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THE HAGUE | 11.12.2015.

THE HAGUE: ORIC CAN STAND TRIAL IN SARAJEVO

Liu Daqun, a judge of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, has rejected Naser Oric’s motion in which he petitioned the Mechanism to order the BH State Court to terminate the war crime proceedings him. Oric was the BH Army commander in Srebrenica during the war. The Chinese judge is not convinced that the BH State Court would try Oric for the same crimes that he has already been tried by the Tribunal
THE HAGUE | 09.12.2015.

KARADZIC WANTS STATUS CONFERENCE AND FRIDGE

Former Republika Srpska president on trial for double genocide and four joint criminal enterprises in BH has asked for a status conference. Karadzic wants to tell the judges about his recovery following gall bladder surgery, his blood sugar level and his inability to stick to his diet without a fridge in the Detention Unit
THE HAGUE | 03.12.2015.

CONTESTING REPORTS ON SREBRENICA EXHUMATIONS

Ratko Mladic’s defense has called David del Pino, a forensic expert from Chile, in a bid to contest the findings from the report produced by the prosecution forensic expert William Haglund on the exhumations of Srebrenica mass graves. The defense has relied on a report by the Supervisory Commission from San Antonio, but as the report concluded that the errors made by Haglund did not in any way compromise the scientific value of his findings, the defense has thus failed to achieve the desired effect
THE HAGUE | 01.12.2015.

DIFFICULTIES UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Milos Kovic, historian giving evidence at the request of Mladic’s defense, didn’t contest the claim that the crimes had been perpetrated against non-Serbs in the Serb part of BH. He did complain, however, that no one discussed crimes against Serbs. The judges explained to Kovic that the Trial Chamber did not intend to write ‘the history of the entire war’ but to render a ‘judgment to one particular accused’
THE HAGUE | 29.11.2015.
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DEFENSE TO CONTEST HISTORICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

Next week Ratko Mladic’s defense will call two witnesses: Serbian historian Milos Kovic and David del Pino, an anthropologist from Chile. The witnesses will contest the evidence of prosecution experts and other witnesses about the historical context of the BH war and forensic findings from the Srebrenica graves
THE HAGUE | 25.11.2015.

EVERYONE IS TO BLAME FOR SREBRENICA GENOCIDE EXCEPT MLADIC AND KARADZIC

According to the findings of Mladic’s defense military expert Mitar Kovac, everyone was responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica – Alija Izetbegovic, Bill Clinton, foreign intelligence services, Serb mercenaries and avengers, the Scorpions unit, and a part of the Bosnian Serb military services; everyone, in fact, but the Republika Srpska military and political leadership
THE HAGUE | 24.11.2015.

AKASHI'S 'THINKING OUT LOUD' ABOUT MLADIC

In his book Yasushi Akashi, former UN Secretary General' special envoy to the former Yugoslavia, described Ratko Mladic as an 'emotional nationalist' with 'strong feelings for lives of Serbs but without any emotion for the members of the two other BH ethnicities'. In Akashi's words, Mladic was a soldier immersed in the idea of the 'Serb supremacy', 'prone to taking revenge'. Today Akashi distanced himself from the allegations, claiming that he was 'not an historian'. In his book, he was just 'thinking out loud', Akashi remarked
THE HAGUE | 23.11.2015.

'QUANTUM DIFFERENCE' IN CRIMES

As he was questioned by Mladic’s defense, Japanese diplomat Yasushi Akashi said that the Bosnian side was responsible for violating the agreement and refusing to sign ceasefire agreements. In the cross-examination, when the focus turned to the crimes, Akashi confirmed the claim he made in his book, that all three sides in BH had committed crimes. However, Akashi noted, there was a ‘quantum difference’ between the three because only for the Serb side ‘genocide was part of their official policy’
THE HAGUE | 22.11.2015.
Next Week at the Tribunal

YASUSHI AKASHI TO TESTIFY IN MLADIC’S DEFENSE

Ratko Mladic’s defense has indicated it will call only one new witness next week – Yasushi Akashi, former UN special envoy. Retired general Mitar Kovac, the defense’s military expert, will continue his testimony begun last week
THE HAGUE | 16.11.2015.

‘TYPICAL CIVIL WAR’ IN BH

Mladic’s defense military expert Mitar Kovac concluded that the war in BH was a ‘typical civil war’. Sarajevo was ‘defended’ city ‘blocked on both sides’, Kovac noted. According to Kovac, in Srebrenica Mladic didn’t pursue a ‘murderous’ plan but a ‘humanitarian’ agenda. Late general Gvero commanded the Srebrenica operation ‘on behalf of the Main Staff’ in Mladic’s absence, Kovac explained. Mitar Kovac was awarded the Transfer of Wisdom award at a book fair in Serbia

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