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Prlic et al.

Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric, Berislav Pusic

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THE HAGUE | 17.03.2010.

VEHICLES IN ‘SAFEKEEPING’ OF MILITARY POLICE

In his examination-in chief, Zdenko Andabak accused the HOS of looting Muslim homes and businesses in Prozor. The prosecutor showed evidence that members of the witness’s military police battalion illegally seized some 30 vehicles in late October 1992. The witness explained that the unit confiscated just a few vehicles ‘for safekeeping’
THE HAGUE | 09.03.2010.

SUPPORT FOR ‘NEW ALLIES’

Noting that Croats made an alliance with Serbs against the BH Army, the prosecution continued cross-examining General Petkovic. To corroborate the point, the prosecutor today showed an order of 24 June 1993 in which Petkovic ‘prohibits’ further support to the HVO’s erstwhile allies and orders that ‘support be provided to new allies’. As Petkovic admitted, the new allies were Bosnian Serbs
THE HAGUE | 08.03.2010.

WHAT WAS TUDJMAN’S GOVERNMENT AFRAID OF?

At the trial of the former Herceg Bosna officials, the prosecution continued its cross-examination of General Milivoj Petkovic. The prosecutor alleged that Tudjman’s government was afraid of Petkovic’s evidence in the Blaskic case, knowing that he had quite specific information about Croatia’s involvement in the BH conflict. Petkovic denied this
THE HAGUE | 04.03.2010.

FALSE EVIDENCE ‘IN THE INTEREST OF CROATIA’

In the cross-examination, the prosecution implied that General Milivoj Petkovic lied in his evidence at the trials of Tihomir Blaskic and Darijo Kordic ‘protecting the interests of Croatia’. The prosecution alleges that Petkovic is again lying now as he is testifying in his own defense, corroborating the allegations with a presidential transcript from April 1999. Petkovic denies it all
THE HAGUE | 03.03.2010.

POLITICIAN AND/OR SOLDIER

In the cross-examination of Milivoj Petkovic the prosecution contends that the former chief of the HVO Main Staff was not ‘an apolitical military technocrat’; Petkovic was an important political figure in Herceg Bosna. The accused rejected this claim saying that Boban, Prlic and Stojic made political decisions. Defense was the main political goal of the HVO, Petkovic added
THE HAGUE | 02.03.2010.

CORIC: I DON’T DEFEND TUDJMAN LIKE SOME DO

Former chief of the HVO Military Police Administration Valentin Coric asked the lawyers, prosecution and the judges not to interrupt his defense counsel in the cross-examination of Milivoj Petkovic. ‘I don’t defend Croatia and Franjo Tudjman, unlike some other accused’, Coric said, adding he raised only issues related to the indictment
THE HAGUE | 23.02.2010.

‘INVITATIONS TO TALK’, NOT ULTIMATUMS

Former chief of the HVO Main Staff, General Milivoj Petkovic contends that his orders from January and April 1993 to the BH Army were in fact ‘invitations to talk’ issued to the enemy side to speed up the implementation of the Vance Owen peace plan. As Petkovic put it, those orders to the BH Army to either ‘subordinate or withdraw’ from three BH provinces were not ultimatums as alleged by the prosecution
THE HAGUE | 22.02.2010.

PETKOVIC SPEAKS ABOUT FORMER FELLOW FIGHTERS

In his replies to the judges, former chief of the HVO Main Staff Milivoj Petkovic gave his impressions from the meetings with Tudjman and Susak and about the Croatian Army role in the BH war. Mladen Naletilic Tuta called Petkovic ‘Tito’s soldier’ and threatened he would kill him, Petkovic recounted
THE HAGUE | 16.02.2010.

PETKOVIC SAYS HE’S NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SOVICI AND DOLJANI

General Milivoj Petkovic blamed the crimes in Sovici and Doljani on the Convicts’ Battalion. According to him, the Convicts’ Battalion didn’t report to the HVO Main Staff, but was directly subordinated to Mate Boban
THE HAGUE | 15.02.2010.

FAILURE TO LIFT SIEGE CAUSED NEW WAR

Former chief of the HVO Main Staff Milivoj Petkovic contends that the BH Army was unable to lift the siege of Sarajevo and defeat Serbs and then turned against the weaker adversary, the Bosnian Croats. Petkovic claims Alija Izetbegovic and Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan told him as much in secret

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