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  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping “genocide”...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • Mladic tells court does not want to enter pleas

    06/03/2011 7:06:31 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 17 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Associated Press | MIKE CORDER
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Ratko Mladic defiantly refused on Friday to enter pleas to what he called "obnoxious" allegations that as the Serb military chief during the Bosnian war he orchestrated the worst atrocities of a conflict that claimed 100,000 lives. He claimed he was defending "my people and my country." Appearing in a U.N. courtroom shielded by bulletproof glass 16 years after he was first indicted, Mladic told the Dutch presiding judge he was "gravely ill," but would only give details of his health out of earshot of the public. However, the ravages of time and his life as...
  • Reasons for Mladic’s arrest shameful

    06/02/2011 6:03:50 AM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 1+ views
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Calgary Sun ^ | 2011-06-02 | Michael Coren
    I don’t think any civilized and informed person either condemns or doubts the reason why Ratko Mladic was arrested by Serbian security forces, and handed over to an international war crimes trial in The Hague. He is alleged to have led a force that slaughtered 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, and almost certainly did so. He was captured because Belgrade desperately wants to become part of the European Community, and knows it has to expunge any former connection with ethnic cleansing and tribal atrocities. The chances are that many in the Serbian government knew full well where Mladic had...
  • Roasting Mladic

    05/27/2011 12:08:34 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 20 replies
    Republican Riot ^ | 5/27/11 | Julia Gorin
    …[In Srebrenica] beheadings of Serbian civilians were commonplace, and in some villages the mujahedeen would dynamite homes with the inhabitants trapped inside. No attempt was made to hide such atrocities. In fact, Gen. Oric would often address the media at the site of the massacres. On one such occasion, while standing in front of mujahedeen displaying decapitated human heads as trophies, Gen. Oric pointed to a smouldering building in ruins and proudly announced to reporters, “We blew those Serbs to the moon.” Alija Izetbegovic was also proud to display the fighting prowess of his mujahedeen volunteers. Following a successful attack...
  • Son: Mladic says he's not guilty of war crimes

    05/27/2011 5:19:55 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 05/27/2011 | JOVANA GEC
    BELGRADE, Serbia – Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic says he's innocent of war crimes charges that include orchestrating some of the worst atrocities of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, the suspect's son said Friday after visiting the former fugitive in jail. "His stand is that he's not guilty of what he's being accused of," Darko Mladic told reporters. After spending a night in jail, Mladic was due back in a Belgrade court for a second hearing on his extradition to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands on charges that include directing the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys...
  • Mladic in Belgrade court following capture

    05/26/2011 1:40:23 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | May 26th 2011 | Aljszee4ra and Agencies
    Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general arrested for alleged war crimes, has appeared at a closed session in a Belgrade court. The former general, wanted for alleged war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, looked frail and walked very slowly as he was escorted by four guards in the first step of the extradition process on Thursday. He wore a navy-blue jacket and a baseball hat with gray hair sticking out the sides, and carried what appeared to be a towel in his left hand. He could be heard on state TV saying "good day" to someone in...
  • Ratko Mladic: What really happened in Srebrenica?

    05/26/2011 9:26:33 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | May 26, 2011 | Lee Jay Walker
    The government of Serbia have arrested Ratko Mladic who was the former Chief of Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army and some people are claiming that this will end the chapter of this brutal civil war. However, Srebrenica is complex because events did not happen because of one factor but were based on the cold reality of a complex civil war where innocents were killed on all sides. However, which Srebrenica is “real” and which is “unreal?” ——————————————– Srebrenica in all its complexity ——————————————– This topic is very complex and it is abundantly clear that the mass media is still...
  • Top war crimes suspect (Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko) Mladic arrested in Serbia

    05/26/2011 9:08:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/26/11 | Aleksandar Vasovic - Reuters
    BELGRADE (Reuters) – Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic was arrested in Serbia Thursday after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to approach the European mainstream. Mladic, accused of orchestrating the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica and a brutal 43-month siege of Sarajevo during Bosnia's 1992-5 war, was found in a farmhouse owned by a cousin, a police official said. "Mladic was handcuffed and whisked away," said the official, who said he been cooperative during the arrest. The formerly burly and widely-feared general was...
  • Man believed to be Mladic arrested in Serbia

    05/26/2011 4:26:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    BELGRADE, Serbia – A man believed to be Gen. Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive, has been arrested in Serbia, news media reported Thursday.
  • Report: U.S. protected Mladić?

