THE HAGUE | 29.01.2015.

AUTONOMOUS REGION OF BIRAC: DID IT PROTECT SERB INTERESTS ONLY?

At Ratko Mladic's trial, Milenko Stanic from Vlasenica persisted that the Birac SAO was not there to protect Serb interests only, as the prosecution alleges. The term 'Serb' in the name of the region was put in the documents he was shown by the prosecution by 'ignorant recording clerks with three years of secondary education'
THE HAGUE | 29.01.2015.

HADZIC WANTS PROVISIONAL RELEASE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

Goran Hadzic, former prime minister of SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem, has asked the judges for urgent 12-week provisional release. As Hadzic explained, he wants to go home to recover from the first stage of the medical treatment he underwent during the past month
THE HAGUE | 28.01.2015.

THOSE WHO KILLED CIVILIANS PUNISHED BY RETURNING TO THEIR UNITS

Mladic’s defense witness Branko Predojevic claims that in Sanski Most the Bosnian Serb Army was under strict orders to protect civilians and prisoners of war. The prosecutor tenders into evidence a series of documents showing that soldiers in the witness's unit, 6th Sana Brigade, and indeed in the battalion under his command, committed mass killings of Muslim and Croat civilians
THE HAGUE | 28.01.2015.

DR KARADZIC’S MEDICAL REPORTS AND REQUESTS

In Radovan Karadzic’s opinion, the detainees' health has deteriorated because they are served frozen food from plastic dishes warmed in microwave ovens. Another reason might be potentially hazardous materials used in the construction of the Detention Unit. Karadzic complains about excessive use of paracetamol, a ‘dangerous drug’. He also asks the judges to allow him to ‘be active professionally as a medical doctor and writer’ and to continue the work of his predecessor Vuk Karadzic
THE HAGUE | 28.01.2015.

INTELLIGENCE OFFICER HAD NO ACCESS TO INTELLIGENCE

Dragan Karac, intelligence officer in the VRS Sana Brigade, blamed Muslims for starting the conflict and capturing the municipal building in April 1992. Karac didn’t know that the SDS had made plans to seize power and to attack the municipal building. Karac was not aware of the Serb crimes in the territory of the Sanski Most municipality. That, as the prosecutor remarked, showed that Karac was a ‘poor intelligence officer’
THE HAGUE | 27.01.2015.

MLADIC ‘SENSITIVE’ TO SUFFERING OF CIVILIANS

Former cameraman in the 2nd Krajina Corps press center Milorad Zoric claims in his statement to the defense that the accused Ratko Mladic protected civilians during the war. Mladic was ‘particularly sensitive’ to the plight of the elderly and children. The prosecutor suggested that Mladic showed no sensitivity when he attacked the non-Serb population in the Bihac protected zone
THE HAGUE | 26.01.2015.

AUTHENTICITY OF INTERCEPTED CONVERSATIONS CONTESTED

With the evidence of Nedo Blagojevic, Ratko Mladic’s defense is trying to contest the authenticity of intercepted conversations involving VRS officers. The intercepts were recorded in July 1995 at the time of the Srebrenica operation. Blagojevic was the chief of communications in the VRS Drina Corps
THE HAGUE | 25.01.2015.
Next Week at the Tribunal

APPELLATE JUDGMENT FOR ‘SREBRENICA FIVE’

On Friday the Appeals Chamber will hand down the final judgment in the case against Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Drago Nikolic, Radivoj Miletic and Vinko Pandurevic. The five Republika Srpska military officers were charged with genocide and other crimes in Srebrenica and Zepa in July 1995. Ratko Mladic’s trial continues. There will be a status conference in the Radovan Karadzic case
THE HAGUE | 23.01.2015.

EXPERTS ASKED TO EVALUATE HADZIC’S HEALTH

Goran Hadzic’s trial has been adjourned since 20 October 2014 because of his ill health. Now the Trial Chamber has granted the prosecution’s motion to appoint two experts who will evaluate if and how Hadzic might be able to attend and participate in his trial
THE HAGUE | 23.01.2015.

GENERAL MLADIC’S ‘FLOWER GARDEN’

When General Mladic talked to his subordinates in the summer of 1991 (he recorded his communications himself), he told them ‘Zadar is in a noose’. Mladic also noted that Kijevo would look like a ‘flower garden’ compared to what was in store for Zadar, Sibenik and Split. ‘I started dealing with Dubrovnik’ Mladic added in a conversation the prosecutor showed to Mladic’s defense witness Slavisa Sabljic
THE HAGUE | 23.01.2015.

‘PROTECTION’ OF MUSLIMS IN KLJUC

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, VRS officer Velimir Kevac claims that the Serb army and police protected the Muslim civilians in Kljuc. The prosecutor put it to him that the ‘protection’ in fact consisted of people being killed, arrested and expelled, houses being burned and other crimes that reached the scale of genocide
THE HAGUE | 22.01.2015.

‘NO ONE TOUCHED MUSLIMS IN KLJUC’

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, Bosnian Serb military officer Velimir Kevac claimed that the Serb authorities protected Muslims in Kljuc during the war. According to Kevac, Muslims were able to live in peace, and were not exposed to any pressure. Military action was taken only against those Muslims who had refused to surrender their weapons, Kevac explained
THE HAGUE | 21.01.2015.

PROSECUTION ADAMANT: SESELJ MUST GO BACK TO THE HAGUE

The prosecution has filed an appeal against the Trial Chamber’s decision to dismiss its initial motion for Vojislav Seselj's return to the detention unit. The prosecution alleges Seselj has breached the ‘minimal conditions’ for the provisional release. In his public statements Seselj has vowed he will never return voluntarily to The Hague and threatened victims and witnesses who have testified at his trial
THE HAGUE | 20.01.2015.

WAR CRIMES COMMITTED BY 'OUT OF CONTROL INDIVIDUALS'

President of the Kljuc Crisis Staff Rajko Kalabic admitted at Ratko Mladic's trial that war crimes had happened in the village of Velagici. According to Kalabic, the crimes in Velagici ‘were not planned’. The crimes were committed by 'individuals who were out of control and not acting on anyone's orders', as were many other crimes against the non-Serbs. There was no forcible removal of the non-Serbs from the Kljuc municipality, the witness argued, despite the fact that only 1,000 Muslims remained there. Before the war, 17,500 Muslims lived in the municipality
THE HAGUE | 19.01.2015.

WHY AND WHEN DID MUSLIMS LEAVE PRIJEDOR?

Zdravka Karlica, the president of the organization of Serb victims of war from Prijedor, gave evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. Karlica admitted that crimes had been perpetrated against non-Serb civilians. However, according to Karlica, not all villages were attacked and most of the Muslims fled the town before the conflict broke out