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Ratko Mladic

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DEN HAAG | 08.07.2016.

DEADLINES FOR FINAL BRIEFS EXTENDED

The new provisional deadline for final briefs in the Ratko Mladic case is 3 October 2016, the judges said at the status conference today. The definitive date will be set once the pending issues related to Mladic’s defense case have been dealt with
Den Haag | 04.07.2016.

MLADIC’S DEFENSE MOTION FOR MISTRIAL DENIED

The fact that two legal advisors to the Trial Chamber sitting in the Radovan Karadzic case had assisted the judges who will be deliberating Ratko Mladic’s judgment does not call into question the integrity of the trail and the presumption of impartiality of the judges in the case against the former VRS Main Staff commander, the Trial Chamber rules
DEN HAAG | 23.06.2016.

DEFENSE: POSTPONE CLOSING ARGUMENTS UNTIL JANUARY 2017

Ratko Mladic’s defense wants the judges to extend the deadline for the submission of final briefs from 1 September to 7 December 2016. According to the defense, the closing arguments should begin on 12 January 2017. Mladic’s defense expects Russian colonel Demurenko to complete his evidence ‘some time in July 2016’. Last week Demurenko left home in the middle of his cross-examination
Den Haag | 16.06.2016.

DEMURENKO LEFT BEFORE COMPLETING EVIDENCE

Russian colonel Andrei Demurenko failed to show up in court this morning. The witness was expected to continue his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. The presiding judge said that Demurenko had left Holland ‘after midnight’. The judges asked the defense and the prosecution to present their positions on what should be done with Demurenko’s statement and unfinished evidence. Mladic waived his right to attend the hearing and was absent today
Den Haag | 15.06.2016.

CONFUSED COLONEL AND SOPHISTICATED PROSECUTOR

In the cross-examination, Russian colonel Andrei Demurenko complained about the prosecutors ‘skillfully confusing’ him with their ‘sophisticated questions’. Demurenko argued that he ‘cannot follow their logic all the time’ because he is just a soldier. The Trial Chamber didn’t allow the witness to shake hands with the accused Mladic
DEN HAAG | 14.06.2016.

CONSPIRACY AGAINST SERBS, UN’S PARTIALITY AND BOSNIAK AGGRESSION

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, Russian colonel Andrei Demurenko talked about his investigation of the Markale incident of 28 August 1995. A total of 43 citizens of Sarajevo were killed and 75 were injured in the incident. According to Demurenko, the explosion was staged. The United Nations were biased and covered up the ‘Bosniak aggression against Serbs’. Bosniaks opened fire on their own people, Demurenko claimed
Den Haag | 01.06.2016.

PROSECUTION: REJECT MLADIC’S MOTION

According to the prosecution, the credibility and impartiality of the judges are not jeopardized bythe fact that some of the legal advisers appointed to assist the trial chamber in Mladic’s case had previously worked with the judges who convicted Radovan Karadzic
20.05.2016.

WHO CAN(NOT) WRITE RATKO MLADIC’S JUDGMENT?

Ratko Mladic’s defense notes that Mladic was for all intents and purposes convicted already when Radovan Karadzic’s judgment was handed down in March 2016, warning the judges not to include legal advisers who worked with the chamber which convicted the former Republika Srpska president in the advisory team which will help Mladic’s chamber decide on the general’s guilt
DEN HAAG | 03.05.2016.

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF VICTIMS WERE ARMED OR NOT, AS LONG AS THERE WAS FIGHTING

Based on a document produced by the VRS 1st Krajina Corps, defense demography expert Dr. Svetlana Radovanovic concluded that there was fighting with the 'extremist' groups in the Prijedor area at the relevant times. When the prosecutor stressed that the document does not state the ‘extremist’ groups were armed, the defense’s demography expert argued that her goal was not to establish ‘whether someone was armed or not but whether there was fighting going on’
DEN HAAG | 02.05.2016.

DEFENSE: PROSECUTION EXPERT’S ‘STATISTICAL EXHIBITIONISM’

Dr. Svetlana Radovanovic continued her evidence at the trial of Ratko Mladic today. The expert witness extended her list of complaints about Dr. Ewa Tabeau’s expert report, accusing her of manipulation and deliberate concealment of data. According to Dr. Radovanovic’s, parts of Dr. Tabeau's report on the mass grave near Prijedor were an exercise in 'pure statistical exhibitionism'

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