Thursday, September 03, 2009

"Breakthrough in search for General Mihailovich's grave"

September 3, 2009
Vecernje Novosti

BELGRADE -- The military intelligence services have submitted information to the State Commission that General Dragoljub Mihailovich is buried on Ada Ciganlija.

According to the State Commission on Establishing the Truth about the Murder of Dragoljub Mihailovich, digging will shortly begin next to the gates of a former prison on Ada as part of the search for Mihailovich’s remains, writes daily Novosti.

This is the first time that a state body has submitted tangible knowledge of the execution and burial of General Mihailovich. The conditions have therefore been created to begin excavations at that location,“ one member of the commission told the daily.

The commission said, according to Novosti, that all information received to date from the intelligence services (BIA), MUP, the Military Archives and the Archive of Yugoslavia had yielded little in the search for Mihailovich's’s final resting place, and that the information from the military intelligence services was a major breakthrough.

The place where the Commander of the Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland is believed to be buried is right in front of a monument that marks the site where a prison for political dissidents was located before and during the Second World War.

The site in question, next to a bike hire shop and which now features an arrangement of red roses, is, according to certain earlier testimonies, the place where Mihailovich, together with seven other prisoners, was executed and buried on July 17, 1946.


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