THE HAGUE | 17.09.2014.

AFTERMATH OF ATTACK ON AHATOVICI

Stojan Dzino, former member of the Bosnian Serb Army, took part in the attack on the village of Ahatovici near Sarajevo. Dzino spoke about the allegations in the indictment about the aftermath of the attack: the detention, beating and killing of Muslims and the destruction of the local mosque
THE HAGUE | 17.09.2014.

GUARD, DOORMAN, BODYGUARD

Milenko Dafinic began his evidence at Goran Hadzic’s trial. From 1991 to 1997 Dafinic held a number of security jobs in the SAO Eastern Slavonia: he secured the Government building and was Goran Hadzic’s body guard at one point
THE HAGUE | 16.09.2014.

WHAT ‘LIES’ WERE SPREAD ABOUT WITNESS

The former minister for culture and religion in Hadzic’s government contends that it ‘is not true’ that he either committed or ordered any murders or that he supported ‘discriminatory policies against the non-Serb population’. The witness also claims it is untrue that he was an ‘outstanding fighter’ and that he knew who was authorized to appoint people in the Territorial Defense. The truth was, the witness argues, that the government couldn’t exercise command over the units in the field. In the case of the killings at Ovcara, the army ‘made this decision’, the witness says
THE HAGUE | 16.09.2014.

MLADIC’S WITNESS TESTIFIES ABOUT BUS MASSACRE

Former deputy commander of the Rajlovac Brigade has admitted that in June 1992 there were 'those who would not take orders', i.e. the paramilitaries, who would beat Muslim prisoners in the Rajlovac military barracks. Nevertheless, the witness denied any knowledge of prisoners being taken out of the military barracks to do forced labor. The witness claimed he did not know that at least 47 prisoners were killed in a bus en route to Pale
THE HAGUE | 14.09.2014.
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MLADIC AND HADZIC BACK IN COURT

Mladic’s defense has indicated it will call seven witnesses in a bid to contest the allegations related to the terror campaign in Sarajevo. The defense intends to prove that the SRK for the most part defended itself against the BH Army whose forces encircled the Bosnian Serb troops. The defense case continues at the trial of Goran Hadzic
THE HAGUE | 11.09.2014.

CULTURE MINISTER TESTIFIES IN PRIME MINISTER’S DEFENSE

Former minister of culture and religion contends that Hadzic’s government didn’t have any authority over the military and the Territorial Defense. According to the witness, the government had powers similar to those of the local communes: they dealt with social welfare issues and couldn’t influence the events in the field
THE HAGUE | 11.09.2014.

MLADIC OPPOSES TOMASICA EVIDENCE

In its response to the prosecution’s motion to re-open its case to call evidence on the Tomasica mass grave near Prijedor, Ratko Mladic’s defense notes that the accused would be prejudiced if the motion is granted. Mladic’s defense recalls the Trial Chamber’s decision in the case against Radovan Karadzic where a similar motion filed by the prosecution was denied
THE HAGUE | 10.09.2014.

DID SESELJ ‘REVISE’ OR ‘SUPPLEMENT’ HIS TESTIMONY?

The prosecution claims that Vojislav Seselj has changed his testimony in order to exonerate himself and Goran Hadzic from the accusations related to the Ovcara massacre in Vukovar on 20 November 1991. Seselj contends that he didn’t ‘revise’ his evidence: only in The Hague did he learn what had actually happened there from the witnesses and the other accused
THE HAGUE | 10.09.2014.

WITNESS REFUTES ‘BAD SERBS’ THEORY

Former Republika Srpska prime minister Vladimir Lukic agrees that during the war Serbs committed some crimes, but he insists that there was a lot of propaganda in this regard: the purpose was to cause the world to ‘pity the Muslims’. One of Mladic’s wartime bodyguards begins his evidence
THE HAGUE | 09.09.2014.

PRIME MINISTER KNEW NOTHING ABOUT RAPE

Former Bosnian Serb prime minister Vladimir Lukic claims his government protected all the citizens regardless of their ethnic background. The prosecutor put it to him that the authorities did nothing about the crimes, except in those cases when Serbs, rather than Muslims and Croats, were the victims. The witness knew nothing about the rape of non-Serb girls and women on several locations in BH, ‘because he wasn’t there’
THE HAGUE | 09.09.2014.

OVCARA ACCORDING TO SESELJ

Vojislav Seselj began his testimony in the defense of Goran Hadzic, former prime minister of the SAO Eastern Slavonia government. He blamed Aleksandar Vasiljevic and Vesna Bosanac for the massacre in Ovcara in November 1991. Vasiljevic was the JNA security chief and Vesna Bosanac was the director of the Vukovar Hospital
THE HAGUE | 08.09.2014.

KUDOS TO ACCUSED

Defense witness Vojislav Vukcevic had nothing but praise for the accused Goran Hadzic. In Vukcevic’s words, Hadzic espoused ‘moderate views’, he came from ‘a placid environment’ and ‘a proper family’. Hadzic ‘had everything he needed, and therefore was not a spiteful, mean or bad man’
THE HAGUE | 08.09.2014.

HOW TO RAZE ‘HALF OF SARAJEVO’ TO GROUND WITH ‘EMPTY GUN’

Former 4th Corps commander Milosav Gagovic commented on Ratko Mladic’s war-time statements about ‘razing half of Sarajevo to the ground’ if the JNA military barracks came under attack. Gagovic said that the accused ‘made a threat with an empty gun’ despite the evidence showing that 5,000 to 10,000 shells fell on the city in the days after Mladic made the threat
THE HAGUE | 07.09.2014.
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SESELJ TO TESTIFY IN HADZIC’S DEFENSE

Vojislav Seselj, who is currently awaiting his judgment in the detention unit, will appear as Goran Hadzic’s defense witness next week. Hadzic and Seselj are indicted for their involvement in the same joint criminal enterprise and for the same crimes in Vukovar and other places in Eastern Slavonia. Ratko Mladic’s defense will continue calling witnesses to contest the allegations about crimes committed by the Serb troops in and around Sarajevo
THE HAGUE | 05.09.2014.

HADZIC WAS ‘BRAVE’, BABIC WAS ‘HEADSTRONG’ AS THE LOG REVOLUTION UNFOLDED

Vojislav Vukcevic, founder of the Serbian Democratic Party in Baranja, testified that Hadzic was brave enough to ‘express his displeasure’ with Slobodan Milosevic. Vukcevic also spoke about the decisions made by the ‘headstrong Babic, the ‘spontaneous plebiscite’ and the ‘logs’ that for a while forced both Serbs and Croats to the negotiating table