Author: V. Z. Cvijić | 11.03.2009 - 09:13 (article link)
Rotterdam – The State prosecution of Rotterdam launched investigation against 13 Dutch citizens suspected to have committed crimes against Serbian civilians and prisoners in the action called ‘Medacki dzep’ in the villages near Gospic, Croatia in the year of 1993. These 13 people were members of Croatian army.
The investigation has been launched on the basis of testimonies given by Serbs that survived the crime and statements given by Canadian soldiers from the UN contingent that entered Medacki dzep after the attack.
The investigation revealed that the late Johan Tilder of the Town of Enkhauzen in Holland was commander of the 9th Croatian brigade stationed in Gospic that took part in operations in Medacki dzep. According to the witnesses, Tilder with several other men was torturing a man whose eyes were dug out. Some of the suspected Dutch citizens also spoke about his crimes. The suspected Raymond van der L said that Tilder told him about operations at Medacki dzep. Van der L was a member of Croatian army and is living in Zagreb today.
Serbia war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic says for ‘Blic’ to support efforts being made by colleagues in Holland.
‘That shall certainly help in the process of facing with the past and reconciliation in the countries of former Yugoslavia’, Vukcevic said.
Croatian forces began on September 9, 1993 a military operation in the villages around Gospic – Divoselo, Pocitelj and Licki Citluk that lasted until September 17. In that operation 88 Serbs were killed, 42 of them were civilians. Many of the bodies were massacred and it was obvious that the victims were tortured. The investigation showed that some women were raped and that some civilians were burnt in fire while closed in their houses. Prisoners were tied to vehicles and dragged around.
Each year Croatia celebrates ‘the anniversary of military operation Medaci dzep as defense of Gospic from aggression’!