In an interview for Gerila Info, Ozren Perduv, one of the most recognizable activists of “Justice for David”, talks about his view of the latest activities of the Banja Luka District Prosecutor’s Office, which has launched several investigations into the murder of David Dragicevic. Perduv believes that these are dishonest investigations aimed at preparing witnesses for possible investigations by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also claims that the climate in the city has changed after the change of the city government, but also that they still have an extremely bad relationship with the Banja Luka police.
In the last month, some trials have begun regarding the murder of David Dragicevic, Djordje Radjen was questioned as a suspect for preventing evidence, and the Banja Luka Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened a new investigation against Alen Kukic from Banja Luka, who is also charged with preventing evidence. How do you view these processes?
For me, it’s all the most common farce. Why is the “prosecutor” Dalibor Vrećo doing it now what he could have done three years ago? Ifet Feraget said what this is about. Dalibor Vreco is preparing Radjen and Kukić for their testimony before the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. That “prosecutor” should withdraw from the Dragicevic case, leave it to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina and prepare for the trial that will be conducted against him as well, and it concerns the cover-up of the murder of David Dragucevic. I deeply believe that this process will take place.
In both cases, the acting prosecutor is Dalibor Vrećo, how do you comment on that?
Dalobor Vrećo is not only in these cases. He was also the acting prosecutor after the criminal charges against Inspector Siniša Kojdić. The criminal charges were filed by crime technicians from the Republika Srpska Interior Ministry, accusing Kojdic of ordering them to throw away David’s underwear. In that procedure, Dalibor Vrećo made a decision not to conduct an investigation! In addition, the same Dalibor Vrećo filed an indictment against the mentioned crime technicians for throwing David’s underwear. The trial is finally starting in a few days, but we will see what will happen and in which direction it will go. There does not appear to be any prosecutor other than Dalibor Vreca who could deal with cases related to the murder of David Dragicevic. Instead of deviating from these objects alone, ie. to request a personal exemption from those cases, he continues to be a part of all that after all that has been said on his account, first of all by the parents of the murdered David Dragicevic and their lawyer, Mr. Feraget. Who would have a motive to do that and why? I think the answer is self-evident.
Lawyer Ifet Feraget recently filed an amendment to the criminal charges against Dragan Lukač, Darko Ćulum and Darko Ilić on behalf of Davor Dragičević. Do you expect work on the case in the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH?
We are now looking only at the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We hope that Dragicevic will take over the case completely. They are our only hope that things will start to move from the dead point. The concrete moves of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the case of the murder of Dženan Memić also give us hope. We expect to be arrested in Banja Luka as soon as possible. The list of those who should be deprived of their liberty is long. It is no longer just a criminal offense of aggravated murder, but also organized crime, which aimed to cover up that aggravated murder, and we justifiably suspect that members of the police, prosecutor’s office and medical experts participated in that organized crime. It is up to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to shed light on all of the above.
Justice for David recently marked the anniversaries of the murder of David Dragicevic and a conference at the Banja Luka Police Department. What is your relationship with the police in Banja Luka today and what is your relationship with the city authorities today?
Our relationship with the police is non-existent, but we are not responsible for such a situation. We are the people who are in this story for the sake of truth and justice, and by the authorities, that is. we received persecution, repression and discrimination from the police, all of which were confirmed by court rulings. The police, which should protect the citizens and their rights and freedoms given by the Constitution, are the first to abolish and take away all of the above. Wherever they appeared there was a riot. That is why we often call them organs of disorder. We have initiated criminal charges against a large number of police officers, and investigations are already being conducted against them, and we are also expecting indictments. They thought that they would scare us and that we would withdraw, but unfortunately for them, that did not happen. We go to the end. We do not forgive police violence. Let that be clear to everyone. As for our relationship with the city authorities, I can state today that our relationship is more than correct. The climate in the city has definitely changed. It breathes easier and more freely. We had no relationship with the last city administration. The then communal police did everything to destroy our work and our actions by which we keep the memories of the tragedy, that is. a crime that happened in our city. But their time is up. Today, the situation is completely different and I am personally happy that it is so. The doors of the City Administration are open to us and we have correct and fair cooperation with the Mayor of Banja Luka.
Do you suffer pressure in any way because of your activism?
The only pressures that I suffered together with my comrades-in-arms are pressures from the police – constant identification, calls for informative conversations, arrests, trials and the like. I really didn’t tolerate other pressures.