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Bosnia & Herzegovina vs SCG

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09.05.2006.

BELGRADE: DISMISS ALL BH DEMANDS

Belgrade's representatives urged the judges to dismiss all Sarajevo demands, as the nine-week hearings before the International Court of Justice in the BH vs. SaM case drew to a close. The judges will first deliberate whether they have jurisdiction to adjudicate in the case; if they decide they do, they will then decide on the merits of the case: whether genocide was committed in BH and whether the then FRY – now SaM – is responsible for it
08.05.2006.

BELGRADE: SUM OF ISOLATED CRIMES IS NOT TANTAMOUNT TO GENOCIDE

Bosnia and Herzegovina has failed to present any evidence to prove the existence of a "genocidal pattern", Serbia and Montenegro representatives claim before the International Court of Justice. The pattern of many "isolated crimes that are not tantamount to genocide" cannot, Belgrade contends, be taken as "confirmation that genocide was committed". Belgrade cannot disclose to the other party and the court unredacted documents originating from the Supreme Defense Council
04.05.2006.

BELGRADE: NO EVIDENCE GENOCIDAL PLAN EXISTED

While she did not deny that “there were crimes and serious violations of international norms” in BH, Belgrade’s legal representative Faveau-Ivanovic denied the existence of genocidal intent and plan as the second round of SaM arguments before the International Court of Justice continued. Her argument was that the crimes did not target other ethnic groups but political opponents of the Bosnian Serbs
03.05.2006.

DEFENSE, MILOSEVIC-STYLE

In their efforts to challenge the allegations made by the BH party on Belgrade's responsibility for the crimes committed by the Red Berets, Arkan’s men, Seselj’s men and Scorpions, SaM representatives use arguments used by Milosevic in his trial before the ICTY to defend himself against the same charges
02.05.2006.

OFFICERS WERE NOT PAID TO FIGHT WAR

Belgrade’s representatives use the fact that Belgrade continued to pay Republika Srpska Army officers seven years after the peace accords as evidence that even before Dayton they had not been paid to fight the war

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