On the morning of 17 July 1995, while at the Engineering Company’s headquarters, Damjan Lazarević was ordered by Bogičević and Sekonojić to go to the Branjevo Military Farm, where a pit was to be dug to bury the bodies of those killed. Lazarević was informed that people from the Zvornik public utility company would assist in loading the bodies. Cvijetin Ristanović was then ordered by Lazarević to load the “BGH–700” excavator onto a Labudica trailer and to prepare to go to the farm.
On 21 March 1996, the US government released to the public a number of aerial photographs that showed a large number of bodies lying on the field near the Branjevo Military Farm on 17 July 1995.
At 6:15 a.m. on 17 July, Krstić called the Zvornik Brigade asking for news on the Zvornik area. After being told by Trbić that everything was under control and that there were no problems, Krstić asked: “have you killed the Turks up there?” Trbić replied: “Well, I guess you got the report. What more can I tell you? […] Basically, we did.” Krstić then asked to be put through to Pandurević who informed Krstić that there were no changes with respect to the report he had previously sent, adding that “we’ll probably finish this today”. At 8:59 a.m., upon being asked by Cerović for a follow-up to the interim combat report about the column sent the day before by Pandurević, Trbić replied that it was not done yet. An intercepted conversation from 9:50 a.m. between two unknown individuals, recorded a discussion on the operations against the column, stating that: “There are many of them. They started a breakthrough yesterday and our men tried to block. They blocked them off and opened fire on them, but it’s a living mass […] [and] you just can’t kill them all, there are so many of them.
From 17 July until at least 2 August 1995, Bosnian Serb Forces carried out extensive searches of the Bratunac and Zvornik areas to destroy straggling parts of the column.
The Indictment refers to the killing in late July or early August 1995 of six Bosnian Muslim “men and boys” from Srebrenica near the town of Trnovo. Trnovo is located in the southeast of BiH in the Sarajevo region, approximately 85 kilometres southwest of Srebrenica. In 1995, the so-called Scorpions unit was based in Ðeletovci, in the then-RSK, and was commanded by Slobodan Medić, a.k.a. “Boca”. It was composed of approximately 250 members, divided in two companies, and operated under the authority of the Serbian MUP. In early July 1995, before the takeover of Srebrenica, a company of the Scorpions unit— composed of approximately 150 men divided in three platoons—commanded by Medić was deployed from Ðeletovci to Trnovo for a three week operation. On the way to Trnovo, the unit entered Serbia, and was escorted by the SDB to the border crossing with BiH, where it continued until stopping at Jahorina.18764 After a couple of days, all but a few of the Scorpions’ members who had arrived in Jahorina left for Trnovo. Upon reaching Trnovo, the Scorpions participated in combat operations as part of the joint VRS and MUP forces operating on the Sarajevo front. The Chamber recalls that on 10 July 1995, a part of these joint forces was detached and sent to the Srebrenica sector under Borovčanin’s command, while another part, including the Scorpions unit, stayed behind. During the operation in Trnovo, two members of the Scorpions were ordered by Medić to take a bus and a TAM truck and go to Srebrenica to assist in transporting Bosnian Muslim male detainees. The Scorpions transported multiple groups of Bosnian Muslim males who had been detained in Srebrenica. At some point, a “final group” of six Bosnian Muslim men from Srebrenica was brought to the Scorpions command post. Medić ordered that these men be killed. Slobodan Stojković, a member of the Scorpions, was ordered by Medić to film the execution. The six men were driven in a truck to an isolated spot four or five kilometres from the command post. While in the truck, a member of the Scorpions kicked one of the men in the head. The men, whose hands were tied, were unloaded and made to lie on the side of the road, while being insulted by some of the eight members of the Scorpions who were present at the side of the road. The Bosnian Muslim men were subsequently led into a forest clearing containing two abandoned cottages. Four of the men were forced to walk forward one by one and were shot multiple times with automatic rifles by two members of the Scorpions. The remaining two men were untied and ordered to carry the dead into the forest. These two men were then laid on the floor of one of the abandoned houses and shot multiple times with automatic rifles by one of the same individuals who shot the first four detainees. The remains of the six men were exhumed in 1999 from the Gođinjske Bare gravesite near Trnovo, and identified by DNA analysis. All six men had been reported as missing or dead after the fall of Srebrenica The Chamber finds that, following the fall of Srebrenica, members of the Scorpions killed six Bosnian Muslim males from Srebrenica near the town of Trnovo.