THE HAGUE | 31.08.2014.
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HADZIC’S MARATHON EVIDENCE CONTINUES

Ratko Mladic’s defense will call new witnesses. The testimony of Goran Hadzic in his own defense enters into its sixth week
THE HAGUE | 28.08.2014.

HADZIC WORE UNIFORM FOR REASONS OF HYGIENE

In Goran Hadzic’s opinion, his war-time statements didn’t ‘incite violence and reprisals’. He nevertheless still claims he would call for the Croats with ‘blood on their hands’ to be put on trial. He would in fact question their very right to be called humans at all. Did Hadzic wear uniform for reasons of hygiene or for military reasons?
THE HAGUE | 28.08.2014.

NO POINTS FOR PRESENTATION

According to former commander of the Igman Brigade Velimir Dunjic, the VRS documents were ‘too general’ in their assessment of the crimes against the non-Serbs in the Sarajevo area. Dunjic compared those assessments with points awarded for ‘presentation’ in figure skating. In Dunjic’s view, there is nothing controversial about a unit run by the Chetnik warlord Brne being described as a ‘criminal group’ whose actions were detrimental to the Bosnian Serb Army. Brne’s unit operated as part of Dunjic’s brigade
THE HAGUE | 27.08.2014.

PRIORITIES SET BY HADZIC’S GOVERNMENT

The prosecution has suggested that as far as the investigation bodies in the Serb Autonomous Region of Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem were concerned, the priority was to prosecute crimes against Serbs, rather than those involving non-Serb victims. The prosecution showed 29 documents from the Beli Manastir court, in order to prove that only 13 judgments were rendered in cases involving Serb perpetrators. The rest of the cases, 16 in all, never proceeded beyond indictment
THE HAGUE | 27.08.2014.

PROSECUTION CALLS FOR OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT TOMASICA EVIDENCE

The prosecution in the case against Ratko Mladic wants to re-open the case to call evidence on the Tomasica mass grave. The prosecution intends to call 13 witnesses: seven survivors and former employees of the Ljubija mine and six experts, as well as to present 43 yet confidential documents. The three of six experts have already testified.
THE HAGUE | 26.08.2014.

DOCUMENTS FULL OF ‘ERRORS’

War time president of the Ilijas Crisis Staff Ratko Adzic has testified at the trial of Ratko Mladic that there was no plan to expel Muslims and Croats. According to Adzic, Muslims and Croats left the municipality as ‘a result of a difficult and chaotic situation’, not under duress. Adzic has also denied that he had any authority over the Ilijas Brigade. Documents contradicting Adzic’s claims are full of errors, he has told the judges
THE HAGUE | 26.08.2014.

KARADZIC HAS NEW EVIDENCE OF ‘MUSLIM CRIMES’

Former Bosnian Serb president submitted a motion seeking to re-open the defense case to tender into evidence the cables sent by US general James Jones in February 1993. In the cables, Muslims are accused of attacking UNPROFOR members in Sarajevo
THE HAGUE | 26.08.2014.

HADZIC: POLITICAL UNTRUTHS ARE NOT LIES

Former Serb political leader in Croatia Goran Hadzic contends that his statements were ‘statements made by a politician’; their purpose was to ‘increase [his] consequence’. ‘To exaggerate a situation or to misrepresent it’, Hadzic argued, ‘isn’t a lie’. According to the prosecution, Hadzic’s statements ‘incited violence and spread hatred’
THE HAGUE | 25.08.2014.

SERB MAJORITY ACHIEVED BY MAKING NON-SERBS LEAVE AND SETTLING SERBS

In the cross-examination of Goran Hadzic, the prosecutor put it to him that his government implemented a policy designed to achieve a Serb majority in Eastern Slavonia: non-Serbs were made to leave the area and Serbs from Western Slavonia came in to replace them. Hadzic argues that the JNA was the sole culprit for the expulsions
THE HAGUE | 25.08.2014.

MLADIC’S DEFENSE: WE DON’T WASTE COURT TIME

Ratko Mladic’s defense disagrees with the Trial Chamber’s view that it ‘has been wasting’ court time by calling evidence of ‘questionable relevance’. Mladic’s defense is against the Trial Chamber’s instructions on the more efficient use of time, arguing that the ‘rules cannot be changed’ at this stage in the proceedings
THE HAGUE | 25.08.2014.

DID SERBS ASSIST CROATS FOR HUMANITARIAN OR OPPORTUNISTIC REASONS?

A prosecution witness at the trial of Ratko Mladic has argued that in the fall of 1993 the Bosnian Serb army and police helped Croatian civilians move from Vares to Kiseljak in order to protect them from the BH Army attacks. The prosecution has presented evidence showing that it was done to allow the Serb side to improve its position with a view to carving up BH. The Trial Chamber doesn’t like Mladic’s ‘games’
THE HAGUE | 24.08.2014.
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MLADIC AND HADZIC BACK IN COURT

After the Tribunal’s summer recess, Ratko Mladic’s defense continues its case with witnesses who will testify about the situation in the Sarajevo theatre. As the first defense witness, Goran Hadzic will continue his evidence about his role in Eastern Croatia during the war
THE HAGUE | 22.08.2014.

KARADZIC MOTION TO INVESTIGATE PROSECUTION DENIED

Judge Vagn Joensen has accepted the Trial Chamber’s finding that all the delays in the disclosure of evidence to Karadzic’s defense to date are not due to any malicious intent on the part of the prosecution. The accused’s motion to appoint a prosecutor amicus curiae to investigate and launch contempt of court proceedings against the prosecution team has thus been denied
THE HAGUE | 14.08.2014.

NO RE-MATCH IN KARADZIC CASE

The Trial Chamber has rejected Radovan Karadzic’s demand for a new trial, noting that the separate and cumulative effects of the prosecution’s failure to disclose evidence on time have not harmed the accused to an extent that would require a re-trial
THE HAGUE | 01.08.2014.

KARADZIC SEEKS A REMATCH

After his attempt to disqualify all the judges in his Trial Chamber failed, Karadzic has filed a new motion for a re-trial based on ‘the cumulative effect’ of the prosecution’s failure to disclose the evidence on time