Bosnia: Serbs were burned alive in Zenica Ironworks furnaces

Sarajevo – “ A significant number of Serbian inmates, who were held in Zenica Penitentiary by Bosnian Muslim forces, were burned in furnaces of Zenica Ironworks,”  reveals the report of the Mission of the Conference for Security and Cooperation of Europe (CSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  September 1992.

The documents proving monstrous crimes against Serbs was handed over to Prosecutor’s office by FBiH Vice President Mirsad Kebo along with thousands of other evidence of monstrous crimes committed against Serbian population of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The five  – pavilion camp for Serbs in Zenica existed from 1992, until the end of the war. The report of the CSCE, among other things, states that at the time of the Mission there were about 2000 imprisoned Serbs.

The main task of the European mission was to observe the situation in terms of human rights in prisons, concentration camps and detention centres throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mission of the CSCE states that they were not able to visit all the camps but only some of them, and after what they saw ‘they believe that the camp authorities have bad treatment of prisoners.’


– We witnessed beating, we saw the wounds, fractures and other injuries of prisoners. We believe that many of them were brutally murdered. The prisoners we spoke to were scared and often refused to give us a detailed description of the crimes, but many still gave signals of what they’ we been subject to – the report says.

The report was submitted to the headquarters of the CSCE in Prague. The Mission was led by Englishman John Thomson and his assistants were US Ambassador Kenneth Blackwell and a group of internationally recognized experts in the fields of law, medicine and politics.

In 2015, the report was a part of evidence related to war crimes against Serbs submitted by Mirsad Kebo,  Vice President of the Federation and it’s believed it will result in expand of the list of those responsible for the atrocities against Serbs in Bosnia.

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‘ Significant Number of Serbian inmates, who were held in the Penitentiary Zenica by Bosnian Muslim forces, were burned in blast furnaces  of Zenica Ironworks,” – Mirsad Kebo

Kebo explained that last Saturday night one of his associates was given new evidence of crimes against Serbs.

In 1992, Raspotocje, Drivusha, Mutnica, Perin Han, Mommy, and other villages and hamlets located on the right bank of the river Bosnia in Zenica municipality, inhabited by Serbian population, were subject to frontal attack. From 5-6. June 1992, several thousand members of  Muslim armed forces carried out the attack.

Majority of these soldiers were recruited from the Zenica area. The attack against Serbian villages was planned and led by Muslim-Croatian headquarters of the ‘Territorial Defence of Zenica’.  During the aggression more Serbs were killed and wounded, meanwhile, more than 500 were taken to the Zenica camp;, where they were subjected to daily harassment, beatings, abuse, rape, material and moral blackmail and murder”.

Some of the victims

1. Radovan (Milan) Babic, born 1962.
2. Stana (Luka) Zorota-Lukic, 1942.
3. Rado Bajic
4. Petko Milic, 1957.
5. Obren Milovic, 1955.
6. Bogdan (Mladjen) Karaca, 1943.
7. Slavko (Pero) Lekic, 1961.
8. Tihomir (Mile) Djukic, 1959.
9. Tomislav (Mihailo) Djukic, 1934.
10. Milorad (Prokopije) Zekanovic, 1946.
11. Risto Hrvac
12. Ana Misura, 1952.

Known members of the ‘Territorial Defence of Zenica’ responsible for the murder of the above-listed persons:

1. Sisic Siradj, from Zenica BiH army commander

2. Kelestura, name unknown,  from Gornja Vraca, former Yugoslav army officer, commander of Muslim forces from the left bank of the river Bosna.

3. Beslo Mujcin, Zenica military police commander

4. Boncina Branko, Slovenian mercenary Bosnian Muslim territorial defence commander.

5. Strika Mirsad, Judge of the Zenica military court

6. Huseinspahic  Dzemal, from Gnjusi,  Zenica.

7. Huseinspahic Kemal, from Gnjusi, Zenica.

8. Huseinspahic Mehmed, Gnjusi Zenica.

All Serbian mobile property was plundered, taken away,  destroyed and burned. Serbian Orthodox church was damaged, and some graves in the Orthodox cemetery mined.



Documentation Data collection Committee documentation,  info no: 283 / 94-9, 293 / 95-28. SOURCE: Milivoje Ivanisevic