The case from the end of the summer of 1996 is interesting when more than a year after the liberation of Srebrenica a voters’ list was compiled for the first post-war elections in BiH that were organized by the OSCE. On the voters’ list, there were even 3,016 Muslim men who were listed as missing for more than a year at the time
By Vesna ŠURBAT
Renowned Serb historian and researcher Milivoje Ivanišević has told Srna that an analysis of voluminous documentation, which he conducted, enabled the identification of facts and revealed multiple frauds and forgeries which raise the issue as to until when the hatred towards the Serbs will be incited thanks to forgeries.
Ivanišević says that only upon his return to Belgrade from Srebrenica, on July 23, 1995, he saw in the press, on TV and at public forums how far deceits can go as no one knew any fact and everyone was talking about “a huge Serb crime.”
“It is particularly hard to understand the way certain Serb political, social or so-called humanitarian organizations, particularly NGOs, dealt with this huge lie about the behavior of Serbs in Srebrenica…I did not manage to publish a single article about events in Srebrenica for full eight years,” he says.
Only in 2003, Ivanišević says, thanks to his friend, Serb intellectual and patriot Predrag Kijuk, who at the time was the editor in chief of “Književne Novine,” he managed to publish a voluminous article in two parts in which he tried to explain what is and what is not disputable regarding the Srebrenica case.
“I was proving that Muslim civilians were not killed. On the contrary, only Serb civilians were killed,” Ivanišević says.
He points out that the first forgery on which the public, media guilt for the so-called genocide, was built, which was dominant for a long time in the public, pertained to constantly highlighted deception that the Muslim population suffered the most.
“This accusation caused an unheard-of media hunt against everything that is Serbian. We got an opportunity to determine the truth when the International Red Cross Committee published a list of 11,000 missing persons in August 1995,” he says.
According to Ivanišević, the analysis of the list lasted for two months and it determined an incredible, but useful and indisputable fact that out of that huge number, only 36 women and 51 minor men were on the list.
“This was a bombshell at some international gatherings and silenced liars. Despite this, the media hunt lasted for many years to come,” Ivanišević said.
NUMBER OF MUSLIM VICTIMS DISPUTABLE – ALIVE OR DEAD AS PER NEED
The second forgery, he says, pertains to a total number of Muslim victims which, according to Muslim sources, is 8,372.
“In this case also, no reliable data or evidence was provided. According to the ICTY documents which were signed by their investigators Dean Manning, 2,361 bodies have been exhumed from 30 mass graves. Everything beyond this number is disputable,” says Ivanišević.
The second document which very convincingly challenges the deceit, says Ivanišević, is a list of fallen soldiers published in the “Monograph of the 2nd Corps of the Army of BiH,” a military formation which operated in Srebrenica as well, according to which, the 2nd Corps of the so-called Army of BiH lost a total of 7,450 soldiers.
“Had Srebrenica not been a fabrication, Muslims would have published their names. They still do not have single evidence for any of them proving that they were in that area at the time, let alone that they were killed in July 1995,” he says.
He says that Muslims, pressed by challenges, added to their numbers the numbers of those killed in Bratunac, Bijeljina, Foča, Han Pijesak, Rogatica, Sokolac, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Srebrenik, Ugljevik, Višegrad, Zvornik, Vlasenica and Tuzla.
“And this is around 600 killed per municipality, meaning in Srebrenica also. Out of those exhumed, only one was a woman, and she is a Serb woman, Biljana Matić, but also another three Serb victims, Gojko Todorović, Vojislav Milošević, Stanko Danilović. The others have not been identified, but one can expect more Serbs,” Ivanišević says.
The case from the end of the summer of 1996 is interesting, he says, when more than a year after the liberation of Srebrenica a voters’ list was compiled for the first post-war elections in BiH that were organized by the OSCE. On the voters’ list, there were even 3,016 Muslim men who were listed as missing for more than a year at the time.
“This manipulation remains unsolved, and their dual role is indisputable. They were both alive and dead, as per need. This was covered up but was revealed in 2003 when the first alleged victims were buried and the Srebrenica- Potočari Memorial Center opened,” Ivanšević says.
COURT AND STATE BODIES IN BiH ALSO FALSIFIED FACTS
He has said that a review and analysis of several thousands of court decisions and death certificates revealed that even court and state bodies in BiH falsified facts.
Ivanišević has pointed out several examples, including the one in which the Gradačac court of general jurisdiction changed the time and place of death of Siručić /Mehmed/ Safet, and instead of December 21, 1996, it was falsely written: “July 12, 1995, on the Srebrenica-Tuzla road.”
The explanation of the court decision No. R-45/00, of June 9, 2005, says that “applicant Smajlović Hata asked for the change as on the contrary, she would lose the right to a family disability pension.”
The second example: the Srebrenik court of general jurisdiction changed the time and place of death of Selimović /Bećir/ Bećo. The court falsely wrote that he was killed on July 14, 1995, in Potočari, Srebrenica Municipality.
The explanation of the Decision No. R-II-62/99, of February 6, 2003, says that “applicant Habiba Selimović asked for the change as on the contrary, she would lose the right to a family pension, compensation of damage from the Dutch Government.”
The same forgery, Ivanišević says, was asked by Mejaza Hasanović, and she got it by the decision of the Srebrenik court of general jurisdiction No. R-II-116/99 on September 19, 2002. The explanation of the Decision says that “on the contrary, she would lose the right to a family pension, compensation of damage from the Dutch Government.”
He says that Ramiza Jugović also applied for a change of time and place of death of her husband as she would thus “realize the right to a Swiss pension for her missing husband,” and a new court decision No. R-II-135/99 was issued by the Srebrenica court of general jurisdiction on April 10, 2000.
“As we can see, when it comes to forgeries regarding the scope of Serb ‘guilt’ and a great number of Muslim ‘victims’ all means are allowed. Everything is forged. Everyone is taking part in deceiving the public, starting from the OSCE, courts, and state bodies of BiH to the above said Muslim women Hata, Habiba, Ramiza, Mejaza…,” Ivanišević said.
Ivanišević says that despite everything, he believes that these examples are only a tip of an iceberg of deceits regarding the alleged sufferings of Muslim civilians.
He mentioned an article published on July 24, 1995, by journalist Tim Butcher in the London Daily Telegraph. Butcher wrote that “after five days of interviews, the chief UN investigator, who investigated alleged human rights violations at the time of the fall of Srebrenica, did not find a single first-hand testimony of crimes.”
Ivanišević reveals that the investigator was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Henry Wieland.