Rožić Roka: I will kill Milan Levar when I get the green light

In 1998, the Croatian government pledged in April from the ICTY to protect Milan Levar as a potential witness to war crimes, since he testified in The Hague in 1997. Milan Levar’s security was to be personally monitored by Željko Sačić, Assistant Minister of the Interior for Criminal Police. In both published police documents, the contents of which Sačić was familiar with, Ivica Rožić Roka talks about his plans to kill Milan Levar.

 

On November 4, 2004, the “Feral Tribune” published two official documents of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior which recount the conversations of police officers with Ivica Rožic Roka from Gospić, suspected of involvement in the 2000 murder of Milan Levar.

These documents were created in 1999, a year before Levar was killed. In 1998, the Croatian government pledged in April from the ICTY to protect Milan Levar as a potential witness to war crimes, since he testified in The Hague in 1997.

Milan Levar’s security was to be personally monitored by Željko Sačić, Assistant Minister of the Interior for Criminal Police. In both published police documents, the contents of which Sačić was familiar with, Ivica Rožić Roka talks about his plans to kill Milan Levar.

The Croatian government has committed itself to protecting Milan Levar, and although the police have knowledge of the preparations for the murder of a Gospić witness, it has done nothing to prevent it.

“Feral” paid more attention to the first police document made by crime police officer Stipo Novaković in March 1999. Here is a translation of the entire second document, made in September 1999. Feral gave only a small portion of it. This document shows that Ivica Rožić Roka knew he was under the surveillance of Assistant Minister for Criminal Police Željko Sačić, and announces Levar’s murder, which happened not a year later.

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Official secret – top secret

Made on 24 September 1999. year, in Department for terrorism suppressing of MUP (Ministry for internal affairs), on the occasion of published conversation with Rožić Ivica, son of Stjepan, born on 16th January 1962 in Gospić, 14 Budačka Street, retired member of SIS (Military counterintelligence service), 9th guard brigade, which was published on 20th of September 1999 in Gospić. The conversation was about circumstances of his knowledge of placed mines on Gospić area, about which he said the following.

That he, on earlier made informational conversation, said everything he knew about mines and mine-explosive devices, and that was the truth, proved the fact that since April till today not one explosive device has exploded on area of Lika-Senj county. During the previous conversation he said that he knew for several placed mines on Kosinj area, which he placed himself, and he said that because showing of that mine places was his condition for retirement, for precaution, because he was afraid of what might have happened with him after that previous conversation. Further, he said that the fact was that he knew about existence of unmarked mine field, made of anti-infantry mines in Kosinj, and he found out about that mine field from a map he found in one Serbian house, together with some notebook. In the notebook was written what kind of mines were there and who brought the mines in Kosinj. Mines were brought by soldiers of ex JNA (Yugoslav army), an officer whose name was Čad, and mines were placed by Serbs from Kosinj. On that map was marked the area on which were the mines, and that was a hill which separated Croatian part of settlement from Serbian part, the side of the hill which led to Serbian houses, in the direction from Gornji Kosinj to Lipovo polje. Beginning of the mine field was in direction of crossroad in Gornji Kosinj, on which were the police point. There was no further cognition about mines.

Ivica Rožić Roka, Markica Rebić and Željko Sačić
Markica Rebić, former head of the Military counterintelligence service, and Željko Sačić, former assistant minister of criminal police.

Further he said that this summer, after he got retired, together with three members of 9th guard brigade, who were also retired, he organized celebration on Baške Oštarije. On that celebration was present general Mirko Norac, several officers of SIS (Military counterintelligence serivce in which Tihomir Orešković worked, suspected of ordering Levar’s murder, note: ž.p.), several military officers from Headquarters of Croatian Army. 

Then one officer from Headquarters said that he prohibited him any conversations with the police and anyone who is connected with police and general Norac told him that he wouldn’t allow that somebody plays games with his people.

Also one officer from Headquarters (didn’t want to say his name) told him that for his retirement was meritorious strictly general Mirko Norac and that on some meeting where was discussed his retirement, against the retirement was Željko Sačić, assistant of minister for internal affairs, and that he was imputing him “all against”.

He also said that on that occasion they were retelling him what was talking about on the meetings in Gospić in March and April of this year.

