Sasina is a primary mass grave located eight kilometres from the town of Sanski Most in north-west Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exhumation took place from July 18 to 24, 1996 led by the Sanski Most Court and the State Commission for Exchange and Missing Persons. Sixty-five bodies were exhumed.
The gravesite is located next to the village road, near a Catholic church, surrounded by bushes and trees.
According to witness statements, the victims found in the mass grave had been held hostage in Sanski Most by Serb paramilitary units and used for forced labour by the Bosnian Serb Army. On the night of September 20, 1995, the paramilitaries took the men with a bus, a truck and several cars to the Sasina site, then executed them. The victims were Bosniaks and Bosnian Croat civilians. The youngest victim was Besim Talic, who was 16 years old.
The gravesite is marked with a memorial plaque that includes all the names of the victims.
In the first-instance verdict in the trial of former Serbian State Security Service chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, the Hague Tribunal concluded that on or about September 21, 1995, members of the Serbian Volunteer Guard paramilitary unit led by Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, detained a group of non-Serb civilians from Sanski Most and transferred them to Sasina, where they shot and killed more than 60 of them.
Arkan was also charged by Hague Tribunal prosecutors with the murder of 65 civilians from Sanski Most but he was killed in Belgrade in 2000 before standing trial. Members of his paramilitary unit were never prosecuted for the Sasina killings. So far, only one of his fighters, Boban Arsic, has been convicted. He was found guilty in absentia by a Croatian court of a separate war crime in Croatia in 1992.