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Tvrtko Pasalic

Izvjesce je 23. rujna 1993. sastavio Darko Milkovic, zapo­vjednik 2. voda sibenske policije, i poslao ga u SlS u Splitu.

U njemu se kaze: "Dana. 17.09. oko 11.00 sati, dosao nam je u posjet general Daidza (Mate Sarlija op. Z. P.), a desetak minuta poslije zapovjednik Mihael Budimir i Frane Goreta, odvojeno svak sa svojim vozilom. Ja sam generala ukratko upoz­nao sa situacijom u Vojnoj policiji i uvi­dio da su ga sasvim drugacije informirali. Ja sam mu rekao da nema nikakve pobu­ne od strane nase satnije Vojne policije nego svi vojni policajci skupa sa su­spendiranim zap. Barisicem zele zavrsiti zapoceto, tj. da za sve kriminalne radnje Zeljka Maglova, Tvrtka Pasalica, Mi­haela Budimira, o kojima postoje dokazi i izvijescen je sam drzavni vrh, odgova­raju navedeni. Generalu sam posebno naglasio ukra­dene jahte, kradju automobila, mucenje ubijanje pritvorenika. General se trudio ostati ravnodusan i samo je ponavljao da se primopredaja mora izvrsiti. Generalu, je receno da iza zap. Barisica stoje svi ljudi i da ce se na tome ustrajati. Kad sam mu spomenuo da se planira izvrciti napad na vojarnu od strane 4. gardijske brigade, 73. bojne Vojne policije, 142. brigade i pripadnika 7. gardijske briga­de, ostao je iznenadjen pitajuci me kako sam ja to uspio doznati. Ja sam mu napomenuo da mi necemo pucati na hrvat­skog vojnika, ali da cemo ustrajati u nasim namjerama. General me je upozo­rio da se o Mihaelu Budimiru, Zeljku Maglovu, Tvrtku Pasalicu i ostalima zna dosta, ali da mi moramo popustiti kako ne bi doslo do krvo­prolica. Kad smo zavrsili razgovor, otisli smo u kantinu, gdje je bio za­povjednik Budimir, hvaleci se da mu je ministar obrane Gojko Susak pri­jatelj i da ce nas uskoro sve pozatvarati. Taj njegov govor izazvao je revolt medju policajcima, te su ga poceli vrijedjati, kazavsi mu da mu to prijateljstvo nece puno pomoci, jer smo mi u stanju sve uciniti da se on i Maglov razotkriju. U medjuvremenu, u prostorijama dezur­nog, Frano Goreta poceo je vikati i prozivati Maria Barisica da je komu­nist, kao i svi njegovi suradnici, i da ce nam brzo doci kraj... "

Shibenik Case: Even the President knew II

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Mario Barisic
"I have decided to declare this under penalty since it all seemed rather suspicious to me and in case any investigation of this incident is initiated" stated Barisic in conclusion of his official report. After Barisic's confession to "Globus" - a confession that could hardly be called sensational as already in 1993 all important men in the Sibenik Headquarters of the Croatian Army, leaders of the local HDZ, as well as most of the Sibenik public had known about this feigned attack, while the story about the staged attack had also been mentioned in several articles in "Feral Tribune" and "Slobodna Dalmacija" - a ten-day discussion was launched in Croatian papers in which everyone had his say about the event except for those people the former Commander of the Sibenik Military Police had mentioned in his statement.

The "Shibenik Ballad" of Lies and Death

According to Barisic, and the testimony of other witnesses, members of the Croatia's military intelligence service, SIS, and the military police, were responsible for the war crimes in Sibenik and Split. Barisic said he had informed the authorities of the crimes at the time. The military police chief Mato Lausic, the deputy defence minister Josip Perkovic, the late defence minister Gojko Susak and the late president Franjo Tudjman were all notified. The army establishment simply did not respond.

Zagreb Arrest "Small Fish"

I told everything to the president, investigative commission, and journalists. Who else can I talk to? Should I contact the Hague Tribunal? Do you know how many Serb civilians were killed after the operation 'Storm' and no one has been tried for that? The same team committed all of these crimes in Lora, in Kuline, in Gospic and the whole Croatia. The only difference is in the number of victims and seriousness of crimes... All participants retained their positions and were even promoted," says Mario Barisic in Novi List.

Discrete Charm of Amnesia

Mario Barisic, Ex-Chef der Militär - Kripo von Sibenik, sagt aus: "Zeljko Maglov und seine Leute haben 1992 serbische Kriegsgefangene getötet, als diese ihre Toten beerdigten." (Dokumentierte Untersuchung über ein Kriegsverbrechen in der Hochebene von Miljevci 1992)

Mario Barisic - was his testimony in vain?

