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THE HAGUE | 12.11.2015.

OBSTRUCTING ‘NON-EXISTENT’ TRIBUNAL IN THE HAGUE

Dragan Kijac continued his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense. Kijac, who headed the Bosnian Serb secret police during the war and later became the police minister, had claimed that he didn’t know anything about the Srebrenica crimes until 2000. The prosecutor contested Kijac’s claims with the evidence showing that Kijac was involved in an operation in which false documents were issued to the killers from the 10th Commando Detachment. The unit members were given false papers to protect them from the Tribunal in The Hague, the prosecutor emphasized. The witness replied that at the time the Tribunal ‘did not exist’ as far as he was concerned. Kijac noted that there was no law in Republika Srpska regulating cooperation with the Tribunal
THE HAGUE | 11.11.2015.

KRAJINA WAS MLADIC’S TESTING GROUND FOR BOSNIA

Savo Strbac, president of Veritas, an NGO, continued his evidence today. The prosecutor put it to him that while Mladic was the commander of the JNA Knin Corps in 1991, he was involved in the crimes against local Croats. This was a clear indication as to how Mladic would act as the Serb military commander in BH, the prosecutor noted. The witness replied that the crimes had been committed on all sides. The actions against Croats were undertaken to lift the blockade of the JNA military barracks, Strbac explained. When Stipe Mesic’s name was mentioned, the accused shouted out loud, 'Ustasha!'
THE HAGUE | 10.11.2015.

‘THE LESS I KNOW, THE BETTER I AM’

Ostoja Marjanovic, former director of the Ljubija Mine, didn’t object when during the war in BH his subordinates failed to keep him informed about the fact that the machinery owned by the mine were used to bury hundreds of bodies in the mining complex. ‘The less I know, the better I am’, the witness concluded at the end of his testimony in Mladic’s defense. Savo Strbac, president of the Veritas NGO, began his testimony after Marjanovic completed his
THE HAGUE | 09.11.2015.

ARMY'S ROLE IN OMARSKA AND TOMASICA

In 2003, Ostoja Marjanovic testified in the defense of Milomir Stakic, president of the Prijedor Crisis Staff. On that occasion, he blamed the army and the police for the crimes in that municipality. Today, testifying in Ratko Mladic's defense, the former director of the Ljubija mine tried hard to exonerate the army. According to Marjanovic, the only culprit was the police and their chief in Prijedor, the late Simo Drljaca
THE HAGUE | 05.11.2015.

EXPERT COMPLETES EVIDENCE ON SARAJEVO SNIPERS

On the last day of his evidence in Ratko Mladic's defense, Mile Poparic, weapons and military equipment expert, defended his findings, prompting the presiding judge to comment that Poparic all but told the judges 'what the judgment should be'. The presiding judge warned the defense to make sure that Poparic's testimony does not stray outside of his field of expertise
THE HAGUE | 04.11.2015.

MLADIC’S EXPERT’S ‘TECHNICAL ERRORS’

The prosecution contends that Mile Poparic has based his conclusions on assumptions and has altered evidence to fit his purposes. Poparic responds that harmless ‘technical errors’ did not lead to erroneous findings. Mladic’s defense expert has denied that the Bosnian Serb army was to blame for sniper incidents in Sarajevo
THE HAGUE | 03.11.2015.

CONTROVERSIAL LINE OF SIGHT FOR SARAJEVO SNIPER TARGETS

On the fifth day of his evidence, Mladic's military expert Mile Poparic argues with the prosecutor about the scale of the sniper campaign against Sarajevo civilians. Another topic of debate was the line of sight from the Serb positions to the targets
THE HAGUE | 02.11.2015.

ERRONEOUS PREMISES RESULT IN WRONG CONCLUSIONS

In the cross-examination of the defense military expert Mile Poparic the prosecutor put it to the witness that in his expert report he altered the evidence in a bid to corroborate the conclusion that the Bosnian Serb army was not responsible for the sniper incidents in Sarajevo. Parts of the military expert’s testimony were impossible to follow as some photos under seal were discussed
THE HAGUE | 29.10.2015.

PROSECUTION CONTESTS MLADIC’S EXPERT METHODOLOGY

Weapons and military equipment expert Mile Poparic continued his evidence in Ratko Mladic’s defense claiming that the BH Army was responsible for sniper attacks on the Sarajevo civilians. At the beginning of the cross-examination the prosecutor put it to Poparic that he used erroneous methodology to reach his conclusions
THE HAGUE | 28.10.2015.

OTHER SIDE RESPONSIBLE FOR SNIPER VICTIMS

Mile Poparic, Ratko Mladic's expert for weapons and military equipment continued his evidence today. Discussing the sniper attacks on Sarajevo citizens, Poparic claimed that the Bosnian Serb Army wasn't responsible for those attacks. He is shifting the blame on the BH Army. Even if the Bosniaks did not actually fire the shots, the civilian casualties were collateral damage in the cross-fire, Poparic claimed

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