THE HAGUE | 27.02.2005.
Next Week at the Tribunal


Diverse programme of work for the coming week: in addition to five ongoing trials, there will be surrenders and initial appearances, a judgment of the Appeals Chamber and a new hearing on the referral of two cases to domestic courts

According to the announcements from Sarajevo and Belgrade, next week in the Tribunal should begin with the voluntary surrender of two generals: Rasim Delic, former BH Army commander, and Radivoje Miletic, former deputy chief of staff of the VRS. They are expected to have their initial appearance this week in order to enter their plea on the counts of the indictments. General Delic is charged with the crimes of the mujahedin in the village of Maline near Travnik and in the Kamenica camp near Zavidovici, committed in 1993 and 1995. General Miletic has been charged with the crimes in Srebrenica in July 1995. He has been indicted together with Milan Gvero, who surrendered to the Tribunal last week, and General Zdravko Tolimir, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Considering that, late last year, Carla Del Ponte has submitted for confirmation of the judges another four indictments, which are still under seal of the Tribunal, it is possible that other newly indicted people from Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Sarajevo and/or Banja Luka would join these accused before the end of the week. Provided of course that the judges, having reviewed the supporting material, confirmed the last four OTP’s indictment.

On Monday afternoon, the appeals judgment will be rendered in the case of the four men accused of the crimes in the camps of Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje near Prijedor. In the first-instance judgement, Miroslav Kvocka was sentenced to 7, Dragoljub Prcac to 5, Mladjo Radic to 20 and Zoran Zigic to 25 years in prison. The fifth-accused, Milojica Kos, did not appeal his sentence to six years in prison and has been released in the meantime having served two thirds of his sentence.

After a two-and-a-half-month break caused by the resignation of one of the judges, the trial of Momcilo Krajisnik, former Bosnian Serb political leader, will continue this week. The Egyptian judge El Mahdi has been replaced by Claude Hanoteau, a French judge. He signed a declaration that he had acquainted himself in detail with the record of the case and the trial sessions held so far. Krajisnik has been indicted for genocide and other war crimes in BH.

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic will continue with the cross-examination of Dr. Vukasin Andric, member of the interim Kosovo Executive Board in the first half of 1999. In his answers to the questions put to him by the accused, Andric denied any responsibility of Milosevic and the Serbian authorities for the crimes in Kosovo, blaming them on the “NATO aggressors”, “KLA terrorists” and “individuals” or “criminals”
in Serbian ranks who evicted, robbed and killed Albanians “on their own”.

Three other ongoing trials will continue next week: the trial of former KLA members, charged with crimes in the Lapusnik camp; the trial of General Sefer Halilovic charged with the murder of civilians in the villages of Grabovica and Uzdol in September 1993; and the trial of Enver Hadzihasanovic and Amir Kubura, charged with the crimes against civilians in Central Bosnia in 1993.

On Thursday and Friday, there will be two hearings on the referral of Tribunal’s cases to domestic courts. The first is a hearing on the case of four commanders and guards in the Omarska and Keraterm camps: – Zeljko Mejakic, Dusan Fustar, Momcilo Gruban and Dusan Knezevic. The prosecution proposes that the case be referred to BH courts, but the Serbia-Montenegro authorities have also applied to take on the case. Then, there will be hearing on the case of Radovan Stankovic, currently in detention, and two fugitives – Gojko Jankovic and Dragan Zelenovic – accused of the rapes in Foca. Their case should be referred to the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court in Sarajevo.