THE HAGUE | 23.10.2014.

RHYME DID NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE

Three of Mladic’s defense witnesses have insisted that Foca was not renamed Srbinje in order to highlight the absolute Serb majority in the town but in order to make it rhyme with the neighboring municipalities of Nevesinje, Ljubinje and Trebinje. This prompted the presiding judge to ask why after the war the old name was reinstated at the Muslim request. ‘Should not a good rhyme work for everyone?’, the presiding judge asked
THE HAGUE | 23.10.2014.

PROSECUTION MOTION TO CALL EVIDENCE ON TOMASICA GRANTED

Judge Orie’s Trial Chamber has granted the prosecution motion seeking leave to reopen its case in order to call evidence on the Tomasica mass grave. The judges ruled that ‘new evidence’ was relevant for the indictment with respect to the crimes in the municipalities
THE HAGUE | 22.10.2014.

DNA ANALYSIS CONTRADICTS SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL

Mladic’s defense witness Tomislav Savkic argued that the bodies of the Srebrenica inhabitants who had been killed in combat were buried in a mass grave by the road from Konjevic Polje to Nova Kasaba. The prosecutor contested the claim with photos showing that the victims had their hands tied with wire. This prompted Savkic to suggest that they might be Serbs. The DNA analysis showed that all the exhumed victims were Muslims, the prosecutor retorted
THE HAGUE | 22.10.2014.

TOLIMIR’S APPELLATE HEARING SLATED FOR 12 NOVEMBER 2014

At the regular status conference in the appellate proceedings Tolimir had no complaints about his health or the conditions in the detention unit. The appellate hearing has been slated for 12 November 2014
THE HAGUE | 22.10.2014.

GENERAL DJORDJEVIC IN GERMAN PRISON

Theodor Meron, president of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, has decided that the police general Vlastimir Djordjevic is to serve the rest of his 18-year sentence in Germany. Djordjevic was found guilty of crimes against Kosovo Albanians
THE HAGUE | 21.10.2014.

HOW FOCA BECAME SRBINJE

Former president of the Foca municipal executive board Radojica Mladjenovic denied that Muslims had been expelled from Foca. He did admit that the town that before the war had the same percentage of Serbs and Muslims turned into a ‘Serb municipality’ with a 99 per cent Serb majority. The witness contested the allegation that the town's name was changed to Srbinje to reflect that. There was a need to make the name rhyme with the names of the neighboring municipalities of Trebinje, Ljubinje, etc.
THE HAGUE | 20.10.2014.

HADZIC ABSENT ON TUESDAY

The trial of Goran Hadzic has been postponed because of his health problems. Last Friday, the former prime minister of the SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem fainted and had to be given medical aid. The doctors are monitoring Hadzic’s condition
THE HAGUE | 20.10.2014.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ARMY FOR EXECUTION OF PRISONERS IN RASADNIK FARM

Mladic’s defense witness claims that a ‘deranged person not acting under anyone’s command’ killed about 25 persons taken out from the Rasadnik prison camp in Rogatica in mid-August 1992. The prosecutor contradicts the claim, alleging that the crime was in fact committed by a unit commander in the Rogatica Brigade, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime before the State Court in Sarajevo
THE HAGUE | 19.10.2014.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC, HADZIC AND TOLIMIR BACK IN COURT

Ratko Mladic’s defense case continues next week. One of Mladic’s closest associates, General Zdravko Tolimir, will appear in court at a status conference in his appellate proceedings. Goran Hadzic’s defense case will also continue with the evidence of two ministers in the war-time Serb government in Croatia
THE HAGUE | 17.10.2014.

MILAN MARTIC WANTS TO MOVE FROM ESTONIA

Former Krajina Serb leader petitions the Tribunal’s President to allow him to move from a prison in Estonia to Denmark, Austria or some third country with better prison conditions. Martic is not satisfied with the conditions in the Estonian prison: there are communal showers, he has to share his cell with another prisoner, is given little time for sport activities and medical care is poor
THE HAGUE | 16.10.2014.

CRIME COMMITTED BY ‘DERANGED PERSON’ OUT OF MLADIC’S CONTROL

Former local official Mile Ujic denied there was intent to expel Muslims from Rogatica through the systematic commission of crimes. Ujic also claimed that the Serb authorities protected Muslim civilians by putting them up in ‘safe houses’, which are labelled prison centers by the prosecution. Ujic admitted that 25 persons were taken out from one of the ‘safe houses’ and killed. In Ujic’s opinion, this was an act of a ‘deranged person, who was not acting on anyone’s orders, and was not under anyone’s command’
THE HAGUE | 16.10.2014.

SHEPHERDS EXCHANGED FOR PRISONERS, SHEEP BURIED IN OVCARA

Hadzic’s defense witness Savo Strbac says that Croats would capture shepherds in the fields or women and the elderly, whom they accused of being snipers, and then exchanged them for prisoners of war. The prosecutor tried to discredit the witness noting that in a legal brief Strbac argued it was lawful to kill civilians in war. The court also heard about the stories that sheep were buried on Ovcara and the general reliability of information collected by Strbac’s NGO, Veritas
THE HAGUE | 15.10.2014.

PROSECUTOR IGNORES WITNESS’S EULOGIES ABOUT MLADIC

In the cross-examination of Ratomir Maksimovic, former officer in the Sarajevo-Romanija Corps, the prosecutor paid no attention to the witness’s claims that the accused was ‘a capable, energetic and modest’ soldier, devoted to ‘the tradition and chivalry’ of the Serb army. Instead, the prosecutor focused on interrogating the witness about the structure and role of the Bosnian Serb army in the Sarajevo theatre of war
THE HAGUE | 15.10.2014.

INVISIBLE PRESIDENT

Savo Strbac, former secretary in the Republic of Serbian Krajina cabinet and president of the Commission for Exchange of Prisoners, has described President Goran Hadzic as having minimum powers and making rare appearances. Instead of attending government meetings where he wasn’t expected in the first place, Hadzic would claim he had not been able to travel from Vukovar to Knin because of the war
THE HAGUE | 14.10.2014.

SUSA: OVCARA WAS TRAGEDY FOR FAMILIES AND SERB NATION

Former justice minister in Hadzic’s government Vojin Susa denied the prosecutor’s suggestion that the prime minister and other people who were at a meeting in Velepromet in Vukovar on 20 November 1991 knew ‘what had happened in Ovcara but didn’t want to disclose it to the public’. ‘If I had known about Ovcara, I would have done everything to investigate the event. It is a tragedy not only for the families but for my nation, too’, Susa said about the murder of about 200 prisoners from the Vukovar Hospital