The documentary ‘Sarajevo Safari’, by the Slovenian Miran Zupanic, which premiered this year, has been arousing several reactions from both the Bosnian people and the international community, as it portrays the story of wealthy foreigners who paid to kill civilians in positions of Republic Serbian Army snipers in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the 1990s.
These foreigners killed 225 people, including 60 children, according to data from the Institute for the Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law at the University of Sarajevo.
The film has not only been criticized, but is being investigated by the Bosnian justice system. At the same time, the testimony of former American sailor John Jordan, who was in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war, is recalled. To the Hague Court, Jordan revealed that there were unknown people from other countries who were “tourist shooters”, reports the Sarajevo Times.
“On several occasions, I saw individuals who fit this profile when I visited the Serbian firefighters in Grbavica,” commented the former sailor when testifying at the trial of Dragomir Milosevic, accused of bombing civilians and residential areas.
Edin Subasic, a retired Bosnian army officer, recalled the first time he learned about paying foreigners to target Bosnian civilians. “This case was special because they were not mercenaries who were paid to be on the side of the Serbian Army, but foreign civilians who had nothing to do with our war, but who, for their own reasons, paid to hit the targets. citizens of Sarajevo”, he recalled, adding: “When we look at the essence of the motif, it was a safari with people, a completely new phenomenon”.
In light of the allegations, a spokesperson for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces clarified that “an internal prosecutor has been appointed in the Special War Crimes Department, who in the coming period, together with partner institutions and agencies, will take the necessary steps to verify the report’s allegations.