THE HAGUE | 26.02.2015.

TOO EARLY FOR CONCLUSIVE ASSESSMENT OF HADZIC’S HEALTH

After two days of discussion about Goran Hadzic’s health, the conclusion is that it is still too early to determine if the accused will be able to attend the trial in the coming period. Goran Hadzic has a brain tumor. In the opinion of the neurologist-oncologist who testified today, it all depends on how well Hadzic will respond to chemotherapy. At this stage, it is too early to tell
THE HAGUE | 25.02.2015.

WHAT WITNESSES TALK ABOUT AS THEY WAIT TO TESTIFY

After Milenko Jevdjevic completed his evidence, the defense called a new witness, Miodrag Dragutinovic. He also claimed that Mladic met the Drina Corps commanders in Bratunac on the day when Srebrenica fell, on 11 July 1995. The prosecution alleges that the meeting took place a day later, on 12 July 1995. In the cross-examination, Dragutinovic confirmed that he had seen Jevdjevic in the past few days and discussed the events in Srebrenica with him. He also discussed the ‘atmosphere in the courtroom’ with Jevdjevic
THE HAGUE | 24.02.2015.

HADZIC’S PROBLEMS WITH PSYCHOLOGIST

Goran Hadzic wants to put a stop to any contacts with the Detention Unit Dutch psychologist. According to Hadzic, the psychologist has told him to use his ‘faith in God’ to ‘obtain the strength to attend the trial’ instead of ‘fighting cancer"
THE HAGUE | 24.02.2015.

FISH ON ST. PETER’S DAY?

Witness Milenko Jevdjevic claimed that after the fall of Srebrenica the accused Mladic met with the Drina Corps officers in Bratunac on 11 July 1995, not on 12 July 1995. Jevdjevic corroborated his argument with the fact that fish was served for dinner: according to him, that could only mean that it was 11 July 1995, the last day of the apostles’ fast. Confronted with other evidence, the witness finally admitted that fish could have been served the next day, on St. Peter’s day. Yet Jevdjevic seemed unaware that his admission changed the substance of his evidence, corroborating the prosecution case, that Mladic and his officers were in Bratunac when the first transports with captured Muslims started arriving in the town. In the days that followed, the detainees were executed
THE HAGUE | 23.02.2015.

WITNESS ‘TRIES TO WEASEL OUT’ OF SREBRENICA EVENTS

Milenko Jevdjevic, former commander of a signals battalion in the Drina Corps, claims that he left the Srebrenica-Bratunac area on 11, not 12 July 1995. The prosecution argues he is not telling the truth because he ‘is desperately trying to weasel out’ in a bid to show he didn’t know about the separation of the Muslim men from women and children in Potocari and their detention in Bratunac
THE HAGUE | 22.02.2015.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ‘TERRIBLE’ KILLINGS

Ratko Mladic’s defense plans to examine five witnesses whose testimonies pertain mostly to the events in the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995. Former VRS members will give evidence on how Mladic reacted to the ‘killing of 2,000 Muslims’ in Srebrenica. Also, the witnesses will tell the judges Mladic was critical of the civilian police in Konjevic Polje: he accused them of ‘sunbathing and stealing’ while the ‘soldiers die for them’. Goran Hadzic’s motion for provisional release is pending
THE HAGUE | 20.02.2015.

HADZIC DEFENSE FILES NEW URGENT MOTION

Goran Hadzic’s defense has originally filed a motion seeking provisional release for their client of at least three months. As the judges ponder the motion, the defense has filed a new motion for a short provisional release. The accused would use the time to prepare for a new round of chemotherapy for his brain tumor. The public has learned that Hadzic’s condition is incurable as the tumor is inoperable
THE HAGUE | 19.02.2015.

SREBRENICA TIMELINE: WITNESS AND PROSECUTION AT ODDS

In a bid to show that he left Srebrenica immediately after the Bosnian Serb troops took it, Mladic’s defense witness Milenko Jevdjevic claimed that on 11 July 1995 he left the Drina Corps forward command post to attend a meeting of commanders with General Mladic in Bratunac, and the next day he established a communications center for the attack on Zepa. The prosecution didn’t contest this timeline, but argued that the events took place one day later
THE HAGUE | 18.02.2015.

ON THE EVE OF ATTACKS ON SREBRENICA AND ZEPA

In his evidence in Mladic’s defense Milenko Jevdjevic, a lieutenant colonel in the signals service, described how in 1994 and 1995 the Drina Corps was under constant commando attacks from the Podrinje enclaves. This is why Serb soldiers couldn’t be redeployed to other parts of the front
THE HAGUE | 17.02.2015.

UNDER ‘UMBRELLA’ OF MANJACA

Radomir Radinkovic, former security officer in the VRS 1st Krajina Corps, described the Manjaca prison camp as the only place where the detainees could hope to survive. As the witness put it, Manjaca was an ‘umbrella’, keeping the prisoners ‘safe from harm’ regardless of whether they were brought in as civilians or prisoners of war
THE HAGUE | 17.02.2015.

HADZIC REFUSES TO ALLOW TRIAL TO PROCEED IN HIS ABSENCE

The former prime minister of the SAO Eastern Slavonia has refused to waive his right to attend the trial. The trial has been adjourned since October 2014 because of Hadzic’s ill health
THE HAGUE | 16.02.2015.

WERE PEOPLE BEATEN OR JUST PUSHED AROUND IN TRNOPOLJE?

Ratko Mladic's defense witness denies that he beat up Trnopolje prisoners. Some prisoners may have called him 'Chetnik', the witness said, and this may have caused him to push them. The judges asked the witness if such pushing could inflict injuries. 'I’d say that it could not', the witness replied
THE HAGUE | 15.02.2015.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC IN FOCUS

Mladic was compelled to leave the courtroom last Thursday before the session ended because of some unspecified health problems. Unless the problems turn out to be serious, the trial of the former Bosnian Serb military commander will continue on Monday. In addition to witnesses who will testify about the events in two of the prison centers, Trnopolje and Manjaca, the defense will call two VRS officers who took part in the VRS Srebrenica operation in July 1995
THE HAGUE | 12.02.2015.

TRNOPOLJE – JOURNALISTS BEHIND FENCES, PRISONERS ROAM FREE

In a bid to prove that Trnopolje was not a prison camp but a collection center for civilians, Mladic’s defense witness Slavko Puhalic claimed that the wire seen in the footage made by the British TV network ITN crew in the summer of 1992 was there to fence in the journalists who were filming the camp. All of the persons tried for the Prijedor prison camps at the Tribunal in The Hague used the same argument in their defense, to no avail. Mladic left the courtroom before the end of the hearing because he was unwell
THE HAGUE | 12.02.2015.

HOW TO DRESS UP BODIES

Nenad Davidovic, former chief medical officer in the 6th Sana Brigade, recounted at the trial of Ratko Mladic that he had proposed at a Crisis Staff meeting to dress the bodies of murdered civilians in military uniforms to give them a ‘dignified’ burial. The prosecutor claimed it was an attempt to cover up the crime and create an impression that the victims were soldiers killed in combat