THE HAGUE | 30.10.2014.

WAR STORIES FROM FOCA HOSPITAL

Veljko Maric, a medical doctor and war-time director of the Foca Hospital, has claimed that the hospital didn’t discriminate against people on the basis of their ethnicity. He also claimed that Muslims left the municipality voluntarily. The prosecutor noted that civilians: women, children, the elderly, and indeed some of the witness’s colleagues, were detained, abused and killed. Civilians were thus forced to abandon their homes, the prosecutor stressed
THE HAGUE | 29.10.2014.

MLADIC’S WITNESS: ‘NO ONE STARVED TO DEATH IN WAR IN BH’

The prosecutor showed evidence of the critical humanitarian situation in Srebrenica in the first half of 1995. There were reports that people were starving to death in the enclave because humanitarian convoys were denied passage through the Bosnian Serb territory. Mladic’s defense witness Slavko Kralj replied that it was all ‘propaganda’
THE HAGUE | 28.10.2014.

LETING HUMANITARIAN CONVOYS THROUGH

In his evidence in Mladic’s defense, Colonel Slavko Kralj said that during the war the Bosnian Serb army regularly let the convoys with humanitarian aid for the Muslim and Croat enclaves in BH pass through their territory. The prosecutor confronted Kralj with a letter from the Main Staff in which Karadzic’s Directive 7 is invoked. The troops are ordered to "reduce and limit [the logistic support of UNPROFOR to the enclaves and] the supply of material resources to the Muslim population... through planned and unobtrusively restrictive issuing of permits"
THE HAGUE | 27.10.2014.

WAR-TIME ASSISTANT DEFENDS MLADIC

Speaking about the character of the accused Ratko Mladic, his war-time assistant Rajko Banduka praised Mladic’s education, humanism and professionalism. The witness claimed that he had spent the entire war with Mladic in Crna Rijeka in ‘very modest circumstances’. The ‘humble abode’ was in fact a one-storey villa called Javor located near the entrance to an underground bunker, the prosecutor said
THE HAGUE | 26.10.2014.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC WILL BE ALONE IN COURT

Because of the ill health of the accused Goran Hadzic, his trial will be adjourned next week. Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, will be the only accused to appear in court at the Tribunal
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