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Goran Hadzic

News 138

THE HAGUE | 16.09.2014.

WHAT ‘LIES’ WERE SPREAD ABOUT WITNESS

The former minister for culture and religion in Hadzic’s government contends that it ‘is not true’ that he either committed or ordered any murders or that he supported ‘discriminatory policies against the non-Serb population’. The witness also claims it is untrue that he was an ‘outstanding fighter’ and that he knew who was authorized to appoint people in the Territorial Defense. The truth was, the witness argues, that the government couldn’t exercise command over the units in the field. In the case of the killings at Ovcara, the army ‘made this decision’, the witness says
THE HAGUE | 11.09.2014.

CULTURE MINISTER TESTIFIES IN PRIME MINISTER’S DEFENSE

Former minister of culture and religion contends that Hadzic’s government didn’t have any authority over the military and the Territorial Defense. According to the witness, the government had powers similar to those of the local communes: they dealt with social welfare issues and couldn’t influence the events in the field
THE HAGUE | 10.09.2014.

DID SESELJ ‘REVISE’ OR ‘SUPPLEMENT’ HIS TESTIMONY?

The prosecution claims that Vojislav Seselj has changed his testimony in order to exonerate himself and Goran Hadzic from the accusations related to the Ovcara massacre in Vukovar on 20 November 1991. Seselj contends that he didn’t ‘revise’ his evidence: only in The Hague did he learn what had actually happened there from the witnesses and the other accused
THE HAGUE | 09.09.2014.

OVCARA ACCORDING TO SESELJ

Vojislav Seselj began his testimony in the defense of Goran Hadzic, former prime minister of the SAO Eastern Slavonia government. He blamed Aleksandar Vasiljevic and Vesna Bosanac for the massacre in Ovcara in November 1991. Vasiljevic was the JNA security chief and Vesna Bosanac was the director of the Vukovar Hospital
THE HAGUE | 08.09.2014.

KUDOS TO ACCUSED

Defense witness Vojislav Vukcevic had nothing but praise for the accused Goran Hadzic. In Vukcevic’s words, Hadzic espoused ‘moderate views’, he came from ‘a placid environment’ and ‘a proper family’. Hadzic ‘had everything he needed, and therefore was not a spiteful, mean or bad man’
THE HAGUE | 05.09.2014.

HADZIC WAS ‘BRAVE’, BABIC WAS ‘HEADSTRONG’ AS THE LOG REVOLUTION UNFOLDED

Vojislav Vukcevic, founder of the Serbian Democratic Party in Baranja, testified that Hadzic was brave enough to ‘express his displeasure’ with Slobodan Milosevic. Vukcevic also spoke about the decisions made by the ‘headstrong Babic, the ‘spontaneous plebiscite’ and the ‘logs’ that for a while forced both Serbs and Croats to the negotiating table
HAG/DEN HAAG | 03.09.2014.

CONFLICT IN CROATIA THROUGH EYES OF BRITON

After Goran Hadzic returned to the dock, the defense called Amanda Celar as its next witness. During the war in Croatia Celar lived in Osijek and Beli Manastir. The Briton was married to a Serb she described as a ‘nationalist’, helped the Serb refugees in Baranja, she feared the Croat ‘rhetoric’ and the Croatian checkerboard flag. Celar wasn’t interested in the Serb Radical Party policy of advocating a Greater Serbia
THE HAGUE | 02.09.2014.

WHAT HADZIC ACTUALLY MEANT TO SAY

In the re-examination, Goran Hadzic tried to explain what he had meant with the statements he had made during the war. The prosecution alleges that in his statements Hadzic called for the expulsion of Croats and reprisals. Today Hadzic noted that his intention was to remind the public of the crimes perpetrated against Serbs. When he talked about ‘dealing with Croats who have blood on their hands’, Hadzic in fact meant Serbs too
THE HAGUE | 01.09.2014.

DID HADZIC THREATEN OR PROTECT INVESTIGATOR?

At the end of the cross-examination, the prosecutor put it to Hadzic he never intended to surrender voluntarily, in light of the seven years Hadzic had spent on the run and his conversation with an OTP investigator, when he said he ‘will not hesitate to use the gun if someone tried to arrest’ him. Today Hadzic said he was prepared to die to protect ‘his guest’
THE HAGUE | 28.08.2014.

HADZIC WORE UNIFORM FOR REASONS OF HYGIENE

In Goran Hadzic’s opinion, his war-time statements didn’t ‘incite violence and reprisals’. He nevertheless still claims he would call for the Croats with ‘blood on their hands’ to be put on trial. He would in fact question their very right to be called humans at all. Did Hadzic wear uniform for reasons of hygiene or for military reasons?

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