    03/07/2009 6:13:49 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 339+ views
    B92 ^ | March 3, 2009 | Vecernje Novosti (Evening News)
    BELGRADE -- U.S. historian Charles Ingrao says that the Pentagon did not consider the arrest of Hague fugitives a priority, according to daily Vecernje Novosti. Ingrao has completed a report that is the result of five years of investigative work by 300 historians, sociologists and legal experts from the former Yugoslavia and entire world. According to the Belgrade daily, the report states that the American military did everything in its power to make sure that the chief Hague fugitives, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadžic, were not arrested. The report claims that from late February to early July 1996, a specially-formed...
  • Ratko Mladic gave up ally Radovan Karadzic to save himself

    07/23/2008 2:58:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 80+ views ^ | July 23, 2008 | Harry de Quetteville
    Radovan Karadzic was arrested after information provided to investigators by the Hague's other most wanted man, Ratko Mladic, German intelligence sources have revealed. General Mladic, who was Karadzic's military commander and led Bosnian Serb troops during the massacre at Srebrenica, is one of two Balkans war crimes suspects still on the run. His capture is expected within weeks as his political support network crumbles and the European Union continues to pressure Serbia to hand him over. But according to German intelligence sources, Mladic has been negotiating with those hunting him over the terms of his capture, and "gave information on...

    05/14/2007 6:15:36 AM PDT · by mile · 32 replies · 1,384+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 11, 2007 | Ginanne Brownell
    NewsweekBosnia: Digging Up the Secrets of the Dead By Ginanne Brownell Web Exclusive May 11, 2007 The genocidal massacres of Srebrenica took place more than a decade ago, but Kathryne Bomberger relives them every day. As the director general of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Bomberger spends a good portion of her days visiting mass graves. Another grim stop: the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) in Tuzla, Bosnia. Specially built to house recovered remains of Srebrenica victims, it is filled from floor to ceiling with body bags and thousands of bones. There are also poignant personal items like clothing,...
  • Actor questions why war crimes suspects still at large

    09/21/2006 9:20:33 AM PDT · by montyspython · 40 replies · 971+ views ^ | September 20, 2006
    Actor questions why war crimes suspects still at large September 20, 2006 12:27 PM SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina-Richard Gere said Wednesday he hopes a film he is making in Bosnia about a pair of journalists hunting a war crimes suspect will raise questions about why those wanted for the Balkans' worst wartime atrocities remain at large. The film, "Spring Break in Bosnia," is being shot in Bosnia and Croatia. Gere and Terrence Howard play reporters searching for a fictional war criminal who bears a close resemblance to one of the Balkans' last top suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Karadzic and...
  • Justice or Vindictive Triumph?

    08/25/2006 1:09:38 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Is the indictment by the Hague Tribunal of Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges based on “justice” or “vindictive triumph”, revenge and retribution? Is he indicted because he prevented NATO expansion and US penetration into Southeastern Europe? Is his greatest crime opposition to the US and NATO and the EU? One person’s war criminal is another person’s hero. On June 30, 2006, the ICTY convicted the senior Bosnian Muslim military commander of Srebrenica of committing war crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians because forces under his control tortured and murdered unarmed Bosnian Serb civilians in Srebrenica. Oric was a convicted war...
  • "A TOAST TO THE DEAD" - Srebenica Widows Sue UN, Dutch Government

