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Fazlić: Remains encased in concrete under the fountain in Brčko belong to victims of the Srebrenica genocide

SARAJEVO, January 30 (FENA) – Spokesperson for the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emza Fazlić, said in an interview with FENA that the remains of the victims of the past war, that were found encased in concrete under a fountain in the yard of a private house in Brčko, belong to two victims of the genocide committed in Srebrenica in 1995.

She reminded that the said remains were brought to Brčko in 1997 by doctor Nebojša Mraović, after which he studied them and used them in his practice until the end of 2012 when they were hidden and encased in concrete under the fountain that is located in the yard of his family house in Brčko.

Fazlić notes that the case was reported to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina by witnesses who knew about the remains that the doctor allegedly brought from hunting and that an exhumation was then scheduled, during which the remains were found.

According to her, DNA analysis has determined that these remains belong to two victims of the genocide committed in Srebrenica.

Fazlić says that these victims disappeared in the summer of 1995 in the area of Zapolje in Vlasenica. Their incomplete remains were exhumed three years after, according to witnesses, the doctor found these bones while hunting and took a part of them.

She said that in both cases the remains were found on the surface of the field in Cerska, “so according to this, it turns out that Mraović found the remains on the surface of the field and took one part of them and possessed them all these years, while other parts of the skeletons of the same victims were found and identified in later years”.

”Although in previous cases we have found the remains of victims on private plots, in private yards, it has never been recorded that the owners of those plots knew that the remains were there, and especially not that they hid them in their yard and then covered them with concrete under a fountain,” points out Fazlić.

Fazlić reminds that the remains of another 400 victims of the genocide committed in Srebrenica await the reexhumation process, that is, the addition of subsequently found parts of the skeleton, which must be done in the coming period.