Shibenik Case: Even the President knew I

Shibenik Case: Even the President knew II

Lora Trial Prosecutors Seek Relocation

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Karl Penta (right) and other British mercenary in Gospic 1991
Levar Widow Fights Lonely Battle Almost eighteen months after a car bomb killed Milan Levar, no-one has been charged with his murder. His widow is still waiting for justice.
By Dominic Hipkins in Gospic and Zagreb
(BCR No 318, 15-Feb-02)

Vesna Levar and her son Leon, 12, rarely receive guests at their modest flat in Gospic, a war-ravaged town in south-west Croatia, four hours away by train from Zagreb. Beneath the framed portrait of her late husband Milan - a potential Hague witness assassinated a few hundred metres from their home in August 2000 - the calling cards of journalists who drop in from time to time are proudly displayed. However, neighbours in the same building never knock on Vesna Levar's door. Locals cross the street to avoid her. "There should be a street in Gospic named after Milan Levar," said Vjesnik journalist, Zeljko Peratovic, who last spoke to him hours before his murder. Peratovic, an expert on the case, is the author of a forthcoming book about Levar's life, entitled "Hero or Traitor". Many Croats believe Peratovic deserves the latter label himself for his attempts to shed light on the darkest episodes of the war for independence. He was constantly harassed by the Croatian secret service during his investigations into the case. However, it is in part thanks to his example that the country has started to examine the record of the so-called homeland defenders in a series of trials. One such trial is currently unfolding in Rijeka, where men Levar named as murderers in a 1997 magazine interview stand accused of massacring at least 40 people, mostly Serbs, in Gospic in 1991. The group is led by Tihomir Oreskovic and former general Mirko Norac. The latter earned near-martyr status a year ago when 100,000 people took to the streets of Split in protest over moves to arrest and then extradite him to the war crimes tribunal. The demonstration forced The Hague to give Croatia the chance to try Norac on home ground. In stark contrast to this show of mass solidarity, less than 100 people attended Milan Levar's funeral six months before. A decade ago, Gospic just survived a pulverising two-month siege by rebel Serbs - supported by the Yugoslav National Army - striving to push forward the boundaries of the Serbian statelet in Croatia, the Republic of Serbian Krajina. Levar joined in the frontline defence of the town but became alienated as radicalised outsiders assumed command roles. Oreskovic, a returning political émigré, became head of the town's crisis committee. In December 1991, Oreskovic signed an authorisation, which Levar kept as evidence. It reads, "You are free to act militarily as you wish, no-one will try and stop you." Levar interpreted this as confirmation that the killing of civilians was being endorsed from above. Appalled, he left the army. People in Gospic, prominent Serbs and some Croats too, had started to disappear. "There were people trying to prove they were good Croats by killing as many Serbs as possible," Levar told his wife. He later contacted the newly established war crimes tribunal. When UN investigators were reluctant to come to Gospic, Levar met them in Zagreb. Other witnesses who were afraid to contact The Hague used the Levar home as a meeting point. Incriminating documents were handed over and eyewitness testimony recorded. Levar was invited to The Hague on three occasions. The trips may have paid dividends for UN investigators who, acting on precise tip-offs, exhumed a mass grave site in a Gospic suburb. But relations between Levar and the tribunal soured after the former publicised his allegations in the Croatian press. No one from The Hague attended his funeral or sent condolences to his family. "Why does The Hague distance itself from a man who died for the truth?" his widow said bitterly. Peratovic says Levar was frustrated with the tribunal's lack of interest in certain individuals possibly implicated in Gospic atrocities. "The Hague didn't want to know about the role of [former defence minister] Gojko Susak, because he was protected by the Americans," Peratovic claimed. Levar and others are alleged to have accused Susak of raping illegally detained civilians, who later disappeared. Peratovic quotes a former waitress alleging that Susak, who was close to Norac, played cards as dead bodies lay scattered around military headquarters in Gospic. Susak is widely believed to have brokered a deal in Washington with former defence secretary William Perry that prepared the ground for Bosnia's 1995 Dayton peace accords It is believed that US support for Croatia to re-take the Krajina was conditional on Croatia stopping its military sponsorship of the Bosnian Croats. The widow of The Hague's first, and so far, only, murdered war crimes witness maintains no one will take responsibility for his death. "My husband was alone when he was alive, but he couldn't be bought," she said, referring to hush money offered by his enemies and the offer of a new ID and life abroad by The Hague. Levar miscalculated that his high-profile reputation would protect him at home. The Croatian authorities received a request from the tribunal to provide protection for Levar, which the Gospic police claim was later lost. His wife suspects foul play. "Either the killers are protected or the police are incompetent," she said. Some suspect local police may have played a less than innocent role in the affair, possibly hiding evidence in the hours after the attack. A Gospic apartment block covered in pro-fascist graffiti overlooks the open-air workshop where her husband, a mechanic, was murdered. "Anybody there would have seen who planted the bomb," Levar's wife said, suspecting that this line of inquiry was not pursued by the town's police. The government is now attempting to evict the family from their flat, which was previously inhabited by a former Yugoslav army officer who left on the outbreak of war and has not returned. It is an attempt to force her out of town, Vesna Levar believes. She is defiantly determined to stay put. The Levar case shows important lessons need to be still learned, if war crimes prosecutors in The Hague want their promises of protection for future witnesses and their families to have any credibility. Dominic Hipkins is a freelance journalist based in Croatia

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Munib Suljic

Journalist Zeljko Peratovic was physical assaulted by a member of the so-called Mercep Units Munib Suljic. The attacker was charged with misdemeanour and fined.

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Mirko Norac
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Leon Levar & Zeljko Peratovic

"Whatever he used to say, to kill a man in his own backyard, in front of his child, that's a crime and must be punished."

The New York Times writer Carlotta Gall about Milan Levar's death

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