THE HAGUE | 31.07.2015.

INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE 'STORM IN THE HAGUE' OPENS IN ZAGREB

SENSE Centre for Transitional Justice presents a new project, following in the footsteps of the Srebrenica Documentation Center which opened last year. 'Storm in The Hague' is an interactive narrative presenting the key elements of the prosecution and defense cases on five fundamental and contentious issues at the trial of the Croatian generals charged with crimes during and after Operation Storm in August 1995
THE HAGUE | 29.07.2015.

HADZIC’S COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS ‘INTACT’, ATTENTION LOW

Dr Daniel A. Martell, specialist in neuro-psychology, has concluded after examining Goran Hadzic that his cognitive functions were ‘intact’. According to Dr. Martell, Hadzic’s biggest problems were his lack of ‘strength’ and ‘attention span’
THE HAGUE | 23.07.2015.

NEW HEARING ON HADZIC’S HEALTH

The Trial Chamber has scheduled a hearing for 29 July 2015 to hear the medical experts’ conclusions on Hadzic’s ability to take part in his trial
THE HAGUE | 17.07.2015.

SUMMER COURT RECESS

The ICTY summer recess starts on Monday 20 July 2015. During the recess, there will be no trials, status conferences or other hearings. The trial of Ratko Mladic will resume on Monday, 10 August 2015. The trial of Goran Hadzic has been temporarily suspended since October 2014, due to the illness of the accused. It is not announced yet when the trial will resume.

SENSE will report on any extraordinary events if they occur.
THE HAGUE | 16.07.2015.

LIFE IN GRBAVICA: HELL AND HARMONY

Zdravko Salipur, former member of the Crisis Staff of the Serb municipality of Novo Sarajevo, testified at the trial of Ratko Mladic today. Salipur said that life in Grbavica was ‘hell’ because of the constant shelling and sniping from BH Army positions. On the other hand, in his statement to the defense Salipur depicted the life led by the non-Serbs there as ‘harmonious’. According to Salipur, Bosniaks and Croats enjoyed all the rights and freedoms
THE HAGUE | 16.07.2015.

FROM YES TO NO AND BACK AGAIN

Yesterday General Bosko Kelecevic admitted that the Bosnian Serb main strategic goal – the separation of Serbs from the other two ethnic groups in BH – had been implemented through the commission of the gravest crimes against Muslim and Croat civilians. In the re-examination today, the witness ‘categorically denied’ it. When the prosecutor pressed him, Kelecevic agreed that the non-Serbs ‘had no other choice’ but to leave because their property had been destroyed
THE HAGUE | 15.07.2015.

CRIMES PAVED WAY TO SERB STATE IN BH

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, General Bosko Kelecevic admits that the goal of the Bosnian Serb military and political leadership, to separate Serb territories from the other two ethnic communities in BH, was accomplished by the commission of the gravest crimes against the Muslim and Croat civilians. Kelecevic then corrected his testimony, saying that Mladic’s army protected ‘honest people from other ethnic groups’, those who ‘implemented the tasks envisaged by the Serb people’s idea of co-existence’
THE HAGUE | 14.07.2015.

NO PUNISHMENT FOR CRIMES IN BOSNIAN KRAJINA

In the cross-examination of Mladic’s defense witness General Bosko Kelecevic, the prosecutor listed a number of crimes committed in the area of responsibility of the 1st Krajina Corps. The crimes ranged from imprisonment and abuse of civilians in the Manjaca prison camp to the killings in Kljuc and Prijedor; no Serb soldier was ever tried during the war for any of those crimes, the prosecutor stressed. In one case the perpetrators were arrested but were released at the request of the Corps commander Momir Talic
THE HAGUE | 13.07.2015.

OFFICER OF ‘EUROPE’S LARGEST CORPS’ DENIES CRIMES

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, General Bosko Kelecevic, who served as the chief of staff in the 1st Krajina Corps during the war, tried to shift the blame for the events in the Prijedor prison camps on the civilian authorities. According to Kelecevic, the Manjaca prison camp operated in line with ‘the provisions of humanitarian law’. Civilians voluntarily left the area of responsibility of the Krajina Corps, which was ‘possibly Europe’s largest military corps’
THE HAGUE | 13.07.2015.

EXHIBITION ON SREBRENICA IN ZAGREB

To mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, SENSE and Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past, an NGO, presented an exhibition in the Klovicevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb, showing a part of the permanent collection on display at the SENSE Documentation Center in Potocari: the audio and video presentations of the chronicles of the events in Srebrenica and a series of photographs taken during the mass grave exhumations by British forensic photographer Tim Loveless
THE HAGUE | 12.07.2015.
Next week at the Tribunal

PROSECUTION EAGER TO QUESTION DEFENSE WITNESS

Next week, General Bosko Kelecevic will testify in Ratko Mladic’s defense. Kelecevic was the chief of staff of the 1st Krajina Corps. Its area of responsibility included four of the six municipalities where the persecution of non-Serbs reached the scale of genocide, as alleged in the indictment. The prosecution has therefore asked for more than seven hours to cross-examine the general
THE HAGUE | 09.07.2015.

MISSING PERSONS LIST CONTESTED

Ratko Mladic’s defense continued its case with the testimony of Milutin Misic, a member of the board of directors of the BH Institute for Missing Persons. Misic contested the accuracy of the data collected by the International Red Cross, the International Commission for Missing Persons, the missing persons commissions in the two BH entities and his own Institute
THE HAGUE | 09.07.2015.

SRETEN LUKIC’S MOTION FOR REVIEW DENIED

The Appeals Chamber has ruled that the defense of the former chief of the MUP Staff for Kosovo Sreten Lukic did not produce any new evidence which would merit a review of the appellate judgment. Lukic was sentenced to 20 years for the crimes against Kosovo Albanians in 1999
THE HAGUE | 08.07.2015.

PROSECUTION RESTS TOMASICA CASE

At the trial of Ratko Mladic the prosecution rested its case on the Tomasica mass grave with the testimony of Ewa Tabeau. Since 22 June 2015, when the case was reopened, the prosecution has called eight witnesses, including six experts. Written statements of five other witnesses have been admitted into evidence
THE HAGUE | 07.07.2015.

CAUSE OF DEATH – ETHNIC CLEANSING

In the cross-examination of demography expert Ewa Tabeau Ratko Mladic’s defense suggested that the victims exhumed from the Tomasica mine had been killed in combat. Though she didn’t rule out that, Tabeau stated that the victims died a violent death, in the ethnic cleansing campaign in the Prijedor area