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Scorpions Squad

Scorpions Squad

During the siege of Vukovar which started in the summer of 1991, a large number of volunteers from Serbia came to Eastern Slavonia to fight. One of the volunteers was Slobodan Medić Boca from Šid who, together with his brother Aleksandar Medić, headed to Vukovar. Together with their friends from Šid, they founded the “Scorpions” in late 1991 or early 1992. This unit was stationed in the village of Đeletovci, Nijemci municipality, which is the location of oil wells and oil fields. Their task was to secure the oil fields and the borders of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska Krajina. The exploitation of oil from Đeletovci and the oak wood from nearby villages primarily served for making enormous profits in favor of the state of Serbia. The entire turnover was controlled by the State Security Service, led by Stanišić and Simatović; they were taking large portions of the profits for government purposes, and next in the line was Željko Ražnatović Arkan.


The Scorpions had a command and two troops; the entire unit had between two hundred and four hundred persons. Their weapons, uniforms, equipment, and wages were provided by the Gas Industry of the Republic of Srpska Krajina.


In June and July of 1995, Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović sent the Scorpions and the SDG, commanded by Vasilije Mijović, State Security Service’s official, to the region around Trnovo and in Treskavica, to carry out joint actions with the members of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Bosnian Serbs and the Republic of Srpska Army.


After the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995 and the signing of the Agreement of Erdut between Croatia and FRY delegates, by which Croatia wanted to return its territories and Serbia consented to it in exchange for the guarantees of all human and minority rights of Serbs who stayed there, the Scorpions were left without their job of securing the oil fields in Đeletovci. They were not considered to be members of the Serbian Army of Krajina. The unit managed to survive outside the war campaign, and after 1995 it was integrated into the reserve of the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Serbian Interior Ministry.


With the beginning of NATO intervention in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in March 1999, the Scorpions were sent to Kosovo.