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THE HAGUE | 06.02.2014.

JOURNALIST RENOUNCES HIS WARTIME TEXTS

In his evidence at the trial of Radovan Karadzic, Mihajlo Orlovic renounced all his texts and reports published or broadcast on the radio during the war. As Orlovic explained, it was a ‘time of propaganda’ and editors rewrote his texts. Even today Orlovic still doesn’t believe that mass crimes were perpetrated against the non-Serb population in Sanski Most. According to Orlovic, they were ‘individual incidents’ of sick persons and drunkards
THE HAGUE | 05.02.2014.

POLICE FIRST ARMED CRIMINALS THEN HAD TO FIGHT THEM

The prosecution challenged the claim made by Mico Stanisic, former Bosnian Serb police minister, that his ministry had to fight the paramilitary groups. Documents showed by the prosecution indicate that the police in fact handed out arms to criminals and deployed those criminals in combat. Karadzic, an avowed anti-communist, quoted Josip Broz in his defense
THE HAGUE | 04.02.2014.

INVESTIGATION THAT COST WITNESS HIS JOB

In a bid to prove that Radovan Karadzic and his defense witness Mico Stanisic were close during the war, the prosecution called evidence of their friendship and cooperation, which lasted from 1991 until 1994, when the police minister dared to launch an investigation into the president’s financial affairs. He was soon dismissed from his post
THE HAGUE | 03.02.2014.

IF BOSNIAN SERB POLICE HAD BEEN PART OF INTERPOL…

In his evidence in Karadzic’s defense, former Bosnian Serb police minister Mico Stanisic claimed that in wartime, when conditions ‘went beyond the worst’, the ‘detection rate’ in crimes against non-Serbs in 1992 was ‘satisfactory’. It would have been even better if his police force had been a member of Interpol, because then it would have had access to the statements given by the witnesses to the BH police
THE HAGUE | 30.01.2014.

INCIDENT IN HAMBARINE – CAUSE OR PRETEXT FOR CRIMES?

A witness that participated in the incident in the village of Hambarine testified at Radovan Karadzic’s trial and spoke about the incident. Karadzic’s defense alleges the incident triggered the conflict in Prijedor. The prosecution alleges that the Hambarine incident was used as a pretext to launch a planned campaign of violence aimed at the ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs from that area
THE HAGUE | 30.01.2014.

WITNESS DOESN’T KNOW WHO KILLED VILLAGERS, BUT KNOWS THEY ‘RAN AMOK’

Jovan Kevac from Kljuc claimed at the trial of Radovan Karadzic that ‘individuals that ran amok’ killed about 100 men in the village of Biljani on 10 July 1992. Kevac rejected the prosecutor’s suggestion that he had been the commander of the operation in Biljani. In his statement to Karadzic’s defense the witness conveniently forgot to mention that
THE HAGUE | 29.01.2014.

KARADZIC WAS TOO TOLERANT

Dusko Jaksic, director of the Institute of Economics in Banja Luka, claimed at Radovan Karadzic’s trial that the Autonomous Region of Krajina was established purely for economic reasons. In Jaksic’s view, Karadzic was ‘too tolerant’ in comparison with the mood that prevailed among the Serbs in Krajina following the secession of BH from Yugoslavia
THE HAGUE | 29.01.2014.

‘THINGS THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED’ IN OMARSKA

In 1992, Karadzic’s protected defense witness worked in Omarska. In the three months of his tenure there, the witness was in the camp on a daily basis and during that time, he claimed, he learned of ‘only one incident’ when a prisoner was abused, and of the death of 18 inmates. Karadzic’s witness shifted the blame on the late chief of the Prijedor police, Simo Drljaca, adding that there were ‘not enough’ guards and inspectors
THE HAGUE | 28.01.2014.

TROOPS WATCHED RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS BEING BLOWN UP

Karadzic called Drasko Vujic as his defense witness. Vujic’s unit was in charge of securing the village of Puharska near Prijedor. He claimed that although the soldiers patrolled the area he never noticed that the local mosque and the Catholic church had been blown up. He did admit that blowing up those religious building necessitated a lot of explosives and extensive preparations
THE HAGUE | 28.01.2014.

MLADIC DESERTS KARADZIC’S FRONT LINE

Despite the Trial Chamber’s binding order, Ratko Mladic refused to give evidence in Radovan Karadzic’s defense, deserting the front line defended by the former RS president against the Tribunal’s prosecutors. Both Karadzic and Mladic are on trial for almost identical charges: double genocide and other crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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