Bosnian Jihadis Forced Prisoners to Kiss Severed Head
Sakib Mahmuljin, leader of the Bosnian Army’s El Mujahedeen unit in Zavidovici. (Dnevnilist)
At the trial of former Bosnian Army general Sakib Mahmuljin, a witness said he was beaten and given electric shocks by mujahideen fighters and forced to kiss another prisoner’s severed head.
Former Bosnian Serb servicemen Miodrag Samac told the Sarajevo-based court on Wednesday that while he was held captive by the Bosnian Army’s El Mujahedeen unit in Zavidovici in July 1995, he was assaulted and forced to kiss the severed head of a murdered fellow prisoner.
Samac testified that he was taken prisoner on July 21, 1995 near Vozuca in the Zavidovici municipality by El Mujahedeen fighters.
“We thought they were members of the Bosnian army. However, they looked nothing like people from here. Some had big beards and did not speak the language,” said Samac.
He said that he was then taken with other prisoners to Livade, where they were tied up in a house.
“They hit us while we were tied up. They gave us electric shocks, and while they beat us, they filmed it with a camera. I fell unconscious with a wire around my neck and my hands and legs tied,” he said.
The witness said that the prisoners from Livade were taken to the El Mujahedeen camp in Gostovici on July 23, 1995.
“There they took us to the playing field, between white tents, and spat on us, beat us,” he said.
“One night they told us to lie on our stomachs and blindfolded our eyes. Then one of the prisoners, Gojko Vujicic, said he would kill them all. We heard a shot, someone saying ‘Allah Akbar’, and a thud,” he added.
After the blindfolds were removed, Samac was forced to kiss Vujicic’s severed head, he said.