Presuda Herceg-Bosanskoj Šestorki dolazi tačno dvadeset godina od vremena kada su brojni uključujući i članove moje porodice bili dijelom tih nesretnih događaja u Hercegovini i Srednjoj Bosni. Dvije decenije nakon osnivanja Herceg-Bosne, koncentracionih logora i uništavanja kulturno-historijskog nasljeđa svih naroda na jugu Bosne i Hercegovine pravda je došla na svoje. Kazne koje su izrečene mnoge neće zadovoljiti, ali ako pogledamo godine starosti osuđenih, onda moramo priznati da su ovakve kazne ravne doživotnim kaznama zatvora čak i ako u ćelijama svjetskih zatvora provedu samo 2/3 kazne. Continue reading
Balkans are probably one of the most interesting regions in the world. In that geographically small area of South-Eastern Europe over the last 100 or so years world powers fought many battles and wars. Since Berlin Congress in 1878 Balkans are one of the crucial places in the geo-strategic games between East and West. In 1914 Gavrilo Princip shot to death Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, in 1945 that areas was surgically sliced and separated by the Big Three at Yalta Conference, from 1945 to 1990 was one of the strongest economic and military powers in that part of Europe. Then started another Balkanian catastrophe. With death of Yugoslavia’s dictator and communistic leader Josip Broz Tito nationalism, radicalism and overpowering religionism started its rise which ended up with long-lasting war and hundreds of thousands of lost lives. Continue reading
SURREY – Sixty six years ago major Nazi war criminals lead by Herman Goering faced justice in Nuremberg courtroom being prosecuted for crimes committed under their command during Second World War, decade or so ago Slobodan Milosevic Serbian political leader and ex-Yugoslavian president entered ICTY (International Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia) to be questioned on his role in Balkan wars. Over the last decade numerous war criminals from Balkans stand in front of international justices facing their faith based on their actions during the most turbulent era at the end of 20th century. Currently one of the most interesting cases in front of justices is Serb Bosnian political leader Radovan Karadzic who was recently captured and transferred to the ICTY, but the most interesting case will start in couple of hours. General Ratko Mladic, elusive Bosnian Serb military commander who was in hiding for more than decade, will face justice and answer accusations on his account regarding major crimes committed against civilians on European soil since 1945.
General Mladic will stand trail on siege of Sarajevo, the longest siege of one city in modern history which claimed more than 11,500 innocent lives from 1992 to 1995. Despite these crimes, and many others which will be presented through evidences and more than 400 prosecution witnesses major attention of the Balkans and international attention will be on Srebrenica massacre from July 1995. Srebrenica is often described as largest war crime against civilians since the end of WWII and crimes committed in Nazi concentration camps. Continue reading
Half a century ago Adolf Eichmann faced justice after nearly two decades of hiding in plain sight. He was brought to Jerusalem to answer for his crimes in the Holocaust. Now another wanted man, General Ratko Mladic, will be brought in front of a judge to answer questions regarding his actions during the bloodiest European war since the Second World War.
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In a period when International Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia slowly brings it works to the end OSCE in cooperation with EU starts new project which will support domestic war crime trials in the former Yugoslavia. As it was reported from Belgrade War Crime Justice Project will be funded by the EU in amount of 4 million Euros and it will be carried out in partnership with ICTY, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in cooperation with regional field offices in former Yugoslavian republics.
Former member of Bosnian presidency Prof. Ejup Ganic continues his fight against Serbian request for his extradition from UK based on accusations for war crimes in 1992 in Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Ganic is arrested early this year on London’s Heathrow airport as one of 19 people who accused by Serbia for war crimes allegedly committed on May 2nd, 1992 in Sarajevo.
Bosnian Army stopped Yugoslavian Army convoy in effort to free captured president of presidency Alija Izetbegovic, his daughter Sabina and former Deputy Foreign Affair Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija. During this action several Yugoslavian Army soldiers get killed or badly injured.
Serbia accuses Mr. Ganic that he ordered attacks as “acting president” at that time and that he is responsible for murder and that he committed conspiracy to murder in breach of the Geneva conventions.
Beside Mr. Ganic in this case Serbia accused several other leading Bosnian politicians or Army leaders including Former Foreign Affair Minister Haris Silajdzic who is current president of Bosnian presidency and General Jovan Divjak who was present at the alleged massacre location in effort to avoid any conflicts.
International War Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia based in Holland’s Den Hague already cleared Mr. Ganic of any responsibility for alleged crimes in Dobrovoljacka ulica case, but Serbia continues battle for his extradition.
Ganic opposes this ides because he claims that he wouldn’t receive a fair and correct trial and treatment in Serbia, he also accused Serbian authorities for rewriting a Balkan history with support of UK authorities. Final hearings will continue in following days, and London Court decision is expected to be released by the end of this month.