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Backup material on Serbian concentration camps in Bosnia

Rough footage filmed by ITN teams and available on YouTube:

Srpski logori smrti - Prijedor
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The Serbian camera team's footage

The film produced by RTS (Serbian Television) and Jared Israel's Serb-apologist
"Judgment! The Bosnian 'Death Camp' Accusation: An Expose" Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Dr. Idriz Merdzanic's four interviews

A comparison of Dr. Merdzanic's four different interviews offers a useful insight into the truthfulness with which conditions at the camp were reported by Serb and British media.

The first two interviews are given on the same day, 5 August 1992, to the two teams filming at Trnopolje, the British team and the RTS crew that was "by chance" filming at Omarska and Trnopolje at the same time.  There is another interview with Penny Marshall during her return visit to Trnopolje a week later, and an interview with a Channel 4 Dispatches team in 1993, at an anonymous but apparently unthreatening location.

Merdzanic's interview to the RTS crew is featured in the film "Judgment," jointly produced by RTS and The relevant section is at 2:25 minutes into Part 2.
The commentary describes how "The refugee centre at Trnopolje included a medical facility. The RTS and ITN crews interviewed a Dr. [garbled version of Merdzanic's name], a Muslim doctor there."  The Serb interviewer asks [English subtitles]  "Did anyone die here?"  An anxious-appearing Merdzanic answers "Yes, just as we came, an old man, he was old and sick."  The reporter asks, "Not because there was no medicine." and Merdzanic answers "No, but all hospitals in the area lack antibiotics and medicine. It's a problem in the entire area not just here". The voiceover then advises the viewer "While you're watching this film bear in mind that these pictures - the interviews with refugees, the Muslim doctor, and so on would suggest a humane refugee centre functioning under difficult conditions - were never shown by the ITN news station in Britain and keep in mind that this refugee centre is the place that ITN portrayed as a death camp."
(This is the film referred to by Herman and Peterson in which the RTS crew and the joint producers ignore the emaciated individuals visible with Alic in the prisoners' enclosure at Trnopolje as they film the ITN crew filming; it's the film that edits out the gaunt, haunted inmates seen in the ITN film  from its footage in the canteen at Omarska and makes no reference to the fact that the film crews were refused access to other parts of the camp.)

Interviewed the same day by Penny Marshall in front of the TV crew's "Serb hosts," Merdzanic appears nervous and unable to speak openly.  Off camera he gives her the roll of secretly-taken photographs to smuggle out of the camp. At 5:20 minutes into Srpski logor smrti - Prijedor 4.

In his second interview with Marshall, when she visits a week later, after conditions have markedly improved following the international furor, Marshall shows Merdzanic UK press coverage and in particular she points out a photograph on the inside page of one of the newspapers she has brought from the smuggled film. The difference in Dr. Merdzanic's demeanor is noticeable. At 2:30 minutes into Srpski logori smrti - Prijedor 6.

In the final interview, given to Ed Harriman's 1993 Channel 4 Dispatches film "A Town called Kozarac" (end of part 3, and beginning of part 4), Merdzanic says "I took the photos so I could prove the truth about the camp if ever I got the chance to."  The subject of one of the photographs, which looks like the picture pointed to by Marshall, is also interviewed.  He is identified as Nedzad Jakupovic, a survivor and witness of atrocities at Omarska, who confirms that he was beaten at Trnopolje and says that he probably owes his life to Dr. Merdzanic.

More of Dr. Merdzanic's evidence is available in a transcript of the evidence he gave to the trial of Milomir Stakic, mayor of Prijedor, at the ICTY. Sept 10 and Sept 11, 2002 (pages 7715-774). (Word documents)

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