DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

03 January, 2010


PHOTO: Ivana Ramic, spokesperson for the Belgrade's War Crimes Court.

Today, Serbian police have arrested Darko Jankovic, a man suspected of war crimes during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the killing of 19 civilians. Darko Jankovic had been "wanted for a long time", a spokesperson for the court's prosecutor's office, Ivana Ramic, said in a statement.

"His name is linked to several crimes mainly in the cultural centre at Celopek where 19 people were killed," the Prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said.

The area is located near Zvornik in Eastern Bosnia (Podrinje). The municipality of Zvornik is very close to the municipality of Srebrenica (see enlarged map).

Vekaric said Jankovic is "potentially linked to horrendous crimes," including the killing of Muslim civilians near the Bosnian town of Zvornik in 1992. He gave no other details.

The Bosnian war claimed at least 100 000 lives and forced 2.2 million people to flee their homes. The man most wanted for his role as military chief in the war is Ratko Mladic, accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including participation in the Srebrenica Genocide where Serb forces massacred more than 8000 Bosniak men and boys and forcibly expelled 30,000 Bosniak refugees.

According to "SrbijaNet", the Belgrade-based war crimes court rendered judgments for crimes in Zvornik on 12 June 2008. Four accussed belonged to the volunteer Serbian units "Pivarski" ('Brewers') and "Zute Ose" ('Yellow Wasps'). At that time, three people were convicted for their role in the Zvornik massacre. Dragan Slavkovic was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Ivan Korac to 13, Sinisa Filipovic to 3 years, while Dragutin Dragicevic was acquitted.

During the trial, a large number of eyewitnesses connected Darko Jankovic with the crimes in the Zvornik municipality.