    07/05/2006 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 15 replies · 755+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 4, 2006 | Udo Ludwig and Ansgar Mertin
    Some of the Dutch United Nations soldiers who failed to prevent the massacre of Srebenica in July 1995 gave the Serbs a back-slapping welcome, handed over their uniforms and even actively helped to separate Bosnian men from their families, say relatives of the 8,000 men and boys who were murdered. A German attorney is preparing a lawsuit against the UN and the Netherlands. They are unbelievable scenes that Sabaheta Fejzic, a bookkeeper from Vogosca near Srebenica, will never forget. War had been raging for years in Bosnia, and in the summer of 1995 everyone in Srebrenica was scared to death...
  • Carla Del Ponte’s UN Commandos Ready to Roll into Serbia

    06/19/2006 7:35:18 AM PDT · by montyspython · 13 replies · 454+ views ^ | June 09, 2006 | Christopher Deliso
    Carla Del Ponte’s UN Commandos Ready to Roll into Serbia One of the most dramatic events in the modern Balkans may go down very soon. But will it be a success- and if so, for whom? Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte has been angered by Serbia’s failure to capture and extradite war crimes suspects Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. This, compounded by the mysterious death of trophy captive Slobodan Milosevic in March, has put Del Ponte perilously close to being deprived of the glory she has sought for so long. For despite many convictions, the failure to get the...
  • Why insist on Mladic's arrest?

    05/12/2006 6:17:13 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 57 replies · 693+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Friday May 12, 2006 | Timothy William Walters
    I don't think Europe should insist on arresting Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of war crimes. That's hardly the side of the debate one wants to be assigned, because Mladic - described as the engineer of ethnic cleansing at Srebrenica and Sarajevo in the 1990s - should be arrested and handed over to the United Nations' war crimes tribunal. But why might it not be a good idea for Europe to insist on it? There are good arguments for linking Serbia's entry into the European Union to Mladic's arrest, but the union isn't making them. Instead....
  • World Court asked to decide if a country can be guilty of genocide

    02/26/2006 6:26:40 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 773+ views
    Associated Press | February 26, 2006
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Generals and politicians have been convicted of genocide, but the UN's highest court will consider Monday whether a country - in this case Serbia - can be guilty of humanity's worst crime. The stakes potentially include billions of dollars and history's judgment. Thirteen years after Bosnia filed the case with the International Court of Justice, its lawyers will lay out their lawsuit against Serbia and Montenegro - the successor state for the defunct Yugoslavia - charging it with a premeditated attempt to destroy Bosnia's Muslim population, in whole or part. "Not since the end...
  • Dragas says SAS captured Ratko Mladic in Romania

    02/23/2006 10:28:15 AM PST · by montyspython · 21 replies · 765+ views
    Dragas says SAS captured Ratko Mladic in Romania Banja Luka, 09:16 General Ratko Mladic was arrested in Romania by British SAS commandos on Tuesday during a joint British-Romanian security force exercise, Director of Serbia & Montenegro International Institute for Security Orhan Dragas told Republika Srpska Television. Dragas claims The Hague Tribunal will deny information on Mladic’s arrest as long as it sees him in Scheweningen prison. Dragas added that Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica is wise enough to ensure that Mladic be arrested by foreign troops rather than by Serbian police. “Ratko Mladic did not want to turn himself in...
  • International Security Institute Director Claims Mladic Was Arrested in Romania

    02/23/2006 5:58:12 AM PST · by Banat · 3 replies · 198+ views
    Focus News Agency ^ | 22 February 2006 | Focus
    Serbia and Montenegro International Security Institute Director Claims Mladic Was Arrested in Romania 22 February 2006 | 19:50 | FOCUS News Agency Banja Luka. General Ratko Mladic was arrested in Romania by British SAS commandoes yesterday during joint British - Romanian security forces drill, Director of Serbia and Montenegro International Institute for Security Orhan Dragas told in interview with RTRS, Bosnia agency FENA informs. Dragas stated Hague Tribunal refuted information on Mladic’s arrest because Mladic has not yet been handed over to The Hague. According to Dragas Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica was wise not to want Ratko Mladic to...
  • Net tightens on Serb war-crimes fugitive (Wesley Clark Photo with Him.)

