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Ratko Mladic

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DEN HAAG | 03.02.2016.

POLICE OFFICER DID NOT CONCERN HIMSELF WITH CRIMES

Mile Matijevic, former employee of the Banja Luka Security Services Center, has claimed at Ratko Mladic’s trial that he didn’t know anything about the crimes against non-Serbs in Jajce, Banja Luka, Bosanski Novi, Prijedor and Kotor Varos. The witness never heard of Koricanske Stijene, noting that there were some ‘clues' indicating that crimes were being committed in the Omarska prison camp, but then, in 1995, he began his career in education
Den Haag | 02.02.2016.

CONTROVERSIAL LIST CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL NAMES

As the prosecutor cross-examined Mladic's expert witness, he emphasized that the alleged 'controversial cases' highlighted on Pavlovic's list of Srebrenica men who were killed in July 1995 as they were trying to break through towards Tuzla are not controversial at all: the witness merely failed to take into account all the available documents on the fate of those men
THE HAGUE | 17.12.2015.

WHAT CARL BILDT KNEW ABOUT SREBRENICA

In his book Carl Bildt has claimed that ‘probably as many as 4,000 persons or even more were killed when the column of people from Srebrenica was trying to break through the encirclement of the Serb forces. Mladic’s defense expert confirmed that the allegation was ‘referential’. The claim prompted Judge Orie to quote a sentence from the same book stating that ‘in the five days of the massacre Mladic organized an execution of more than 3,000 persons’
THE HAGUE | 15.12.2015.

SELF-SHELLING FOR ‘THE RIGHT CAUSE’

A protected witness called by General Ratko Mladic’s defense argues that the shelling of the Markale town marked was arranged at a meeting of the former Bosnian Muslim political, military and religious leadership to provoke a ‘military intervention of the international community’
THE HAGUE | 14.12.2015.

MLADIC’S EXPERT ON SREBRENICA COLUMN OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS

Dusan Pavlovic testified at the trial of Ratko Mladic today. He had been asked by the defense to write an expert report on the losses of the BH Army during the breakthrough from Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. Through Pavlovic’s evidence, the defense tried to prove that the thousands of victims from Srebrenica, exhumed from the mass graves, had in fact been killed in combat
THE HAGUE | 10.12.2015.

SNIPERS ‘WERE ONLY KIDDING’

In his evidence in Mladic’s defense former UNPROFOR member Sergey Moroz has played down the suffering of Sarajevo citizens during the war-time siege. When the prosecutor told him that Serb snipers would open fire at UN troops, Moroz said that he had been targeted too, but in his opinion, the shooters were ‘only kidding’ and they did not actually want to kill him
THE HAGUE | 09.12.2015.

LISBON AGREEMENT – CHANCE FOR PEACE OR PLAN TO DESTROY BOSNIA?

Portuguese diplomat Jose Cutileiro has testified at the trial of Ratko Mladic. Cutileiro said that the Lisbon agreement could have saved peace in BH if Alija Izetbegovic had not been persuaded by the Americans to pull out of it. The prosecutor argued that Karadzic had tricked both Cutileiro and the international community. Karadzic acted as if he was all for peace and negotiations while at the same time he devised plans to capture territory and implement ethnic cleansing there, the prosecutor explained. Also, Karadzic boasted in public that the Lisbon agreement had ‘destroyed Bosnia’
THE HAGUE | 08.12.2015.

DODIK: SDS PARTY LEADERSHIP INVOLVED IN WAR CRIMES

Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik claims he didn’t know that the Bosnian Serb leadership had planned and implemented the ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs, as he continues his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. This prompted the prosecutor to confront Dodik with the fact that the expulsions of Muslims and Croats had been discussed at the Assembly at the time when Dodik was a deputy in the Assembly. In an interview in 2001 Dodik blamed the Serbian Democratic Party leadership for the crimes. Confronted with his own words, Dodik replied that it ‘seemed to me that some people from the SDS party leadership were involved in the crimes’
THE HAGUE | 07.12.2015.

FROM ISLAMIC DECLARATION TO ISLAMIC STATE

In his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense, Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik has blamed the Muslim leadership for the outbreak of the war in BH. According to Dodik, Alija Izetbegovic’s policy and the statements he made in his Islamic Declaration were ‘precursors to the current ideology of radical Islam’. The prosecutor contested Dodik’s claims by quoting from an interview Karadzic gave in 1990, when he said ‘there is no need to panic’ in BH because local Muslims had all opted for ‘the European way of life while following their Islamic faith’
THE HAGUE | 03.12.2015.

CONTESTING REPORTS ON SREBRENICA EXHUMATIONS

Ratko Mladic’s defense has called David del Pino, a forensic expert from Chile, in a bid to contest the findings from the report produced by the prosecution forensic expert William Haglund on the exhumations of Srebrenica mass graves. The defense has relied on a report by the Supervisory Commission from San Antonio, but as the report concluded that the errors made by Haglund did not in any way compromise the scientific value of his findings, the defense has thus failed to achieve the desired effect

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