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THE HAGUE | 01.12.2015.

DIFFICULTIES UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Milos Kovic, historian giving evidence at the request of Mladic’s defense, didn’t contest the claim that the crimes had been perpetrated against non-Serbs in the Serb part of BH. He did complain, however, that no one discussed crimes against Serbs. The judges explained to Kovic that the Trial Chamber did not intend to write ‘the history of the entire war’ but to render a ‘judgment to one particular accused’
THE HAGUE | 01.12.2015.

HOW WITNESSES IN VOJISLAV SESELJ’S CASE WERE MADE TO ‘CHANGE THEIR MINDS’

Three officials of the Serbian Radical Party have been charged with contempt of court for threatening, intimidating, bribing and otherwise tampering with the witnesses in the case against Vojislav Seselj. Serbia has failed to execute the arrest warrant issued on 19 January 2015
THE HAGUE | 30.11.2015.

HISTORIAN CORRECTS GRAMMAR

Mladic’s defense expert, historian Milos Kovic has criticized the prosecution and its experts, claiming that they have erroneously used several terms. The term ‘Bosnian Serbs’ is not correct, because some of these people come from Herzegovina, Kovic stressed. According to him, it was not correct to use the term the ‘siege of Sarajevo’ because the city had access to the outside world through the UN troops. Also, there was no ‘terror’ against the Sarajevo citizens because the Serb artillery and snipers targeted the army and the objective was to divide the city
THE HAGUE | 25.11.2015.

EVERYONE IS TO BLAME FOR SREBRENICA GENOCIDE EXCEPT MLADIC AND KARADZIC

According to the findings of Mladic’s defense military expert Mitar Kovac, everyone was responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica – Alija Izetbegovic, Bill Clinton, foreign intelligence services, Serb mercenaries and avengers, the Scorpions unit, and a part of the Bosnian Serb military services; everyone, in fact, but the Republika Srpska military and political leadership
THE HAGUE | 24.11.2015.

AKASHI'S 'THINKING OUT LOUD' ABOUT MLADIC

In his book Yasushi Akashi, former UN Secretary General' special envoy to the former Yugoslavia, described Ratko Mladic as an 'emotional nationalist' with 'strong feelings for lives of Serbs but without any emotion for the members of the two other BH ethnicities'. In Akashi's words, Mladic was a soldier immersed in the idea of the 'Serb supremacy', 'prone to taking revenge'. Today Akashi distanced himself from the allegations, claiming that he was 'not an historian'. In his book, he was just 'thinking out loud', Akashi remarked
THE HAGUE | 23.11.2015.

'QUANTUM DIFFERENCE' IN CRIMES

As he was questioned by Mladic’s defense, Japanese diplomat Yasushi Akashi said that the Bosnian side was responsible for violating the agreement and refusing to sign ceasefire agreements. In the cross-examination, when the focus turned to the crimes, Akashi confirmed the claim he made in his book, that all three sides in BH had committed crimes. However, Akashi noted, there was a ‘quantum difference’ between the three because only for the Serb side ‘genocide was part of their official policy’
THE HAGUE | 19.11.2015.

SARAJEVO CIVILIANS LACKED ‘SAFETY CULTURE’

According to Mladic’s defense witness, the allegations about artillery and sniper terror in Sarajevo were ‘propaganda’. Sarajevo civilians contributed to their suffering because they didn’t observe ‘necessary security measures’, they ‘moved around without a reason’ and ‘gathered in risky areas’, the witness argued
THE HAGUE | 18.11.2015.

‘PLAGIARISM’ IN MLADIC’S EXPERT REPORT

Mitar Kovac, a general with a military and academic background, was forced today to defend himself against allegations of plagiarism. Kovac was asked by Ratko Mladic’s defense to write an expert report. Before Kovac took the stand, the defense called former VRS soldier Dragan Vujcic. He said he didn’t know who had buried the bodies in the Tomasica mass grave near Prijedor, although he was able to say who had not done it
THE HAGUE | 17.11.2015.

EXPLOITING ISLAMOPHOBIA IN TRIBUNAL’S COURTROOM

Commenting on ideas Alija Izetbegovic had presented in the Islamic Declaration and their implementation, Mile Dmicic says that Serbs and Croats feared the domination of Islam. Secular Bosniaks feared it, too, the witness notes. Dmicic, a former official in the BH Presidency, didn’t agree with the defense's suggestion that the BH president had advocated terrorism
THE HAGUE | 16.11.2015.

‘TYPICAL CIVIL WAR’ IN BH

Mladic’s defense military expert Mitar Kovac concluded that the war in BH was a ‘typical civil war’. Sarajevo was ‘defended’ city ‘blocked on both sides’, Kovac noted. According to Kovac, in Srebrenica Mladic didn’t pursue a ‘murderous’ plan but a ‘humanitarian’ agenda. Late general Gvero commanded the Srebrenica operation ‘on behalf of the Main Staff’ in Mladic’s absence, Kovac explained. Mitar Kovac was awarded the Transfer of Wisdom award at a book fair in Serbia

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