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English12/07/2019

RECONSTRUCTED CHURCH DEDICATED TO KILLED SERBIAN BOYS CONSECRATED

 

KONJIC, July 12 /SRNA/ - His Grace Bishop of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral Dimitrije consecrated on Friday the reconstructed Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Konjic village of Borci.

 

The church was reconstructed to the glory of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and in memory of Serbian boys Petar and Pavle /Peter and Paul/ Golubović who, together with their parents, were killed in 1992 in Konjic.

After the consecration, Bishop Dimitrije celebrated a Holy Liturgy and conducted a Slava bread-breaking ceremony.

After the Holy Liturgy and the Slava /Patron St.'s Day/ ceremony, a memorial service was held for the Golubović family.

A plaque is put at the church entrance saying that the church was built in 1896, that it was reconstructed this year to the glory of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and in memory of killed Serbian boys Petar and Pavle, that the patron of the reconstruction is Milorad Dodik in the capacity of the Republika Srpska president.

There is an icon in the church depicting Apostles Peter and Paul with boys Petar and Pavle.

Brothers Petar and Pavle Golubović were only seven and five years old when five members of the interventional platoon of the Konjic Police Station, headed by Miralem Macić, took them and their parents, renown Serbs from Konjic, professors Đuro and Vlasta, from their apartment, drove them to a place five km from the apartment under the cover of the night, and shoot them to death.

Boys and their parents were shot near the police station in the Polje Bijela neighborhood, along the road towards the village of Spiljani.

Petar Golubović survived the first shooting.

After a rapid-fire shooting, he fell to the ground between the bodies of his parents and brother Pavle. After the perpetrators left, he got up and headed towards a police checkpoint in the settlement of Polje Bijela.

When he came there, he told police officers Hadžo Macić and Dražen Marković what happened.

Executioners heard it by way of radio communication, returned and took Petar away. They stopped near the community of Begin Vir, where they took him out of a car and shot him to death.

Bodies of boys and their parents laid for several days on the bank of the River Neretva before they were buried at the Orthodox cemetery in Musala.

Thanks to Anis Kosovac, a new gate was put up at the entrance to the Orthodox cemetery in Musala in July 2018. A memorial plaque with illustrations of Petar and Pavle Golubović is on the gate.

Names of Petar and Pavle Golubović are engraved on a joint monument to killed children of Konjic, which is erected in front of a school in Musala.

The first indictment for this crime was issued in 1994, and verdicts were pronounced at the end of 1995.


Prosecutor Ibro Bulić cited as perpetrators Miralem Macić, Jusuf Potur and Adem Landžo, together with Šefik Tucaković and Mirsad Maksumović who were killed in the war.

These three men were retried before the Mostar Canton Court. On July 25, 2000, Macić and Landžo were sentenced to 12 years in prison each, while Potur was sentenced to eight years in prison. The FBiH Supreme Court confirmed the verdicts.

In addition to them, veterinarian technician Halil Tucaković, and police officers at the checkpoint in Polje Bijela Dražen Marković and Hadžo Macić are mentioned in the indictment from 1994.

The public knows very little about the murder without condemnation, without explanation, without reason, but Serbs in Konjic and all Herzegovina places remember well this crime and talk about it so that it may never be forgotten.

The church in Borci, which was declared a BiH national monument in 2006, was under Serb control until the signing of the Dayton Agreement and was preserved, but was devastated after the Serb army and people left the area after the signing of the Dayton Agreement.

Đuro and Neđo Simić, who remained there, repaired the church only to the extent to prevent the rain from falling into it and the wind from blowing in it during the church service.

Before the war, around 7,000 Serbs lived in Konjic, and in present days, there are less than 300. Only a few Serbian families live in Borci now. /end/sg