Prosecutor steps up pressure for arrest of Serbia's Mladic

6th October 2010, Comments 3 comments

A failure to arrest Bosnian Serb genocide suspect Ratko Mladic would be "exceptionally negative" for post-war reconciliation in the ex Yugoslavia, the war crimes prosecutor said Wednesday.

Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), repeated his calls for Serbia to do more to find Mladic, on the run since a warrant was issued for his arrest in 1995.

"A non-arrest could have an exceptionally negative impact on possible reconciliation in the region," Brammertz told Dutch MPs in The Hague.

Only a "limited number of people" were involved in the search for the fugitive in Serbia, he told a European affairs parliament committee. "We think that the means (to investigate) must be increased."

Mladic, the ICTY's most wanted fugitive, is accused of masterminding the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 people dead in 1995 and the July massacre that year of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"We do not doubt that a number of people with political responsibility are pushing hard for the arrests" of Mladic and Goran Hadzic, the wartime president of the self-proclaimed Serb republic of Krajina, said Brammertz.

"But it is also clear that there are people who see it differently. It is quite clear that there is still a so-called support network."

"We see that people are busy but more can be done," he said.

Since its creation in 1993, the ICTY has indicted 161 people, including former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who died in detention in 2006 at The Hague, and Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb political chief, whose trial is still under way.

Brammertz referred to a "worst case scenario" of Mladic and Hadzic still on the run by the time the last case before the ICTY concludes. All trials are expected to finish 2012 and appeals by 2013.

If the two had not been arrested by then, a "residual mechanism, a sort of dormant, mini-ICTY" will be set up "that can be activated the day that the fugitives are arrested," the prosecutor said.


© 2010 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • jill starr posted:

    on 6th November 2010, 14:50:36 - Reply

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    Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states
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  • jill starr posted:

    on 6th November 2010, 14:49:34 - Reply

    What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran
    Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic ( ) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator


    Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large
    and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

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  • jill starr posted:

    on 6th November 2010, 14:48:59 - Reply

    Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot
    Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lpcyusa
    (The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

    http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/irrefutable-proof-icty-is-corrupt-court-irrefutable-proof-the-hague-court-cannot-legitimately-prosecute-karadzic-case/irrefutableproofictyiscorruptcourtirrefutableproofthehaguecourtcannotlegitimatelyprosecutekaradziccase

    This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and
    others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

    Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states
    instituting the ICC