    02/22/2006 3:07:02 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 15 replies · 485+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 2-22-06 | DOUG SAUNDERS
    Sarajevo — One of the most sought-after war-crimes fugitives in the world appeared close to capture last night as Serbian government sources said that former general Ratko Mladic has been found and was negotiating his surrender after a decade in hiding. Rumours abounded yesterday that the ex-commander of Serbian armed forces had been arrested in either Bosnia or Serbia. He is said to be responsible for such atrocities in the Bosnian civil war of the 1990s as the slaughter of more than 7,000 men and boys in the United Nations safe haven of Srebrenica........"
  • Top war crimes fugitive Mladic arrested: report

    02/21/2006 9:41:00 AM PST · by montyspython · 84 replies · 1,605+ views
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Top Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic has been arrested, the official Serbian news agency Tanjug on Tuesday quoted a local television station in Bosnia's Serb Republic as saying. No immediate confirmation of the report was available. Tanjug said TV BN reported the wartime Bosnian Serb Army commander had been taken into custody in the Serbian capital Belgrade and was being transferred via the northeast Bosnian city of Tuzla to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. An earlier report by Belgrade's "Studio B" television said Mladic had been located "in the area of...
  • Mladic arrest operation 'under way' [Wanted Serb general is surrounded]

    02/21/2006 1:23:13 PM PST · by aculeus · 20 replies · 608+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 21, 2006 | Mark Oliver and agencies
    An operation was underway tonight to capture the fugitive Serbian general Ratko Mladic - one of the world's most wanted war crimes suspects for his role in the Bosnian war. A senior Serbian state security official told the Associated Press that he been located and authorities were negotiating his surrender, some 10 years after he was first indicted by the UN. Gen Mladic was located but "he has yet not been arrested," said the official, who is close to the arrest operation. The commander was in charge of Serbian troops accused of ethnic cleansing in the 1992-1995 war and the...
  • War Crimes Fugitive Believed Cornered

    02/21/2006 12:50:51 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 599+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | Feb. 21, 2006
    War Crimes Fugitive Believed Cornered By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press Writer War crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the Bosnian war, has been located and authorities are negotiating his surrender, a top state security official said Tuesday. Mladic was located but "he has yet not been arrested," the official, who is close to the operation to locate Mladic, told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The state news agency Tanjug reported that Mladic was arrested in Belgrade and being...
  • Srebrenica, lies and media games

    02/16/2006 8:36:01 PM PST · by zagor-te-nej · 75 replies · 1,252+ views
    Trajkovic Web Site ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | zagor-te-nej
    The Srebrenica operation was planned so that Bosnian Serb forces were positioned in a shape of a horseshoe, thus intentionally leaving space for the Muslim army and civilians to retreat North, North-West towards Tuzla. The distance of 36km and the configuration of the terrain are such that any man in average physical condition can cross it on foot. The military operation was conducted in this manner with the intention of minimizing the number of casualties, since the Muslims had brought in substantial military forces. If the Muslim forces had been hermetically enclosed, a violent fight would have ensued in which...
  • Getting Serious

    02/07/2006 8:14:44 AM PST · by lizol · 81+ views
    Transitions Online ^ | 6 February 2006 | Igor Jovanovic
    Getting Serious by Igor Jovanovic 6 February 2006 The EU could block a key agreement with Belgrade if war-crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic is not arrested. BELGRADE, Serbia and Montenegro | Serbia’s path to the EU is currently blocked by a single individual: retired General Ratko Mladic, an indicted war criminal. Mladic’s arrest has become an urgent matter for the Belgrade government since European officials have made it clear that a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) would not be concluded unless Serbia fully cooperates with the Hague tribunal, which means handing over the wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb army. The...
  • US backs Kosovo incentives for Serbs

