Report: Serbs Kill Bosnian Deputy Prime Minister, Horrifying Number of Bosniak Women and Children Raped
9 January 1993.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Serb gunmen fatally shot Bosnian Deputy Prime Minister Hakija Turajlic at a roadblock in Sarajevo on Friday, the Bosnian mission said.
Earlier, it was reported that he was detained by Serb rebels on a stretch of road supposedly under U.N. control outside the Bosnian capital. The Serb roadblock violates an agreement with U.N. forces.
Sanela Mujadzic, a secretary at the Bosnian mission, said the U.N. convoy in which Turajlic was riding was stopped by two Serbian tanks, and he was taken from his vehicle and shot.
He had been traveling from the Sarajevo airport, where he had met a visiting Turkish official, said an aide to Turajlic, Munib Usanovic, in Sarajevo.
Ms. Mujadzic said that her office had been informed of the killing by Bosnian Vice President Ejup Gabic. Turajlic’s body had been taken to U.N. headquarters in the capital, she added.
The shooting comes at a pivotal point in negotiations to end almost nine months of war in Bosnia. Fighting began when Bosnian Serbs resisted a move by majority Bosniaks and Croats to break away from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.
Meanwhile, a report says thousands of women have been raped, some in “particularly sadistic ways as to inflict maximum humiliation,” as part of Serbian strategy to force Muslims to flee Bosnia.
Preliminary findings of the European Community investigation said it had received information “strongly suggesting that many women, and more particularly children, may have died during or after rape.”
A copy of the confidential four page report to the governments of the 12 community nations was made available Thursday to The Associated Press by diplomatic sources on condition of anonymity.
The findings were based on interviews with refugees and international aid organizations in Croatia, the former Yugoslav state that borders Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in Geneva. The investigating team led by Dame Anne Warburton of Britain did not travel to Bosnia but intends to, possibly next week.
The report said the general view of those it interviewed “was that a horrifying number of Muslim women had suffered rape and that this was continuing.”
The investigation was prompted by Bosnian allegations that thousands of women had been raped by Serbs as part of a systematic plan to drive Muslims from their land.
“Overall the delegation accepted the view that rape is part of a pattern of abuse, usually perpetrated with the conscious intention of demoralizing and terrorizing communities, driving them from their home regions and demonstrating the power of the invading forces,” the report said.