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The killer not to laugh at his grave

The coffee is almost cold, as Dragicevic says: "What is it now, that will be the hardest day in my life." The good days are over, anyway, the black cloud is hanging steady above him, no matter whether he is in Bosnia-Herzegovina or in the safety of exile. But on this Friday Dragicevic has to wear Before his son David to the grave. For the second Time.

the story of The death of the 21-year-old student from Banja Luka, this young curls with the Rasta and the cheerful Smile has grown to a tragedy in several acts and opposedto political Thriller with an open ending A year ago, on 24.March 2018, had been found, David after six days of searching, found dead in his home town in the Bosnian Serb Republic. The body lay in an open sewer, the police announced quickly, David was full of broken pumped with drugs in a house, and then in the escape fell and drowned.


Prior to that, Dragicevic thought nothing of it – because it does not fit in with David, and because it is not to the body fit. Because the showed traces of very severe abuse, the terrible photos he can show on the Notebook. Own Research – the evaluation of surveillance cameras, an autopsy and a hair analysis that showed no note to drug – substantiated his suspicions. "David was murdered," he says, "and the perpetrators are Criminals, police officers and politicians, who support each other."

he also shouted out into the world and on the streets of Banja Luka. From the grieving father, the war veteran and waiter, was the leader of a political movement that has taken hold of the whole of Bosnia, and then the hunted. "We have become the biggest Problem for Milorad Dodik," he says.

a year Ago, David Dragicevic murdered:. Photo: Facebook

Dodik is the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, the reigns of self-glorious and autocratically over his Kingdom. But all of a sudden he had to experience in Banja Luka, as the followers of the by Davor Dragicevic founded the movement "justice for David" every evening on the main square, a reconnaissance of the circumstances of death demanded and rebelled against corruption , crime and political violence in the Republika Srpska. Tens of thousands have gathered there over the months, the Facebook page "justice for David" more than 300000 people from Bosnia and other Balkan States. At the end of December, after nine months of daily protests, both of these come into security forces violence against protesters, there were arrests. Prior to that Dragicevic had under command, which accused him of incitement and threat to public order diving because of an arrest.

away from the "mafia state"

"I knew that they were planning to kill me," he says. The police have warned him. Since then, he has reported only very sporadically, for example, with a video message to his comrades, he betrayed nothing about his whereabouts, but stated that he was "in security" and "good people".

With this newspaper, he met in Vienna. "At David's birthday, which is December 31. In January, I decided to leave Bosnia," he says. In return, he thinks. He learns English, he will, as far as it goes, rest – and above all, he has David caught up to Austria. "I don't want him to stay in this mafia state to be buried," he says. "If he is here, I can be near him. And the killer can no longer come to his grave and laugh, because they have arrived up to now unpunished."

sorrow and anger: David's father, Davor Dragicevic. Photo: PD

On Tuesday they have exhumed David's body. It was a grey, cold day in Banja Luka. Prior to that, Dragicevic has been sitting in Vienna in his room and the exhumation via Video on the Facebook page of the movement "justice for David" followed. He has accepted no phone calls, he wanted to be alone. He saw how the tomb was opened, like men with protective suits, the coffin to the top picked up, as they opened him, and the mortal Remains of his son in a new coffin. David's mother, his divorced wife, who lives in Austria for many years, has kissed the lid of the coffin. Then the hearse set itself in motion. The only way out of Bosnia.

"This is the day that I completed with the Republika Srpska", says Davor Dragicevic. He has left his home, but his fight, he wants to lead. Using the policy, he does not expect, however, is also in exile. Of the European Union, he feels left alone, Yes, betrayed. In December, he told he had taken at the invitation of the EU delegation in Bosnia, a total of 21 EU ambassadors. "I've presented all the evidence for the murder of David", he says.

supporters from Switzerland

shortly thereafter, in Banja Luka, the demonstrations being violently suppressed and were banned, there was a brief explanation of the EU: The events were "an alarming Signal for the state of the rule of law in Bosnia-Herzegovina". A specific follow-up but had not the. "The EU continues to Fund the murderer," grumbles Before Dragicevic. He now wants to "pressure from outside". In Vienna he has already created an Association: "justice for David and all the children of Bosnia-Herzegovina". Offshoots in other European cities with a strong Bosnian Diaspora to follow. His life consists of sadness and anger and the will to create, finally, justice. "My strength comes from David," he says.

this Friday he's going to need a lot of power. At lunch time the funeral is scheduled at the cemetery of Wiener Neustadt. He hopes that many of the supporters come from Bosnia, from Germany, from Switzerland. For the first Time since his escape, he will show there again in public. "David will find his peace," he says. "For me there can be no peace. To much has happened."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.03.2019, 21:50 PM

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