    01/30/2006 1:54:34 AM PST · by kronos77 · 43 replies · 793+ views
    he US yesterday made the case for offering Serbia incentives to reach agreement in negotiations over the final status of Kosovo, while setting out the possibility of independence for the province if the ethnic Albanian majority accepted compromises to accommodate its Serbian minority. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state, told a Senate hearing the US was neither championing independence nor autonomy for Kosovo. But diplomats said his testimony was a clear signal the US looked favourably on independence, under certain conditions. In what diplomats also called a significant policy statement, Mr Burns made clear the US had no objection to independence...
  • Phone Call Led Serbs to Wanted Fugitive [Mladic]

    12/27/2005 6:04:23 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 3 replies · 279+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/27/2005 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    Phone Call Led Serbs to Wanted Fugitive By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated PressBELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - A Serbian security official said Tuesday that investigators had located aides to top war crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic by intercepting one of his cell phone conversations.As a result, the arrest of the wartime Bosnian Serb military commander "has never been closer," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said last week that authorities had identified a number of people allegedly aiding Mladic — who went into hiding in 2003 —...
  • Croatian fugitive general seized

    12/08/2005 9:33:00 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 10 replies · 409+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 December 2005
    A Croatian general charged with war crimes has been held in Spain, the UN's chief war crimes prosecutor has said. Ante Gotovina - the third most-wanted suspect from the 1990s Balkan wars - was arrested on Wednesday night in the Canary Islands, said Carla Del Ponte. Gen Gotovina, 50, is accused over the death of about 150 Serb civilians during a Croatian offensive in 1995. The Croatian government's failure to arrest him had hampered the country's entry talks with the European Union. Ms Del Ponte said she hoped efforts would now be stepped up to arrest the top two men...
  • Ex-General with links to Mladic becomes Serbia's defence minister

    10/22/2005 2:33:46 PM PDT · by shpirag · 3 replies · 210+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Oct 21, 2005 | AP
    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Lawmakers Friday elected a reported ally of notorious war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic as Serbia-Montenegro's new defense minister. Zoran Stankovic, former director of the Belgrade military hospital, was elected with 72 votes in the 126-member assembly. Stankovic's candidacy was put forward by Serbia, the country's larger republic, after an equipment purchase scandal forced the previous minister to resign. Some analysts believe Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica proposed Stankovic in hopes that he would persuade Mladic to surrender to the Netherlands-based U.N. war crimes tribunal. Stankovic, 51, is believed to have close ties to Mladic, a former...
  • NATO To Hold Karadzic's Son Indefinitely

    07/08/2005 11:53:33 AM PDT · by Jomini · 106 replies · 1,375+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 8, 2005 | RFE Staff
    NATO says it will keep the son of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in custody until he reveals information that may lead to the capture of his father. NATO spokesman in Sarajevo Derek Chappell told the dpa news agency that Aleksandar Karadzic will be kept in detention as long as it takes to get information NATO believes he has. NATO military units picked Karadzic up Thursday at his home in Pale, near Sarajevo. The UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague has indicted the elder Karadzic on charges of genocide and war crimes. There is no information on what...
  • Nato troops arrest Karadzic's son

    07/07/2005 12:08:25 PM PDT · by Jomini · 24 replies · 803+ views
    BBC ^ | July 7, 2005 | BBC Staff
    Nato troops have arrested the son of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, who is wanted for war crimes. Aleksandar "Sasa" Karadzic was detained in Pale, the Bosnian leadership's stronghold during the 1992-1995 war. Witnesses said he was led away in handcuffs and a flak jacket; a hood was put over his head as he was driven away and then flown out by helicopter. A statement from Nato said the arrest happened without incident and the operation was ongoing. It said Aleksandar Karadzic was suspected of giving support to a war crimes suspect indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for...
  • War Crimes Suspect Mladic Located in Serbia

    06/10/2005 3:54:14 AM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies · 367+ views
    Press Association by way of Scotsman ^ | 10JUN05 | Press Association
    Top war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic has been located in Serbia and his arrest and extradition to the UN war crimes tribunal is imminent, a prominent Belgrade newspaper reported today. The independent Danas said the current location of the war-time Bosnian Serb army commander was provided to the Serbian government by chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte during her June 2 visit to Belgrade. The report could not be independently verified, and a government source refused to comment. Mladic and another top suspect, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, have been on the run since 1995 when they were...
  • Where's Ratko?

