THE HAGUE | 15.04.2016.
Next Week at the Tribunal

MLADIC’S DEFENSE TO REST ITS CASE ‘AT A SNAIL'S PACE’

The defense of the former VRS Main Staff commander intends to call just three witnesses before resting their case. The first witness is a pathologist from Belgrade, medical doctor Zoran Stankovic. As a defense’s expert, Dr. Stankovic will try to contest the findings related to the mass grave exhumations in Srebrenica, Tomasica and other locations listed in the indictment against Ratko Mladic

The defense case of Ratko Mladic, former VRS Main Staff commander, is proceeding at a snail's pace. So far this year the Trial Chamber has been in session for just four court days. The last hearing was on 1 March 2016 when the defense questioned Norwegian officer Per Oien, a former UN military observer. Through Oien’s testimony the defense wanted to contest the results of the investigation into the second shelling of Markale on 28 August 1995.Only three Mladic’s defense witnesses have testified in 2016. Mladic is on trial for genocide and other crimes in the war in BH.

After a month-and-a-half break, Mladic returns to the courtroom on Monday, 18 April 2016. Dr. Zoran Stankovic, a renowned pathologist from Belgrade, is slated to testify first. Dr. Stankovic, who has testified several times at the Tribunal, was initially asked to draft a critical analysis of the prosecution experts’ findings on the exhumation of the Tomasica mass grave near Prijedor. Dr. Dusan Dunjic, a professor of forensic medicine from Belgrade, was expected to give evidence on the exhumations in Srebrenica and other crime locations listed in the indictment against Mladic. Dr. Dunjic had also already appeared several times at the Tribunal: mostly for the defense but also, in the case against former KLA commanders, for the prosecution.

However, in October 2015 Dr. Dunjic was found dead in his room in a hotel near the Tribunal, on the morning he was tobegin his evidence. The defense then asked Dr. Stankovic to include Dr. Dunjic’s expert findings on other exhumations in his testimony.

Dr. Zoran Stankovic’s evidence is expected to continue on all four working days next week.