and stepped through one sequence frame by frame. Yes, when the gun shots were heard in the audio, holes appeared in the victim's shirt.
I consider this video as factual information.
How many "victims" were combatants or terrorists? I'm not saying that all of them were, but there is a distinction. How many?
Ha ha! Do you actually expect the Muslim apologists here and MSM to actually require facts before making genocidal assertions? C'mon...
Tens of thousands? I thought I heard the Clinton administration, when they were lying to lead us to war against Serbia, saying that there were hundreds of thousands in mass graves. Did we ever find those?
The Croats and Muslims would be the Nazis, without a doubt, as they were allied with Hitler and had SS battalions.
That is why I was asking if anyone knows why the men being executed were all wearing the same blue shirts.
Freepers are very smart people. Someone can answer my ignorant questions.
My sentiments, exactly.
I'm sure they were all just members of the local Muslim Boy Scout troup. When you are the MSM's scapegoat, everyone you kill is "innocent". When your own people are murdered (as in Kosovo), well then you must PROVOKED the Mooselimbs to RAGE against you, and besides you had it coming, because future World Prez Bill Clinton and Wesley Clark says that Serbs are bad.