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Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic

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THE HAGUE | 08.03.2012.

WITNESS: ‘IF SOMETHING IS SECRET HOW CAN I KNOW OF IT?’

The witness called by Franko Simatovic’s defense agreed it was possible that some people involved in the attacks on Brcko and Bosanski Samac and some of the Krajina Serb police officials were in fact agents of the Serbian State Security Service; he didn’t know it because it was a secret
THE HAGUE | 02.03.2012.

DEFENSE: PSYCHIATRIC HELP OR RELEASE FOR STANISIC

The defense has urged the Trial Chamber to order the Registrar to provide to the former chief of the Serbian State Security Service psychiatric care at the level available to "ordinary European citizen". If not, the defense has asked for his release which would make it possible for him to receive medical treatment independent of the Tribunal and the Detention Unit
THE HAGUE | 29.02.2012.

FRANKO SIMATOVIC WAS ‘SUPERMAN’

Confronted with the entries from the Operation Spider logbook, defense witness Mladen Karan admitted that the accused Simatovic had taken part in the planning of combat operations, not only in reconnaissance missions against the enemy, as Karan claimed before. The witness simply couldn’t understand how it was possible for the same person to perform two such demanding tasks
THE HAGUE | 22.02.2012.

FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER DEFENDS COLLEAGUES FROM POLICE

Retired military security officer Mladen Karan contends that ‘Arkan’s men’ in Eastern Slavonia were under the command of the Territorial Defense and that their commander Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan was ‘close’ with the commanders of the JNA Novi Sad Corps. This corroborates Franko Simatovic’s defense case that the Serbian State Security Service had no ties at all with that unit
THE HAGUE | 21.02.2012.

DID FRENKI CROSS THE DRINA?

Franko Simatovic’s defense witness admitted that the accused visited the Bajina Basta area in the first half of 1993. The witness nevertheless stubbornly denied that Simatovic ever went to Eastern Bosnia, even when the prosecutor confronted him with documents showing that the Red Berets were stationed in Skelani at the time. The documents also show that the Red Berets unit fought side by side with the Bosnian Serb army and for some time even secured the border crossing at Bajina Basta that the witness was in charge of
THE HAGUE | 16.02.2012.

NO KNOWLEDGE OF SERBIAN STATE SECURITY ARMING SERBS

The prosecutor showed Jovica Stanisic’s defense witness Osman Selak exhibits proving that Jovica Stanisic was involved in the preparations of the Serbs in Western Slavonia for the war. Selak replied that he as a JNA officer had knowledge only about the role of the army in the effort to distribute arms. He could only speculate about the activities of the Serbian State Security Service
THE HAGUE | 02.02.2012.

‘FRIENDLY SECRET SERVICES’ EXCHANGED REPORTS

As he was questioned by Jovica Stanisic’s defense, Aco Draca, called by Franko Simatovic, denied that the Serbian State Security Service played any role in the effort to arm the Krajina army and police. However, when he was cross-examined by the prosecutor, the witness admitted that the Krajina secret service regularly reported to the 2nd Directorate of the Serbian State Security Service, which in turn sent its report to Krajina. Simatovic was the head of the Second Directorate
THE HAGUE | 01.02.2012.

MLADIC GOT HIS TROOPS ‘MOVING A BIT’ IN SKABRNJA

According to Franko Simatovic’s defense witness, the JNA Knin Corps, its commander Ratko Mladic and Mladic’s assistant for artillery Atif Dudakovic were responsible for the attacks on Croatian villages in Krajina in 1991. The former chiefs of the Serbian State Security Service are on trial for numerous crimes committed in those attacks
THE HAGUE | 31.01.2012.

FRENKI WAS “AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER, NOT A LOGISTICIAN”

Franko Simatovic’s defense witness claims that Franko Simatovic was in Knin in the spring of 1991 to collect intelligence relevant for security of Serbia. The prosecution alleges that Simatovic’s efforts were part of the assistance and support the Serbian State Security Service provided to the Krajina police
THE HAGUE | 26.01.2012.

PROSECUTION FAILS TO MAKE ITS CASE CLEAR

Arkan’s fellow fighter Borislav Pelevic was cross-examined by the prosecution. After the whole day of questioning, the prosecution case remained unclear. When the defense intervened the Trial Chamber dove into the examination of the witness. Pelevic claims that Arkan’s men didn’t commit crimes: they merely defended the Serbs. They never even send uninvited guests away from their parties, the witness explained

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