    04/30/2005 5:31:40 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 34 replies · 918+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | April 29th, 2005 | By Christopher Orlet
    Just four years ago it was not unusual to find wanted war criminal Ratko Mladic enjoying himself at one of Belgrade's finer dining establishments or getting drunk and belligerent at a football match. Hailed as a war hero and protected by President Slobodan Milosevic and the Serbian army, the former Bosnian Serb general was living the good life in retirement. In contrast, try to imagine Himmler or Mengele attending opening night at the Vienna Opera House in 1950. Mladic remained on the payroll of both the Serbian and the Bosnian Serb military for years after he was indicted for war...
  • US Joins in Coordinated Moves on Balkans War Crimes Fugitives

    12/16/2004 2:04:51 PM PST · by Hoplite · 40 replies · 584+ views
    Voice Of America ^ | 16 December 2004 | David Gollust David Gollust David Gollust David Gollust
    US Joins in Coordinated Moves on Balkans War Crimes Fugitives By David Gollust State Department 16 December 2004 The international community Thursday announced new measures against Bosnian Serb officials for failing to hand over indicted Balkans war crimes figures to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague. They include targeted sanctions by the United States. The coordinated action by the United States, the International High Representative for Bosnia, Paddy Ashdown, and European Union peacekeepers in Bosnia reflects international frustration that key Balkans war crimes figures remain at large. Mr. Ashdown, international overseer of the 1995 Dayton accords on the Balkans conflict,...
  • Soldiers' deaths shed light on Belgrade's secret communist-era 'underground city'

    11/23/2004 2:31:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 617+ views
    AP ^ | November 19, 2004 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    A probe into the mysterious shooting of two soldiers has revealed the existence beneath the Serbian capital of a secret communist-era network of tunnels and bunkers that could have served as recent hideouts for some of the world's most-wanted war crimes suspects. The 2-square-mile complex -- dubbed a "concrete underground city" by the local media -- was built deep inside a rocky hill in a residential area of Belgrade in the 1960s on the orders of communist strongman Josip Broz Tito. Until recently its existence was known only to senior military commanders and politicians. The secret was revealed during an...
  • Radovan Karadzic: "It's better for them to kill me"

    08/08/2004 1:12:51 AM PDT · by Karadjordje · 4 replies · 2,621+ views
    Drentse Courant/Groninger Dagblad ^ | May 18 1997 | Rob Siebelink
    Radovan Karadzic, the psychiatrist who became the most wanted war criminal"It's better for them to kill me" YES, IT WAS AN unusual picture of a man who is generally seen as The Most Wanted Man in the world. Radovan Karadzic, the former psychiatrist, the former leader of the Bosnian-Serbian party SDS, the former president of the Bosnian-Serbs. Believed to be the architect of ethnic cleansing and atrocities which we only know from the books and films (I mean, I wasn't born yet) about World War 2, and now sitting on a couch with his 3-months young grandson Nebosha sleeping...
  • Report: Bosnian Serb Gen. Won't Surrender

    07/21/2004 6:27:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 252+ views
    ap ^ | Wed Jul 21 | KATARINA KRATOVAC
    ELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - One of the world's most-wanted war crimes fugitives — Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic — has sent a message to authorities saying he will not surrender, a Serbian newspaper reported Wednesday. Photo AP Photo Mladic has been on the run since his indictment by a U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague (news - web sites), Netherlands, in connection with the massacre of thousands of Muslims in the town of Bosnian city of Srebrenica in 1995. According to a report Wednesday by the Blic daily, which cited an anonymous Serbian government source, Serbian authorities have been...
  • U.S. General Says Fugitives Karadzic, Mladic Closer to Capture

