THE HAGUE | 18.12.2014.

HEAD OF MLADIC’S INFORMATION SERVICE CLAIMS HE DID NOT RECEIVE INFORMATION

VRS colonel Milovan Milutinovic said at Mladic’s trial, ‘I have not heard until today’ that the Srebrenica men, who had been separated from women and children in Potocari, were killed. According to him, the report produced by NIOD, a Dutch institute, found that there ‘was no plan’ to commit the crime in Srebrenica. As he told the court, he did not misinterpret the words of a British journalist who had purportedly said that Muslims in Sarajevo were shooting at their own people: it was in fact the TANJUG agency. Ratko Mladic’s trial will be adjourned until 19 January 2014
THE HAGUE | 17.12.2014.

THIN LINE IN MLADIC WITNESS'S HEART

Boro Tadic, former head of the Sanski Most Military District, admitted that during the war he ‘assigned for use’ non-Serb civilians. They were used to dig trenches at the front lines. In Tadic’s view, that was in line with the Geneva conventions because the commanders made sure the civilians were safe. Asked to define the 'thin line' between hazardous and safe work at the front lines, the witness replied that he made that distinction ‘in his heart’
THE HAGUE | 17.12.2014.

NEW WITNESS, OLD CLAIMS

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, former Sarajevo public prosecutor Rato Runjevac repeated the defense allegations that the court has heard before: the other side was to blame for the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Runjevac also confirmed the defense case that the independence referendum was unconstitutional, that a Serb wedding guest was murdered, that there were armed criminals in Sarajevo. After receiving threats, Runjevac went to Trebinje on 30 April 1992
THE HAGUE | 16.12.2014.

WITNESSES ROLL OFF ASSEMBLY LINE

Marjan Jesic, former driver in the Prijedor Territorial Defense, has testified about the attack of Muslim forces on the town on 30 May 1992. In his evidence Jesic recounted how he was wounded in the incident and how his extended family members were killed in the Ustasha prison camp in Jasenovac
THE HAGUE | 16.12.2014.

‘TRICK’ TO PREVENT NATO STRIKES

Snjezan Lalovic, a journalist of the former Serb Radio Television, claims that his editor, not Ratko Mladic, ordered him to interview detained UN staff in May 1995. Lalovic confirmed nevertheless that the UN staff were interviewed to prevent further NATO strikes
THE HAGUE | 16.12.2014.

WHO NEEDED WAR IN BH?

Vojislav Kupresanin, former Autonomous Region of Krajina official, stated in the re-examination that the Bosnian Serb army was the ‘third or fourth or possibly the fifth strongest army in the world'. As he said, during the war, he was in favor of capturing the entire territory of BH and annexing it to Serbia, but Pale leadership was only interested in protecting the Serb people. As a result, his idea was not taken up, Kupresanin explained. Kupresanin blamed the international community and Western Europe for the disintegration of Yugoslavia. As far as Kupresanin could remember, he didn’t say that the war ‘was necessary for the Serb nation’
THE HAGUE | 15.12.2014.

'FULL PICTURE OF THE TRUTH' IN MLADIC'S DEFENSE

In 2001, Vojislav Kupresanin was interviewed by the OTP investigators. In his statement, he offered a completely different story than the one he told last year at the Karadzic trial and today in his evidence in the case against Mladic. Confronted with this claim, former Bosnian Serb official explained that in the meantime he had learned new facts and was 'able to put together a full picture of the truth’. The witness did not stint on praise for the accused. Mladic, in turn, applauded his witness loudly and was removed from court
THE HAGUE | 14.12.2014.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC’S LAST APPEARANCE IN 2014

In the last week before the Tribunal’s winter recess, the trial of Ratko Mladic for four different joint criminal enterprises in BH continues with the evidence of Vojislav Kupresanin, journalist Snjezan Lalovic, a protected witness, one witness from Prijedor and one from Sanski Most and finally, Milovan Milutinovic. Vojislav Kupresanin was a Bosnian Serb official in Krajina and Milovan Milutinovic headed the VRS Main Staff’s information center
THE HAGUE | 11.12.2014.

KRAJINA PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR THEIR MONEY

In his testimony in Ratko Mladic’s defense, former president of the Autonomous Region Krajina has said that the entity was established for economic reasons, to stop the cash from flowing to Sarajevo. The prosecutor put it to him that the creation of Serb regions and their consequent unification into a republic – from which Muslims and Croats were expelled – was a political process
THE HAGUE | 10.12.2014.

MUSLIMS FLED IN FEAR OF MUSLIMS

VRS officer Milovan Lelek claims that Muslims were leaving Rogatica in fear of their extremist compatriots, who did not like the fact that the two ethnic groups were able to live side by side in good terms, The prosecutor countered his claim with the evidence on the expulsions of civilians by the Serb authorities from those villages where the residents were loyal to them
THE HAGUE | 10.12.2014.

PRESIDENT FOCUSES ON HEALTH, PROSECUTOR ON TRUST

Theodor Meron, the Tribunal’s President, and its chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz presented their regular bi-annual reports on the work of the Tribunal to the UN Security Council. In the President’s view, the detainees’ health is the main challenge. On the other hand, the prosecutor focused on the trust in the Tribunal that is "under strain". The chief prosecutor also mentioned many achievements that would remain the Tribunal’s legacy
THE HAGUE | 09.12.2014.

CRIMES IN ‘GOOD CONDITIONS’ IN MANJACA

Through Bosko Amidzic, Ratko Mladic’s defense wants to prove that the conditions in the Manjaca military prison camp were good. The prosecutor contests the claim with documents from two humanitarian organizations, Merhamet and the International Red Cross, which speak about prisoners being beaten. The 1st Krajina Corps command knew about the crimes, including murders, the prosecutor argues
THE HAGUE | 08.12.2014.

WHO ORDERED ATTACK ON POFALICI?

Commenting on the attack of Pofalici in May 1992, a protected prosecution witness claimed that Ratko Mladic may not have been the person who actually ordered it. It could have been a man called Milenko or Milanko Mladic, the witness explained. According to an intercepted conversation, parts of Sarajevo ‘where there were not many Serbs’ were to be attacked. As the witness explained, that was not an attack on the non-Serb civilians but on the soldiers who had expelled Serbs
THE HAGUE | 07.12.2014.
Next Week at the Tribunal

KUPRESANIN TO TESTIFY ABOUT KARADZIC’S AND MLADIC’S RELATIONSHIP

Vojislav Kupresanin, former president of the Autonomous Region of Krajina Assembly, is among the witnesses slated to testify in Ratko Mladic’s defense next week. In his evidence at the trial of Radovan Karadzic, Kupresanin claimed that the former Republika Srpska president didn’t have control over Mladic. According to Kupresanin, the relationship between Karadzic and Mladic had always been tense
THE HAGUE | 05.12.2014.

CORIC SEEKS PROVISIONAL RELEASE

Valentin Coric has filed a request for provisional release pending the appellate hearing in his case. He has been tried with five other former Herceg Bosna officials. In the motion, Coric notes that in early December 2014 he will have served two thirds of his 16-year prison sentence