Skip to comments.Milosevic seeks subpoena for Clinton to testify
Posted on 02/28/2006 3:00:11 PM PST by Robert Drobot
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Lawyers representing Slobodan Milosevic have asked the U.N. war crimes tribunal to issue a subpoena to force former U.S. President Bill Clinton to testify at his trial, documents showed on Tuesday.
"In his position as former president of the United States, Mr Clinton had a continuous role and unique knowledge of events relevant to the indictment," the lawyers said in a written request filed last week but only made public on Tuesday.
Lawyers Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins said his evidence was needed to make sure the trial was "informed and fair".
They said Milosevic had written a personal letter to Clinton asking him to testify but had not received a response. They added the U.S. embassy in The Hague had written to them last year explaining the opposition of the U.S. government to the request.
Milosevic, who has argued that he was a peacemaker in the 1999 Kosovo conflict and that the West committed war crimes, has also asked the court to subpoena retired U.S. general Wesley Clark to appear as a witness in his defense.
Clark directed NATO's bombing of Kosovo in an 11-week campaign led by Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to halt Serbian repression in the region.
Judges decided last year not to call Blair and Gerhard Schroeder, German Chancellor at the time of the bombing, as witnesses.
Milosevic has been on trial for four years on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
He has used up more than four fifths of the 150 days allotted for his defense, which suggests the case could be wrapped up in the next few months.
and suddenly, Milosevic is dead... Arkancide anyone?
Why subpoena a known perjurer?
We were on the wrong side of that war. Two of the 911 attackers were from the KLA in Kosovo which we helped 'save' from Milosevic.
The name "Jim McDougal" comes to mind.
Does the Clinton Body Count need to be updated???
Slobo is dead a week later from poisoning.
Yep..........just another amazing coinkydink that just so happens to protect the Clintoon legacy.......
Will the Clinton legacy ever end?
i think this is in part the reason hussein is on trial for one isolated event unrelated to his foreign dealings and support received from the US.
this is one of the fairly rare glimpses at this part of power politics - assassinations. the fact he told his lawyer he was being poisoned with the wrong medication really screws things up for the Hague - i bet the minute that conversation went out they doubled his dosage or whatever. Now he is dead and the cover-up can begin.
Doesn't look that way. Thanks for the ping!
No, I'm pointing out a bit of hypocrisy on the US' part. Our government supports this kangaroo court financially and advocates it's legitimacy as such but we won't allow ourselves to be judged by it while we send others there to be judged. Like I said, hypocrisy.
I think the Hague should never have been instituted, ever, and apparently GW agrees with me but yet we still support it with our tax dollars. Now you tell me what you advocate for.