Montenegro Arrests Serbian Wartime General


20 Jul 15
Montenegro Arrests Serbian Wartime General

Montenegrin police arrested general Borislav Djukic on a warrant issued by Zagreb accusing him of involvement in blowing up a dam during the 1991-95 war in Croatia.

Dusica Tomovic

Djukic giving evidence at the Hague Tribunal. Photo: ICTY.

Montenegrin police said on Sunday that retired general Borislav Djukic was arrested at the airport in the Montenegrin resort town of Tivat as he was about to get on a plane to Belgrade.

The police said that Djukic, a Serbian citizen aged 67, was arrested for criminal offences against humanity.

“After a hearing at the High Court in Podgorica, the judge ordered Djukic’s extradition detention,” they said in a statement.

Djukic, the wartime commander of the 221st Motorised Brigade of the 9th Knin Corps of the Yugoslav People’s Army, is accused of mining the Peruca dam near the Croatian town of Sinj on January 28, 1993.

The dam was blown up but workers from the hydropower plant managed to prevent its complete destruction, which would have endangered the lives of more than 50,000 inhabitants of the towns of Sinj, Trilj and Omis.

Djukic was also the deputy commander of the rebel Croatian Serbs’ Army of Serbian Krajina, and a defence witness at the Hague Tribunal trials of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, Milan Martic.

The main pro-Serbian opposition party in Montenegro, NOVA, said on Sunday that Djukic’s arrest was “scandalous”.

“Djukic shouldn’t have come to Montenegro. He was probably taken in by the story of how the Montenegrin authorities are friendly towards Serbia and the Serbian people,” the party said in a statement.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)