    07/13/2004 7:42:59 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | Jul 13
    July 12 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. Army general expressed confidence that his multinational force is closing in on Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, the top war crimes fugitives in Europe, even as Bosnian officials pointed to confusion over who is responsible for capturing them. ``We are beginning to strangle them,'' said Major General Virgil Packett, commander of the Bosnia Stabilization Force, at a briefing before the House Armed Services Committee today in Washington. ``We are hearing them squeal a bit.'' With Bosnia and Herzegovina's entry into the European Union on hold until the men can be detained under United Nations...
  • Karadzic arrest expected today

    06/29/2004 6:55:38 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 64 replies · 387+ views ^ | June 30, 2004 | By Edith M. Lederer
    THE chief UN war crimes prosecutor for former Yugoslavia said she expects Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic to be handed over for prosecution by today. Carla del Ponte refused to disclose the basis for her optimism that Karadzic, who has been in hiding for nearly a decade, will be arrested by the end of the month. "I'm still thinking that somebody is looking for Karadzic very hard, and that he will be arrested very soon," she said. "Of course I have (information). But you all understand that I cannot tell it now publicly. Let's obtain the arrest of...
  • Del Ponte deputy spills the beans

    06/24/2004 11:19:12 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 2 replies · 153+ views
    THE HAGUE -- Thursday – Neither of the Hague Tribunal’s most wanted suspects – former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic – will ever appear before the international criminal tribunal, says Graham Blewett, The Hague’s outgoing deputy prosecutor. Blewett’s view is sharply opposed to that of Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who said last week that she expects Karadzic to be captured as early as this month. Hague observers say that the difference of opinion between Del Ponte and her deputy is nothing new, and Blewett himself makes no secret of the fact that his departure has been prompted...
  • Gone, but not quite forgotten (Serb War Criminals)

    02/01/2004 2:00:18 PM PST · by mark502inf · 18 replies · 242+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 2, 2004
    Gone, but not quite forgotten Celebici is a remote gnat of a place. A few dozen houses and a church surrounded by forest in the Bosnian hills. But it was as big as the headlines it generated when NATO-led forces staged Operation Daybreak there in February 2002, ostensibly hoping to net Radovan Karadzic - the still-at-large Bosnian Serb leader indicted by The Hague's war crimes tribunal for helping lead a genocide in 1992-95 that killed up to 200,000 people, mostly Bosnian Muslims. Helicopters disgorged black-masked troops, who kicked in doors and blew open locks as they conducted house-to-house searches, but...
  • Wesley Clark to Testify at Milosevic Trial

    12/11/2003 12:24:01 PM PST · by Shermy · 20 replies · 179+ views
    AP ^ | December 11, 2003
    WASHINGTON - Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is breaking from his presidential campaign on Saturday to travel to the Netherlands to testify in closed session at the U.N. war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The Democratic candidate, who as supreme commander of NATO led the 1999 bombing campaign to drive Milosevic out of Kosovo, arrives in Amsterdam on Sunday and is scheduled to testify for several hours the following morning at The Hague. Clark will continue his testimony on Tuesday against the deposed leader, who was ousted in 2000 and later extradited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal....
  • France's Dodgy Deals (Editorial)

    07/11/2003 5:36:24 AM PDT · by propertius · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11th July, 2003 | Editorial
    France's dodgy deals (Filed: 11/07/2003) Why does the French ruling class have such a tendresse for geopolitical rough trade? The French seem to love cutting deals with the worst elements of the international system. Everyone knows about President Chirac's long-time dalliance with Ba'athist Iraq. But less well known have been his attempts to treat with Serb nationalism. The War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague has now heard allegations that Mr Chirac agreed to sabotage the extradition of General Ratko Mladic, one of the worst of the Bosnian Serb war criminals, in exchange for the release of two French pilots captured...
  • Chirac 'in secret deal with Serb general'

