Zeleni Jadar is an area some 20 kilometres south of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia where at least seven clandestine gravesites have been found, all of them secondary mass graves. The site called Zeleni Jadar 4 (also known as Zeleni Jadar 8) was first examined in 1998 by a team from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY. The Bosnian Federal Commission on Missing Persons renamed the gravesite Zeleni Jadar 8 and exhumed it between September and October 2007. The remains of 64 individuals were discovered.
The area remains unmarked. The clandestine grave sites were scattered along both sides of a road, some of them deeper into a forest and some in fields.
Many of the body parts found in the graves in Zeleni Jadar matched remains found at the Glogova 1 and 2 gravesites. At all of the Zeleni Jadar graves – Zeleni Jadar 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 – links with the Glogova 1 primary grave were established through the identification of body parts belonging to the same individuals found in both the Glogova 1 grave and one of the secondary graves.
At the beginning of the excavation, forensic teams from the ICTY noted that most of the bodies found were incomplete, most had clothing but relatively few had personal possessions like watches, jewellery, smoking-related items and documents.
According to the ICTY forensic report, most of the victims had gunshot wounds, while a few had injuries from explosions and explosive devices.
At Zeleni Jadar, seven gravesites can be linked to executions at a warehouse at a farm in Kravica, close to the town of Bratunac. On July 13 and 14, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces killed 1,313 Bosniaks at the farm.
Remains of the victims of a separate mass shooting in a hangar behind the Vuk Karadzic school in Bratunac, where 400 Bosniaks were detained on July 13, 1995, were also found at Zeleni Jadar.
So far, the ICTY and domestic courts in the Balkans have sentenced a total of 47 people to more than 700 years in prison, plus five life sentences, for Srebrenica crimes.