THE HAGUE | 24.03.2015.

VIDOJE BLAGOJEVIC’S ‘DEFENSE ZONE’

Through the evidence of the former commander of the Bratunac Brigade, Ratko Mladic’s defense is trying to prove that the Bosnian Serb army did not issue ‘illegal’ orders that violated laws of war or endangered prisoners’ lives. The witness was convicted by the Tribunal for the Srebrenica crimes
THE HAGUE | 24.03.2015.

HOW TO CONTINUE HADZIC’S TRIAL

The prosecution has proposed a series of measures that would reduce the time needed for the defense case without compromising the fairness and integrity of the trial. Hadzic’s trial could thus continue and end regardless of Hadzic’s serious medical condition
THE HAGUE | 23.03.2015.

WHO ARE TURKS FROM GORAZDE?

The prosecutor notes that the Bosnian Serb army aimed to expel the non-Serb population from Gorazde and tries to corroborate the claim by showing an order issued by witness Dragisa Masal on 11 April 1994. 'Keep pushing energetically onwards. The Turks must disappear from these areas', the witness quoted Mladic as saying. Masal explained that the term Turks was used for the enemy soldiers, never for Muslim civilians
THE HAGUE | 22.03.2015.
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ANOTHER SREBRENICA WEEK AT TRIBUNAL

The defense of Ratko Mladic, former VRS Main Staff commander, continues calling evidence on the events in Srebrenica in July 1995. Four witnesses have already given evidence at the previous Srebrenica trials. Milorad Pelemis, former commander of the 10th Sabotage Detachment, will appear before the Tribunal for the first time
THE HAGUE | 20.03.2015.

PROSECUTION OPPOSES FOUR-MONTH BREAK AT MLADIC TRIAL

According to the prosecution, the defense’s demand for an almost four-month break at the trial is unacceptable. The defense has asked for the break in order to be able to prepare its case on the Tomasica mass grave near Prijedor. The Trial Chamber has proposed that the prosecution should open its case in May or June 2015. The defense, on the other hand, wants the case to be postponed until late August 2015
THE HAGUE | 19.03.2015.

FROM DEFENSE TO SELF-DEFENSE

General Dragisa Masal called to The Hague to testify as Ratko Mladic’s defense witness, but as his testimony progressed, he had to defend himself against the prosecutor's accusations that he was responsible for the shelling of civilian areas in Gorazde, burning down houses, unlawful detention of civilians and an abduction in Strpci
THE HAGUE | 18.03.2015.

DEFENSE WANTS DETAILED REPORTS ON HADZIC'S HEALTH

In its latest motion, the defense notes that Hadzic is not dealing well with the treatment for his brain tumor and the numerous side effects. The defense wants to receive daily reports on the health of the accused
THE HAGUE | 18.03.2015.

UPLEASANT STENCH OF DEAD BODIES

Dragoslav Trisic, former assistant commander in the VRS Bratunac Brigade, claims he knew nothing about the mass executions of Muslim prisoners in Srebrenica in July 1995. He did hear rumors about an incident in Kravica. Although he lived in Bratunac, he did not feel 'the unpleasant stench of dead bodies' that spread all over the town when the bodies were moved to new sites in September and October 1995
THE HAGUE | 17.03.2015.

‘TOP PROFESSIONAL’ UNINFORMED

Milenko Karisik claims he knows nothing about the Srebrenica operation and that he knew nothing about it when it was launched. The prosecutor contradicted Karisik’s claims with documents that show the witness received reports about the police involvement in the attack on Srebrenica and the imprisonment of the Muslim men. Furthermore, after the war, Karisik issued false papers to soldiers who had taken part in the executions of Muslims at the Branjevo farm
THE HAGUE | 16.03.2015.

WERE BOSNIAN SERBS FORCED TO SPLIT FROM BH INTERIOR MINISTRY OR WAS IT ALL PART OF A PLAN

As he testified in Ratko Mladic's defense, police general Milenko Karisik claimed that the Muslim side turned the BH Interior Ministry into 'an instrument for the intimidation of Serbs'. As a result, the ministry was split in two. The prosecutor showed him evidence that the division had been planned well ahead of the events by the Bosnian Serb leadership
THE HAGUE | 16.03.2015.

HADZIC TO REMAIN IN THE HAGUE

Goran Hadzic has petitioned the judges to grant him provisional release until May 2015, but his motion has been denied. The Trial Chamber stresses that the proceedings are still ‘ongoing’. Hadzic has access to ‘appropriate’ care and "high-quality" conditions for the treatment of his brain tumor, the Trial Chamber notes. Since it is not certain how Hadzic will respond to the treatment, the Trial Chamber considers there is no reason to grant Hadzic provisional release on humanitarian grounds
THE HAGUE | 15.03.2015.
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SREBRENICA EVENTS AT MLADIC’S TRIAL

Next week police general Milenko Karisik will give evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. At Karadzic’s trial, Karisik tried to shift the blame for the events after the Srebrenica operation on the army. It will thus be interesting to see how the witness will adapt his previous allegations to the need to defend Mladic now. Former commander of the Bratunac Brigade Vidoje Blagojevic, who has been sentenced to 15 years at the Tribunal, is also expected to testify, as are Dragoslav Trisic and Dragoslav Masal. Trisic was Blagojevic’s assistant for logistics and Dragoslav Masal was the artillery chief in the VRS Main Staff
THE HAGUE | 12.03.2015.

IMPUNITY POLICY IN REPUBLIKA SRPSKA ARMY

Through the evidence of Miso Rodic, former intelligence officer in the 43rd Prijedor Brigade, the defense tried to show the multi-ethnic nature of the Republika Srpska Army. The prosecutor on the other hand highlighted the impunity policy pursued by the army vis-à-vis those who committed crimes against the non-Serbs
THE HAGUE | 12.03.2015.

‘CRUEL AND INHUMANE TREATMENT’ OF MILAN LUKIC IN ESTONIAN PRISON

Milan Lukic has been sentenced to life in prison at the Tribunal for the crimes against Muslims in Visegrad. Lukic, who is serving his sentence in Estonia, has now demanded to be transferred to a prison in some other country. It is complicated to maintain relations with his family and the language barrier inflicts on Lukic "growing psychological harm"
THE HAGUE | 12.03.2015.

MLADIC'S DEFENSE: MORE TIME AND MONEY FOR TOMASICA INVESTIGATION

Ratko Mladic's defense has opposed the judges’ proposal that the prosecution begin calling evidence on the Tomasica mass grave near Prijedor in May 2015. The defense wants the case to be reopened later, and not before mid-August 2015. Mladic’s lawyers have also called for more money for their investigations