Štrpci Railway Station, Rudo

Location: Štrpci, Rudo

Importance of the locality:

On 27 February 1993, from train No. 671 on the Belgrade – Bar line that stopped in Štrpci, members of the Osvetnici paramilitary formation abducted twenty non-Serb passengers that they then killed in Mušići and threw their bodies into Lake Perućac, which is located in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The victims were citizens of Prijepolje, Bijelo Polje, Belgrade and Podgorica. The oldest was 59 and the youngest 16 years old. To date, the remains of only four victims have been found.

Entity: Republika Srpska

Ethnic group: Bosniaks, Croats

Area that victims came from: Bijelo Polje, Prijepolje and Podgorica, Montenegro and Beograd, Serbia

Responsibility: "Osvetnici" paramilitary unit from Višegrad and VRS, First Battalion, Second Podrinje Brigade

Court trials:

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina convicted seven former members of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), sentencing them to a total of 91 years in prison for their part in the abduction of 20 civilians from the train in Štrpci, who were killed in the Višegrad area on 27 February 1993. Obrad and Novak Poluga, Petko Inđić, Radojica Ristić, Dragan Šekarić, Oliver Krsmanović and Miodrag Mitrašinović were convicted in the first instance and sentenced to 13 years in prison each for the killing of 20 civilians taken from the train on the Belgrade – Bar line, while Dragičević was acquitted of the charge of having ordered the abduction of the civilians as commander of the Second Podrinje Brigade of Višegrad.
At the start of 2020, the Court of BiH raised an indictment against Milan Lukić for the crime in Štrpci.
Nebojša Ranisavljević was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Montenegro.
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina convicted Boban Inđić and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for his part in the abduction of civilians from the train in Štrpci in February 1993 and their killing in the area of Višegrad.
The High Court in Belgrade delivered a first-instance judgement on 7 February 2023, sentencing the accused Gojko Lukić, Duško Vasiljević and Jovan Lipovac to 10 years in prison each, while Dragana Đekić was sentenced to five years in prison for the abduction of passengers from the train in Štrpci, the abuse, torture and killing of 20 non-Serb civilians on 27 February 1993.

Commemorations: Annual commemorations are held in Prijepolje and Bijelo Polje at the memorials to the victims.

Data source: Court of BiH, Court of Montenegro, High Court in Belgrade

Marked and photographed: 28.10.2023


Updated: 13.12.2023

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