Friday, May 27, 2011

Mladic faces a court that did not condemn their political masters

Ratko Mladic, a former general of the Bosnian Serbs accused of committing major war crimes and massacres against civilians in the war in the former Yugoslavia in the nineties at 69 has a long judicial process that can be ordered in by life in prison. Doctors at Belgrade must decide whether Ratko Mladic is able to attend and testify at a preliminary hearing to extradite him to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Mladic was transferred yesterday to the Special Court in Belgrade, where he was being questioned by a judge. There will have to read the charges against him by the ICTY. Following this procedure, the court must decide whether to extradite to The Hague. However, the judge had to suspend the Question Time due to "poor health" of detainees.

"I could barely respond," said one of the lawyers said. According to the law governing the cooperation of Serbian authorities with the ICTY, Mladic and his lawyers have a period of three days to appeal the extradition order. When the court decision becomes final, the former military chief may be moved to Holland, although the last word have the Serbian Ministry of Justice.

Mladic had suffered a stroke during the years he has been fleeing justice and has a hand immobilized, as reported by the Serbian newspaper Blic. The former general was "pale, as if he had been imprisoned for a long period of time." Although it is still uncertain with the possibility of him serving life sentence for the heinous crimes for which he is charged as has happened with senior Serbs who have preceded him in Criminal Court in The Hague to judge the crimes committed in the war the former Yugoslavia and that never ended up in prison as Radovan Karadzic and former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who died while the trial unfolded.

According to the indictment, the former general will be tried in the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague and must answer to charges of genocide of more than 8,000 people, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the war that broke up Yugoslavia and against the Bosnian population.

The former general will be transferred in the coming days by the Serbian authorities in Belgrade to the authorities of the Netherlands, where he will be tried in The Hague where he has based the high court to try crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. One element that will use the defense of the accused is his health, which as you can see in the picture accompanying this article has appeared seemingly tired and fatigue symptoms.

The same court in The Hague for 18 months also judged for war crimes, genocide, Radovan Karadzic, political head of the Bosnian Serbs and Mladic, who ordered the massacres run against the civilian population, especially during the massacre of civilians ( mostly men) from Srebrenica. Karadzic, who has not known since his arrest in July 2008 the high court has halted the process owing to concerns over health is still pending a court decision.

The former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was never convicted because he died in the legal process. Ratko Mladic's lawyers will try to disrupt the trial and provide evidence that Mladic was following orders from his superiors. For its part, the thousands of Bosnian victims' families hope that Mladic will be finally judged and condemned and finally end up in prison for crimes he committed and justice.

Enlargement of the charges for Croatia The International Criminal Tribunal for war crimes in former Yugoslavia (ICTY) considered expanding the indictment against Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladic in Serbia yesterday arrested for various crimes committed in Croatia in 1991. This was confirmed last night the ICTY Chief Prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, before leaving the Croatian islands of Brijuni, where he attended a meeting of prosecutors from Southeast Europe, Zagreb media reported.

"When Mladic to The Hague we come from Anyway, considering the expansion of the indictment, "Brammertz said the agency Hina Croatian Croatian journalists to answer on this possibility, reports EFE. ICTY chief prosecutor said his office has already prepared material for a possible extension in that direction.

Croatia believes Mladic guilty of war crimes committed in the country against Croatian civilians in 1991, when he commanded the Ninth Corps of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), based in Knin, the time zone turned into the capital of the rebel Republic Serbia Krajina. " The ICTY indictment against Ratko Mladic is focused for now only in war crimes and crimes against humanity, and genocide committed between 1992 and 1995 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The court in the Croatian town of Sibenik in 1992 sentenced in his absence to Mladic to 20 years in prison as responsible for bombings of civilian facilities in that city and several others in the area by the JNA forces. In 1995, Mladic was indicted by the tribunal to the Croatian city of Split to have given orders to his soldiers to destroy the dam and hydroelectric Peruca, which could have caused many flood victims in several villages downstream.

According to the indictment, to that end were placed 30 tons of explosives, but luck and the quick and selfless action by Croatian experts were able to limit damage to the power plant. A Mladic is also considered responsible for the slaughter of over a hundred Croat civilians in villages and Saborsko Skabrnja in 1991, area under their responsibility.

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