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THE HAGUE | 18.03.2010.

‘SLAVERY’ IN KOSOVO

Confronted with numerous allegations about torture of Kosovo Albanians in Serbian prisons in 1998 and 1998, former investigating judge from Kosovo giving evidence in the defense of Vlastimir Djordjevic asked the prosecution not to show ‘only negative examples’. Danica Marinkovic wanted the prosecutor to show ‘something positive’, because it looked as if ‘there was slavery in Kosovo’
THE HAGUE | 17.03.2010.

DEFENSE ‘EXPANDS’ INDICTMENT AGAINST GENERAL DJORDJEVIC

The incident in the village of Racak in Kosovo is not listed in the indictment against police general Vlastimir Djordjevic, yet Djordjevic’s defense today tried to prove that KLA members, not civilians, were killed on 15 January 1999 there
THE HAGUE | 01.04.2009.

POLICE CRIMES IN VUCITRN

At the trial of police general Vlastimir Djordjevic, the prosecution called evidence on expulsion of tens of thousands of Kosovo Albanians in the Vucitrn municipality in the spring of 1999; 105 Albanians were killed. Fedrije Xhafa has testified about events in which her father was killed, her brother wounded and a part of her family expelled to Albania
THE HAGUE | 27.02.2008.

WAR WITH NO PRISONERS OF WAR

The prosecution argues that the army and the police killed KLA prisoners on the spot. The witness testifying in the defense of police general Sreten Lukic, however, says there were no prisoners because the terrorists carried away their wounded and dead fellow fighters. ‘What happened in Racak then?’ asked the prosecutor
THE HAGUE | 16.01.2007.

NEGOTIATIONS AS A 'FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL’

Adnan Merovci, witness for the prosecution, describes the meeting between Slobodan Milosevic and Ibrahim Rugova in April 1999 not as negotiations but as 'a fight for survival’, indicating that it did not end with an agreement – as stated by the Serb authorities – but with a press release
13.07.2006.

REASONS FOR EXCLUDING THE CRIMES IN RACAK, DUBRAVA AND PADALISTE FROM THE INDICTEMENT

The Trial Chamber publishes its written statement of reasons for the decision to exclude the crimes in Racak, Dubrava and Padaliste from the indictment against the former Serbian officials. In the opinion of the Chamber, the prosecution can adequately argue its case even without calling any evidence on the three locations
THE HAGUE | 13.12.2005.

MOTION TO RE-OPEN THE PROSECUTION CASE AGAINST MILOSEVIC DISMISSED

The Trial Chamber dismisses prosecution motion to present new evidence in the case against Slobodan Milosevic. Although some of the proposed evidence "has a certain evidentiary value", the Chamber decides that none of it "is of significance for the crucial legal issue: is the accused responsible for the crimes alleged in the indictment"
THE HAGUE | 07.12.2005.

GENERAL JELIC CHALLENGES GENERAL STAFF

Although the daily operational report of the VJ General Staff of 16 January 1999 states that "an element of the forces of the 243rd Mechanized Brigade is sealing off the Racak village where Interior Ministry (MUP) forces are engaging the Siptar terrorist forces," the then brigade commander claims that his forces were in the area on "regular training tasks"
THE HAGUE | 01.12.2005.

GENERAL JELIC: "NOT A CHANCE OF SOMEONE FIRING AT CIVILIANS "

General Krsman Jelic begins his testimony at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. He is a former commander of the VJ 243rd Mechanized Brigade. The village of Racak was in his area of responsibility in 1999. The witness denies that claims made by Canadian general Maisonneuve, one of the heads of the Kosovo Verification Mission. Testifying for prosecution, General Maisonneuve said that Jelic's liaison officer had told him on 16 January 1999 that the army had given "fire support" to the police during the action in Racak
THE HAGUE | 05.10.2005.

MILOSEVIC USED UP TWO THIRDS OF THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR HIS DEFENCE

Unless the Trial Chamber grants him more time, the accused has less than 30 working days left – 120 hours – to refute the charges in the indictments for Croatia and BH. Judge Robinson conducts an investigation into the Lord Ashdown case. Were any of the victims in Racak innocent people?

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