THE HAGUE | 27.11.2014.

PRAISE FOR ‘COURAGEOUS AND FAIR’ GENERAL MLADIC

Former doctor in the Sokolac Military Hospital Simo Bilbija and a protected witness who commanded one of the units in the VRS Main Staff testified in Ratko Mladic’s defense today, praising the accused profusely. According to the witnesses, he was courageous and fair, an expert in ‘warfare and strategy’ and when he talked to the soldiers, they felt like ‘sick men hooked up to an IV feed’
THE HAGUE | 26.11.2014.

NO NEED TO LIST CRIMES AGAINST NON-SERBS BECAUSE THEY WERE 'GENERAL KNOWLEDGE'

There were many discrepancies between Bosko Mandic’s written statement and his evidence in court at the trials of Karadzic and Mladic. Mandic was thus forced to ‘think about’ his statements and decide which ones were true. The only explanation the witness could offer 'off the top of my head' was that he thought there was no need to speak about 'things which were general knowledge, such as the crimes against non-Serbs’. The ‘Tribunal already has information about that’, Mandic noted
THE HAGUE | 25.11.2014.

EVACUATION ALLOWED, RETURN PROHIBITED

War-time president of the Commission for the Allocation of Property in the Ilidza municipality claimed that the houses and apartments of non-Serb refugees were taken away only temporarily without intent to prevent them to return. The prosecutor invoked the decisions of the municipal authorities from May 1992 ‘allowing the evacuation’ of Muslims and Croats. In April 1993, the municipal authorities issued documents ‘prohibiting the refugees from returning’. The court did not hear the evidence about Mladic’s ‘pulling out his hair’ after the events in Srebrenica
THE HAGUE | 24.11.2014.

‘SILK ROPE FOR ALIJA’

Through witness Ostoja Barasin, Ratko Mladic’s defense tendered into evidence two documentaries Barasin directed. In the cross-examination, the prosecutor was more eager to learn what the witness knew about the crimes against non-Serbs. He also questioned Barasin about the contents of the documents the VRS had distributed to the soldiers, including Milan Gvero’s article entitled Silk Rope for Alija
THE HAGUE | 24.11.2014.

WITNESS: THERE WERE NO CRIMES IN SUSICA

Momir Deuric, former warehouse guard in the Susica prison camp, gave evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. Deuric claimed that he knew nothing about the abuse, murders and forced labor in the camp. The witness went so far as to claim that he didn’t remember saving the life of his pre-war Muslim friend
HAG/DEN HAAG | 23.11.2014.
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WHY MLADIC WAS PULLING OUT HIS HAIR IN JULY 1995

In his statement to the defense, former personal assistant to generals Ratko Mladic and Manojlo Milovanovic described their encounter in the VRS Main Staff in mid-July 1995, during or immediately after the Srebrenica events. According to defense witness Dusan Todic, Mladic was ‘visibly worried and upset’. He ‘was pulling out his hair’, saying that something ‘terrible’ had happened, Todic claims
THE HAGUE | 20.11.2014.

MLADIC’S WITNESS: MASSACRE IN VELAGICI ‘REVENGE FOR WORLD WAR II’

Nikola Vracar, former reserve policeman in Kljuc, was able to recall at the trial of Ratko Mladic that he had heard about the massacre in Biljani a day or two after the incident. This contradicted the witness’s claim in his statement to Mladic's defense that he had heard about the incident years later, during evidence in the Radoslav Brdjanin case
THE HAGUE | 19.11.2014.

‘SELF-ORGANIZED’ SERB GUARDS IN ROGATICA

Mladic’s defense witness claims that the ‘Serb guards’ in the villages around Rogatica were ‘self-organized’. Up until mid-1992 the guards had no contacts with the VRS. The prosecution evidence paints a completely different picture
THE HAGUE | 19.11.2014.

MAKING MUSLIMS FEEL LIKE THEY LIVED ‘IN A GHETTO’

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, Colonel Rajko Sarenac claimed that his 1st Guards Brigade was engaged in combat but that it did not attack civilians. Sarenac’s claim prompted the prosecutor to show documents produced by the VRS Mains Staff which order the subordinate units to make the Muslim population feel like they ‘live in a ghetto’ and to ‘make it possible for them to move out’
THE HAGUE | 18.11.2014.

ARKAN AND ‘ARKAN’S MEN’ ARE RESPONSIBLE

Dusko Corokalo, security officer in the Sana Brigade, says in his statement to Mladic’s defense that Arkan and his men arrived in Sanski Most in September 1995. According to the witness, Arkan and his men were responsible ‘for all the bad things’ that happened to the non-Serb civilians. The prosecutor noted that Muslims and Croats had been killed and detained before the arrival of ‘Arkan’s men’. By 1995, most of the Muslims and Croats had already fled the town, the prosecutor stressed
THE HAGUE | 18.11.2014.

MERON WILL VISIT BH CRIME SCENES

In late November 2014, Theodor Meron, the Tribunal’s President, will meet the victims of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meron will visit Celebici, Uzdol and Sarajevo, the executions sites of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks
THE HAGUE | 17.11.2014.

KARADZIC’S ‘BIOLOGICAL ANALOGIES’

Former president of the Srbac municipality Milos Milincic testified in Ratko Mladic’s defense today. Milincic claims that before the war Radovan Karadzic advocated multi-ethnicity. ‘A garden is most beautiful when it has many colors and flowers’, Karadzic said. To counter those claims, the prosecutor highlighted some of the Bosnian Serb president’s speeches in the Assembly. For example, the prosecutor noted, Karadzic likened the interethnic co-existence to a garden saying ‘there are also plants that can’t grow side by side’, adding, ‘just like a dog and a cat can’t be in the same box’
THE HAGUE | 16.11.2014.
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RATKO MLADIC’S DEFENSE CALLS SIX WITNESSES

The defense case of the former Republika Srpska Army Main Staff commander continues next week. Ratko Mladic is on trial for genocide and other crimes during the war in BH. Six defense witnesses are slated to appear next week
THE HAGUE | 13.11.2014.

‘IGNORANT TYPIST’ MADE A MISTAKE

In a bid to explain why the call to surrender was issued to all Muslims in Gorazde, not just the enemy soldiers, in June 1993, VRS officer Spiro Pereula blamed it on an ‘ignorant typist’ who made a mistake as they typed the document. The document bore his signature because of the urgency of the situation, typical for war
THE HAGUE | 12.11.2014.

TOLIMIR DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOR GENOCIDE IN SREBRENICA AND ZEPA

The appellate hearing in the case against Mladic's former assistant for security and intelligence in the VRS Main Staff mostly focused on the issue of whether the VRS operations in Zepa could be qualified as acts of genocide if considered separately from Srebrenica, and whether the Trial Chamber erred when it concluded that the three leading public figures in Zepa were killed with the specific intent to destroy a part of the Muslim community