Den Haag | 24.04.2016.
Next Week at the Tribunal


After the evidence of its two last witnesses, Svetlana Radovanovic and Jan Segers, Ratko Mladic’s defense will rest its case – the last case before the Tribunal. Future re-trial cases will be continued before the so-called Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

Jan Segers, an officer from Belgium and former intelligence chief in the UNPROFOR headquarters in Zagreb, will likely be the last witness both at Ratko Mladic’s trial and before the Tribunal which had started its work twenty years ago, with the trial of Dusko Tadic.

After Ratko Mladic’s trial is completed, all re-trials will be moved to the Tribunal’s successor,the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals. For the time being, the Appeal Chamber has ordered a re-trial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Simmilar development cannot be excluded in the case against Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin. If the appellate proceedings should ever be completed in Vojislav Seselj's case, he might also end up facing a re-trial.

Ratko Mladic's defense has called Jan Segers in a bid to corroborate its argument that the BH Army was to blame for the shelling of Sarajevo, including the incidents As alleged by the defense, BH Army was responsible for the incidents at the Markale town market. In an interview with a Belgian weekly in November 1995 Segers said that in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the UN military observers had established that the projectiles could have been fired from the BH Army positions. That statement has until now been invoked by the defense lawyers of generals Galic andMilosevic, former commanders of the VRS Sarajevo-Romanija Corps. Now, the person who had made the statement will testify before the Tribunal for the first time.

Before the defense calls the Belgian intelligence officer, another witness, Dr. Zoran Stankovic, will complete his evidence. He will be cross-examined by the prosecution and then re-examined by the defense. The next to last witness for the defense is demography expert, Dr. Svetlana Radovanovic. She will try to contest the findings of the prosecution expert Ewa Tabeau on the cause of death of the victims exhumed from the Tomasica mass grave, near Prijedor. In her evidence at Ratko Mladic’s trial last year, Tabeau stated that the Tomasica victims had died a ‘violent death in very dramatic circumstances amid the ethnic cleansing campaign in the Prijedor municipality’.