Further he said that he was prohibited to talk with the police, because he might be delivered in Haag, and he thought it wasn’t right, because everything he was doing during the war, he did for welfare of Croatia and with knowledge of superiors.

He mentioned that before action “Medački džep” (Medak pocket) came in Gospic deceased minister Gojko Šušak and told them that would be good to be less Serbs on that area, which he understood they should be killed or sent away, so added, I quote: “Why Sačić behave as he is crazy, he was also here and he knows everything what was going on here and why”, ended quotation. Some things “was done” by Rožić, some others, and some things “were done” by specialists and we all know that.

He said that he participated himself in preparation of plans for action “Medački džep” and added that he conducted defining of attacks and leaving corridor for Serbs so that they could escape. Also, he said that he was placing mines by order in Serbian houses in Gospić and around houses and made it so it looked like attack on Gospić, to show European observers that Serbs were breaking the truce.

Ivica Rožić, Milan Levar i Ibrahim Suljkanović
Ibrahim Suljkanović and Milan Levar on Ugljan (August 1999), where Ibrahim was hiding in clinic for alcoholism, so that Ivica Rožić Roka don’t find him.

In fear of going to Haag, he said that he planned several times how to commit murder of Milan Levar, who went to Haag as a witness. He thought how to poison him with some strong poison by putting on his fields poison in potatoes, or simply wait for him somewhere and kill him and throw his body in one of ditches on Velebit.

He also said, in earlier conversation, he mentioned possibility to collect out of Serbian graves human bones and throw it somewhere on Velebit and to blow up that area, and then send to Levar an anonymous report that on that place are the bones of Serbs disappeared in 1991, so that Levar kills himself in mine field when he comes on that place.

He said that several days before from one old wooden house, which was across Levar’s apartment, he was observing how he could kill him through window, when he was in apartment, with shotgun.

Nevertheless, he said that for Levar’s liquidation still has no “green light”.

He also said that, as a potential ICTY’s witness, was dangerous Siniša Glušac from Vrhovine, who was main Levar’s trump card, as he thought. He says that this summer, one day (doesn’t remember the date) he had an idea to kill Suljkanović Ibrahim. Namely, he was in front of his house in Budačka Street and spotted Suljkanović in front of the house as he was going down the Budačka Street and stopping cars. He decided to kill him and set in his car to get on the Budačka Street and give a ride to Suljkanović, kill him and take his body somewhere on Velebit and get rid of the body, but when he wanted to get out of the yard, he couldn’t , because someone parked on his car entrance, so he gave up. He wanted to kill Suljkanović because he, together with Levar was giving statements to journalists of Globus (to me, ž.p.) about some actions from the war.

Then he said that he, during the war, took away lots of people, who were never seen again, their relatives maybe even now think that they escaped to Serbia, but they are dead. He added that he killed most of them with the wooden stick in head, and then took the bodies on Velebit and threw the bodies into the ditches or left on the ground covering with pine branches. Pine branches neutralize smells and worms eat body very quickly, so in very short time there are left only bones. He said he was working smartly, and he was not a fool like “Bušo” (Bušljeta), who threw bodies near road, as he threw those two bodies on Takalica. He says that his health is in bad condition, he can’t sleep and that he takes every day big number of tablets. He often becomes very aggressive and irritated, and several times every day he thinks of suicide. Not rarely, on moments, he loses memory, and he can’t remember anything.

He feels bettered on invalid’s commission from Rijeka, which refused his demand for acknowledging of disability, with explanation that his diagnosis of PTS (Post Traumatically Syndrome) is not result of the war.

He also spoke very negatively about Ivan Tomljenović, former deputy of chief of Lika-Senj county police, whom he believed the most, till recently. He said that before the war Tomljenović had one pair of horses and nothing else, and he became rich in the war so much that he owned several houses on the shore, several firms, several apartments and shops in Zagreb, factory for meat processing and so on, and all that thanks to his cousin who worked in MUP.

He remembered that he with his formation, once in 1991., on Baške Oštarije fell into mine fields, into trip mines, which were placed by Tomljenović, and added that he was no good Croat and that he always cooperated with Serbs.

Later he said that he was placing different kinds of mines on different places and in different ways, but he has never been placing mines under cars and that he would research that then, how to put mine on the best way under a car, to explode when a car starts. On question why he needs that, he said that you can never know.[/box]

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