ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN KNOWS CANADA WAS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BOSNIAN – SERB CONFLICT…AND HERE WE ARE AGAIN GOING AFTER PEOPLE WHO LIVED THEIR LIVES DEFENDING THEMSELVES FROM ISLAMIC ENCROACHMENT AND ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT COME WITH IT…
Accused war criminal lied to officials to enter Canada
Branko Rogan says he was ‘scared’ he and his young family would not be accepted if he disclosed he was reserve officer at Yugoslavian jail
Photograph by: ODD ANDERSEN, AFP/Getty Images
Alleged war criminal Branko Rogan admitted to the RCMP back in 1998 that he lied to Canadian officials about working at a notorious jail where Muslim prisoners were beaten and tortured.
In a videotaped interview played in Federal Court on Monday, Rogan said he was worried he would not have been allowed to come to Canada if he disclosed that he was a reserve police officer in 1992 at the jail in Bileca, in the former Yugoslavia.
“I was scared that they will not accept me,” Rogan told RCMP Insp. Paul Richards, then with the war crimes section in Ottawa.
Rogan said he was desperate to get out of the region with his wife and three small children.
“I was there with no food, my children had nothing to eat. I had to go somewhere,” Rogan said in Croatian to another officer who translated for Richards.
The Canadian government is attempting to revoke Rogan’s citizenship, claiming it was fraudulently obtained because Rogan lied about where he was living when the war broke out, as well as his position as a jail guard.
He is challenging the revocation in the Federal Court in a Vancouver hearing that began last week.
Rogan has not attended the case so far, but is expected to come next week to tell his story.
The allegations against him were spelled out in detail during the 90-minute interview at the Burnaby RCMP detachment on Oct. 7, 1998.
Rogan told Richards he knew some Bosnian Muslims living in B.C. had made allegations against him.
“Those neighbours of mine -Muslims -I knew this was going to happen. They were looking at me every day on the street and threatening me -‘How come a Serb is here?'” Rogan said. “I should be accusing, not them.”
He told Richards that he did work for just 15 days at the jail where Muslim political prisoners were held, but did not participate in any beatings or torture sessions.
He acknowledged, however, that he had heard that beatings were taking place at two separate jails in Bileca.
Richards told Rogan he had information that “some Muslims were tortured with electricity.”
Rogan replied: “I heard that.” But he denied reserve police had anything to do with it.
“The reserve police were just in the hallways,” Rogan said. “The regular police were the ones interrogating these Muslims in those rooms.”
Rogan said that while he heard about the torture: “I never saw it.”
Richards told Rogan he had travelled all over the world interviewing former prisoners in Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria about their allegations against Rogan and others who had been working at the detention centres in the summer of 1992.
Last week, two men from Sweden testified in Vancouver that they had been beaten and tortured at the Bileca jail and saw Rogan calling out prisoners to be taken away for the brutal assaults. And two Vancouver brothers who were also detained in Bileca for being Muslims told Federal Court Judge Anne MacTavish that Rogan was there and participated in the beatings.
Rogan denied to Richards that he ever struck anyone while working as a guard.
“If these Muslims want to tell the truth, they can say how many letters I brought them from their wives, how many times I gave them things to eat,” Rogan said, adding that he also gave them their medicine and even alcohol their wives provided.
Richards asked Rogan who was giving the orders to guards at the jails to beat and torture Muslims.
“Nobody was forced to beat Muslims, but there were people who did it, but nobody had to do that, nobody forced nobody,” he said. “There wasn’t an order for that.”
Richards informed Rogan he was under investigation for war crimes and Rogan called his lawyer from the interrogation room. He then told the RCMP his lawyer had advised him to go home and say nothing, but that he wanted to set the record straight about what happened.
“My lawyer told me not to say anything, but I will say because it is the truth and because I wish to tell that,” Rogan said.
The hearing continues.
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