THE HAGUE | 22.05.2015.

WHAT IS ARTILLERY SUPPORT?

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, artillery officer Savo Simic explained the difference between planned artillery support and actual results. According to Simic, ‘the planned quantity of fire is always higher than the fire actually delivered’
THE HAGUE | 22.05.2015.

HADZIC’S PROVISIONAL RELEASE EXTENDED

The Trial Chamber has granted the defense’s request to allow Goran Hadzic to return to Serbia after a brief sojourn in The Hague. Hadzic was permitted to continue his treatment in Serbia and to recuperate from chemotherapy. The Trial Chamber notes that Hadzic must return to the detention unit to undergo a new medical examination when ordered to do so. The decision has not been enforced yet, pending the decision on the prosecution’s appeal
THE HAGUE | 21.05.2015.

THIN LINE BETWEEN UNLAWFUL AND LAWFUL SHELLING

In his evidence at Ratko Mladic’s trial, Colonel Savo Simic explained that the shelling of civilian facilities, densely populated areas or civilian routes was ‘unlawful’, but only if those facilities were not located near any enemy firing positions
THE HAGUE | 20.05.2015.

WHERE WAS MLADIC IN THE EVENING ON 16 JULY 1995?

Witness Velo Pajic served in the 67th Communications Regiment in Mladic's Main Staff during the war. Today he testified about radio relays and telephone and cable communication lines between the various VRS commands. In the cross-examination, the prosecutor tried to establish Mladic's whereabouts in the evening of 16 July 1995 - the last day of Srebrenica executions - based on intercepted conversations
THE HAGUE | 19.05.2015.

PUBLIC DECEIVED ABOUT 'DEFENSIVE' MILITARY ACTIONS

In Savo Sokanovic’s cross-examination, the prosecutor noted that the VRS tried to ‘deceive the public’ and present all offensive actions as self-defense. The VRS knew that such activities ‘caused criticism of the international community', the prosecutor added. Sokanovic initially claimed he ‘didn’t know about any criticism’, but then he suddenly recalled that the Main Staff Department of Information mentioned it in its reports
THE HAGUE | 18.05.2015.

WHAT DID MLADIC'S ARMY WANT TO ACHIEVE?

In his evidence at the trial of his former commander, General Savo Sokanovic covered a wide range of issues. Sokanovic spoke about the treatment of foreign journalists, civilians and prison-ers of war, but he also said something about the VRS objectives in the war. According to Soka-novic, 'at all times' the army's goal was to 'protect the population and the territory, to establish freedom and set up a permanent and fair peace'
THE HAGUE | 17.05.2015.
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MLADIC ‘RETURNS’ TO SARAJEVO

In the final stage of Ratko Mladic’s defense case the defense will call Savo Simic to the witness stand. The former artillery chief in the 1st Sarajevo Motorized Brigade noted in his statement he was ‘convinced’ the Bosnian Serb Army was not to blame for the two attacks on the Markale town market in Sarajevo. According to Simic, the Serb army was not responsible for other attacks on civilian facilities in the city either. The defense will also call two other high-ranking VRS officers, Savo Sokanovic and Velo Pajic, and Milutin Misic, who works in the VRS Missing Persons Institute
THE HAGUE | 14.05.2015.

WHAT HAPPENED TO PRIJEDOR MEDICAL DOCTORS?

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, former ambulance driver in Prijedor Goran Dragojevic was unstinting in his praise for the non-Serb medical doctors he had worked with. Asked if he knew that many of them ended up detained or killed, Dragojevic first said that he didn’t know anything about that. Eventually, he did admit that they had ‘suffered’. He didn’t know the details because in May 1992 he was wounded and sent to Belgrade for medical treatment
THE HAGUE | 13.05.2015.

WAR CRIMES IN 'VACUUM'

According to witness Slobodan Radulj, former state attorney in Prijedor and deputy military prosecutor in Banja Luka, in the first year of the war there was a 'legal vacuum', which was an ideal environment for thieves and criminals. It is difficult to comprehend the crimes that happened as a result
THE HAGUE | 12.05.2015.

WHO WERE THE VICTIMS OF ORIC'S ATTACK ON BIJELOVAC: CIVILIANS OR SOLDIERS?

In her evidence at Ratko Mladic's trial, Slavka Matic described the attack of the Muslim forces on the village of Bjelovac in the Srebrenica municipality in December 1992. According to Matic, 68 persons were killed in the attack, including her husband and two daughters. Using VRS documents, the prosecutor showed that 55 victims were members of the Bratunac Brigade
THE HAGUE | 12.05.2015.

WAS PECANAC MLADIC'S MAN FOR 'SPECIAL TASKS'?

In the cross-examination of Dragan Todorovic, who was the logistics officer in the 10th Com-mando Detachment, the prosecutor showed video recordings from 1996 and 1997. According to the prosecutor, these videos show that Dragomir Pecanac was so close to Ratko Mladic that he was more than just an aide to the Main Staff commander. According to the prosecutor, the wit-ness was also Mladic's man for 'special tasks' such as capturing and killing Avdo Palic or setting up a platoon for the mass execution at the Branjevo farm
THE HAGUE | 11.05.2015.

SETTING UP EXECUTION SQUAD FOR BRANJEVO

Dragan Todorovic served in the VRS 10th Commando Detachment during the war. He testified in Ratko Mladic's defense. This is the fourth time he has appeared as a witness before the Tribunal. He testified as a prosecution witness in the cases against the Srebrenica Seven, Tolimir and Karadzic
THE HAGUE | 10.05.2015.
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PREPARATIONS TO FULFILL ‘SPECIAL TASK’ IN BRANJEVO

In his evidence at Ratko Mladic's trial, Dragan Todorovic, former logistic officer in the 10th Commando Detachment, will explain who was selected and how for a 'special task’ in the Branjevo farm. On 16 July 1995, more than 1,000 male prisoners from Srebrenica were executed at that location
THE HAGUE | 07.05.2015.

NOT A WORD ABOUT SREBRENICA VICTIMS

Ratko Mladic's defense witness agreed that after the fall of Srebrenica 'some' of prisoners were executed. His 'upbringing' and his 'respect for the victims' didn't allow to speculate on the numbers. The witness refused to accept the prosecution's allegation about 'thousands', of victims
THE HAGUE | 07.05.2015.

SMUGGLING ARMS THROUGH SERB KRAJINA

In his evidence at the trial of Ratko Mladic, retired air force colonel Janko Kecman described how weapons were smuggled into the protected zones of Bihac and Srebrenica. Kecman also recounted how the aircraft used to transport the arms were shot down. According to Kecman, the UN peacekeepers proved themselves dishonorable because they were also involved in the smuggling operation