Jovan Novakovic told the Belgrade Higher Court on Friday that when he evacuated locals from the Bosniak village of Suha near Bratunac in spring 1992, he did not know they were about to be deported.
The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court has confirmed the verdict sentencing Mico Jurisic to 11 years in prison for wartime crimes including involvement in several murders in the Prijedor area in 1992.
He was found guilty of participating in the murders of two Bosniaks in the village of Carakovo, as well as the killings of two others.
The Bosnian state prosecution opened a case on Wednesday to investigate whether Bosniaks who returned to the Srebrenica, Visegrad and Bratunac areas after fleeing during the 1990s war were intimidated by noisy celebrations by Serbs on Orthodox Christmas Eve on Monday.
The case will also examine whether the celebrations provoked ethnic and religious hatred and intolerance.