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
THE HAGUE | 16.10.2014.

CRIME COMMITTED BY ‘DERANGED PERSON’ OUT OF MLADIC’S CONTROL

Former local official Mile Ujic denied there was intent to expel Muslims from Rogatica through the systematic commission of crimes. Ujic also claimed that the Serb authorities protected Muslim civilians by putting them up in ‘safe houses’, which are labelled prison centers by the prosecution. Ujic admitted that 25 persons were taken out from one of the ‘safe houses’ and killed. In Ujic’s opinion, this was an act of a ‘deranged person, who was not acting on anyone’s orders, and was not under anyone’s command’
THE HAGUE | 16.10.2014.

SHEPHERDS EXCHANGED FOR PRISONERS, SHEEP BURIED IN OVCARA

Hadzic’s defense witness Savo Strbac says that Croats would capture shepherds in the fields or women and the elderly, whom they accused of being snipers, and then exchanged them for prisoners of war. The prosecutor tried to discredit the witness noting that in a legal brief Strbac argued it was lawful to kill civilians in war. The court also heard about the stories that sheep were buried on Ovcara and the general reliability of information collected by Strbac’s NGO, Veritas
THE HAGUE | 15.10.2014.

PROSECUTOR IGNORES WITNESS’S EULOGIES ABOUT MLADIC

In the cross-examination of Ratomir Maksimovic, former officer in the Sarajevo-Romanija Corps, the prosecutor paid no attention to the witness’s claims that the accused was ‘a capable, energetic and modest’ soldier, devoted to ‘the tradition and chivalry’ of the Serb army. Instead, the prosecutor focused on interrogating the witness about the structure and role of the Bosnian Serb army in the Sarajevo theatre of war
THE HAGUE | 15.10.2014.

INVISIBLE PRESIDENT

Savo Strbac, former secretary in the Republic of Serbian Krajina cabinet and president of the Commission for Exchange of Prisoners, has described President Goran Hadzic as having minimum powers and making rare appearances. Instead of attending government meetings where he wasn’t expected in the first place, Hadzic would claim he had not been able to travel from Vukovar to Knin because of the war
THE HAGUE | 14.10.2014.

SUSA: OVCARA WAS TRAGEDY FOR FAMILIES AND SERB NATION

Former justice minister in Hadzic’s government Vojin Susa denied the prosecutor’s suggestion that the prime minister and other people who were at a meeting in Velepromet in Vukovar on 20 November 1991 knew ‘what had happened in Ovcara but didn’t want to disclose it to the public’. ‘If I had known about Ovcara, I would have done everything to investigate the event. It is a tragedy not only for the families but for my nation, too’, Susa said about the murder of about 200 prisoners from the Vukovar Hospital
THE HAGUE | 14.10.2014.

PRISONERS WERE KILLED IN LINE WITH GENEVA CONVENTIONS

Mladic’s defense witness claimed that during the war the Serb fighters in Rogatica observed the Geneva Conventions. The prosecutor was prompted to contest the claim with a report by the Rogatica Brigade commander, which states that in the summer of 1995 after the fall of Zepa ‘five Balijas were arrested and killed’. According to the document, an unarmed ‘Ustasha from Srebrenica’ was also killed
THE HAGUE | 13.10.2014.

ROGATICA TEEMING WITH MUSLIM ‘VOLUNTEERS’

The prosecutor put it to Mladic's defense witness Milenko Jankovic that non-Serbs from Rogatica were expelled, detained and made to perform forced labor at the front lines. Jankovic claimed Muslims left the municipality of their own free will, came to collection centers and even volunteered to help the Serb units, right at the demarcation line
THE HAGUE | 13.10.2014.

HOW CROATS WERE MOVED OUT AND SERBS RESETTLED TO ACHIEVE SERB MAJORITY

In Vojin Susa's cross-examination, the prosecutor argued that in the SAO Eastern Slavonia and later in the Republic of Serbian Krajina, Croats were forced to move out to make way for ethnic Serbs who were resettled in the region to establish a ‘territory with a Serb majority’. Susa replied that there ‘were no significant changes in the ethnic composition'
THE HAGUE | 12.10.2014.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC BACK IN COURT

After a one-week break, former VRS Main Staff commander Ratko Mladic will return to court. Goran Hadzic’s defense case continues
THE HAGUE | 10.10.2014.

JUDICIAL PRIORITIES

The prosecutor used a series of documents issued by the public prosecutor’s office in Vukovar to prove that the priority of the judiciary in the SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem, and indeed in the Republic of Serbian Krajina, was to prosecute war crimes, and in particular genocide, but only if it involved Serb victims. Former justice minister in Goran Hadzic’s government Vojin Susa claimed that there were ‘more indictments against Serbs who committed crimes against Croats than vice versa’