ZIJAD ZIGIC (MUSLIM), SUSPECTED GENOCIDE PARTICIPANT
PHOTO: Zijad Zigic - Muslim member of a notorious Serb killing squad under the command of General Ratko Mladic. Zigic is suspected of taking part in the 1995 massacres of his own people during the Srebrenica Genocide. You're looking at a face of an evil man, possibly a monster.
His name is Zijad Žigić, but to protect his real identity, he carries a number of fake IDs issued to him by the Serb authorities. Sometimes he goes by the name of "Živko Mičić". Friends simply call him "Žiga." Today, he lives freely in the ethnically cleansed and Serb-controlled town of Bijeljina. He is a war-time member of an extremist ultra-nationalist "Serb Radical Party."
Zijad Zigic is suspected of being involved in a number of terrorist activities, including the bombing of Alija Izetbegovic's grave at the Kovaci cemetery in Sarajevo on the morning of 11 August 2006. He is also the main suspect in the cold-blooded liquidation of Vojislav Jekic, a Serb man who was scheduled to testify against the Serbian war criminal Vojislav Seselj (leader of the Serb Radical Party - now on trial at the Hague).
During the Bosnian war, General Ratko Mladic awarded two guns, "magnum 357", with a personalized "thank you" note to Milorad Pelemis, commander of the unit, and his subordinate, Zijad Zigic for their 'bravery.' As a gift, Zigic also received a commemorative Serb flag from Radislav Krstic, former Serb general who was convicted on for aiding and abetting genocide.
Zijad Zigic - along with his comrades Stanko Savanovic, Vlastimir Golijan, Zoran Goronja, Franc Kos, Zoran Obrenovic, and Marko Boskic (and others) - is suspected of participating in the executions of unarmed Bosniak prisoners of war during the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. Members of the 10th Sabotage Detachment were paid based on their performance. At the time of the Srebrenica massacre, General Ratko Mladic approved the payment of 10 Deutsche marks per 1 Bosniak head (previously, another member of the killing squad claimed they received 5 Deutche marks per 'a dunk shot' kill). Bosniaks were hunted and killed like animals, or tricked into surrendering and then lined up and killed. According to Drazen Erdemovic (Croat), convicted perpetrator of the genocide, the members of his unit [10th Sabotage Detachment] executed 1,200 Bosniaks on a military farm Branjevo. The massacre was captured on Satellite Photos. Srebrenica Bosniaks were led to their deaths blindfolded and tied up, see photos. Bodies of Srebrenica victims were located in at least 80 mass graves scattered all over Podrinje.
In the interview, Zijad Zigic bragged about helping Franc Kos avoid the capture. He claims that people from Serbia's State Security Service alerted Milomir Pelemis (who lives freely in Serbia)that Bosnia's state police (SIPA) was about to arrest Stanko Savanovic and other suspected war criminals. Pelemis then reportedly alerted Zigic to warn other suspects that agents were coming after them. This information helpedFranc Kos avoid the arrest in February 2010, but three other suspects - Vlastimir Golijan, Zoran Goronja and Stanko Savanovic - were not that lucky. They were arrested and charged with taking part in the crime of genocide.
According to Krstic appellate judgement, Serb forces "targeted for extinction the 40,000 Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica." In July 1995, they forcibly expelled 30,000 and killed more than 8,000 Bosniaks.
As of 26 March 2010, the number of DNA-identified Srebrenica genocide victims has increased from 6,186 to 6,414, according to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP):
"Of the 13,000 persons DNA identified in the context of BiH, 6,414 were DNA identifications of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica. To make these DNA-based identifications, ICMP has collected almost 87,931 blood samples from relatives of the victims, which represent almost 28,964 missing individuals. ICMP has also received 43,729 bone samples from mortal remains of persons recovered from mass graves in the region."
Furthermore, the ICMP's DNA analysis supports 8,100 killed: "The overall high matching rate between DNA extracted from these bone and blood samples leads ICMP to support an estimate of close to 8,100 individuals missing from the fall of Srebrenica.