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.
Next Week at the Tribunal

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
THE HAGUE | 12.11.2014.

NO MUSLIMS IN ROGATICA BY THE END OF WAR

Former member of the Rogatica Crisis Staff Sveto Veselinovic described the period when Muslims had military control over the municipality. Asked about the crimes perpetrated by Serbs while he was a local official, Veselinovic either denied any knowledge or claimed that he learned about those incidents only after the war. The witness however did remember that there were ‘almost no Muslims left’ in the town by the end of the war
THE HAGUE | 12.11.2014.

STANISIC AND ZUPLJANIN: APPELLATE HEARING IN SPRING OF 2015

At the regular status conference in the appellate proceedings in the case against former Republika Srpska police officials it was indicated that an appellate hearing would most likely be held in April or May 2015
THE HAGUE | 11.11.2014.

‘SERB’ OR ‘INDEPENDENT’ AUTONOMOUS REGIONS?

Mladic’s defense witness has insisted that local authorities were independent from the Bosnian Serb leadership. The acronym ‘SAO’ stood for ’independent [samostalna]’ rather than for 'Serb' autonomous regions, the witness argued. Even when the judges noted that it was rather unusual for an entity to be both independent and autonomous, the witness stuck to his claim. Eventually, the defense gave up on that part of the witness’s testimony
THE HAGUE | 11.11.2014.

WHY JUDGE NIANG OPPOSED SESELJ’S RELEASE

Last week the Senegalese judge opposed the decision to provisionally release Vojislav Seselj. In the separate opinion Judge Niang states that the accused should have made a commitment that he would comply with the conditions for provisional release. In Judge Niang’s opinion, the Tribunal should have secured Seselj’s return to The Hague when it becomes necessary
THE HAGUE | 11.11.2014.

MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE

Has Vojislav Seselj been provisionally released for ‘humanitarian reasons’ pending his trial judgment? Or has Seselj actually forced the Tribunal to expel him from the Detention Unit? Is the miscarriage of the 10 years long painful search for the truth and justice the acceptable price for the punishment of a ‘disloyal judge’?
THE HAGUE | 10.11.2014.

BLAMING THE ‘OTHER SIDE’

Former employee of the State Security Service, first of BH and later of Republika Srpska, blames Croats and Muslims, their paramilitary formations and criminals for starting the war and for the crimes against civilians. In fact, the witness blames everyone but the accused Ratko Mladic and his armed forces