    07/11/2003 5:32:36 AM PDT · by propertius · 3 replies · 191+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11th July, 2003 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Chirac 'in secret deal with Serb general' By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels (Filed: 11/07/2003) President Jacques Chirac negotiated a secret deal to protect Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of Europe's worst atrocities since the Second World War, according to evidence submitted to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Ratko Mladic M Chirac allegedly agreed to sabotage the extradition of Gen Mladic to face genocide charges for his role in the planned extermination of Bosnian Muslims, including the massacre of 7,000 men and boys in the UN safe haven of Srebrenica in July 1995. In exchange,...
  • US threatens to cut aid to Belgrade

    01/21/2003 10:00:31 PM PST · by Ichabod Walrus · 5 replies · 291+ views
    BBC ^ | January 22, 2003 | Matthew Price
    Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 00:29 GMT US threatens to cut aid to Belgrade Prosper (left) urged Serbs to cooperate By Matthew Price BBC correspondent in Belgrade The authorities in Belgrade have been told that they must hand over three key war crimes suspects by 31 March or risk losing financial aid and other support from the United States. Mladic's arrest could mean an end to further prosecutions The message was delivered to Belgrade during a visit by the US Department of State's Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, Pierre-Richard Prosper. Mr Prosper suggested if the three individuals are handed over there...
  • Serbia: Mladic Arrest Key to NATO Membership

    01/03/2003 6:45:29 AM PST · by Voronin · 4 replies · 228+ views
    IWPR ^ | 02-Jan-03 | Matthew Holliday and Daniel Sunter in
    Serbia: Mladic Arrest Key to NATO Membership Belgrade's plans to join NATO's Partnership for Peace programme threatened by reluctance to surrender Mladic to The Hague. By Matthew Holliday and Daniel Sunter in Belgrade (BCR No. 394, 02-Jan-03) Belgrade will not realise its dream(?) of entering the NATO fold in 2003 because of the domestic political risk of surrendering Hague tribunal indictees, most notably the former Bosnian Serb commander, Ratko Mladic. Western diplomats and Belgrade analysts believe Mladic is living in Yugoslavia under the protection of the military's secret service. Observers say no political force in the land can countenance the...
  • Bystanders to Mass Murder

    08/17/2002 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Leper Messiah · 11 replies · 244+ views
    Harvard edu via Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2002 | Samantha Power
    Last week, for the first time in history, a Western government resigned because it was a bystander to genocide. On Tuesday the popular Dutch prime minister, Wim Kok, and his cabinet stepped down in response to a 7,600-page report that faulted the Dutch government and army for sending a flimsy posse of some 400 Dutch peacekeepers on an "ill-conceived and virtually impossible" mission to protect Bosnian Muslims in the U.N. safe area of Srebrenica. In July 1995 the safe area became the most dangerous spot on earth when Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic strolled into town. After meeting little resistance...
  • What Yugoslav Army Death Squads did after Srebrenica....

    04/25/2002 2:35:29 AM PDT · by ABrit · 26 replies · 2,941+ views
    ICTY ^ | 22nd January 2002 | ICTY
    25.1            Potocari:  On 12 July 1995, in between the Zinc Factory and “Alija’s” house, VRS and/or MUP soldiers, working together with other individuals and units in the Joint Criminal Enterprise and under the command and control of Ratko Mladic, Radislav Krstic, VIDOJE BLAGOJEVIC, and others, summarily executed by decapitation approximately eighty to one hundred Bosnian Muslim men.  The bodies were then taken away on a truck.  All of these Bosnian Muslim men had been taken prisoner from among the group of Bosnian Muslims in Potocari by VRS and/or MUP soldiers working together with other individuals and units in the Joint...