Prosecutors demand life in jail for Srebrenica accused

8th September 2009, Comments 2 comments

Five of the men face genocide charges for the massacre.

The Hague -- Prosecutors sought life imprisonment Monday for seven top Bosnian Serb military officials accused in a UN court of the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.

"There can be no other sentence for all of these accused than life imprisonment," prosecutor Peter McCloskey told judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

McCloskey was arguing for the maximum sentence as the tribunal's biggest ever joint trial, which started in July 2006, was drawing to a close.

Five of the men face genocide charges for the massacre. They are Ljubisa Beara, 70, a former security chief in the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS); Vujadin Popovic, 52, security chief of the VRS's Drina Corps; Ljubomir Borovcanin, 49, deputy commander of a special Bosnian Serb police brigade, Vinko Pandurevic, 50, commander of the Zvornik brigade that led the attack on Srebrenica; and Drago Nikolic, 51, the brigade's chief of security.

The five stand accused of seeking "to destroy a part of the Bosnian Muslim people as a national, ethnical or religious group."

The other two, Radivoje Miletic, 61, and Milan Gvero, 71, officers attached to the VRS main staff, are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly blocking aid and supplies to Srebrenica.

All seven pleaded not guilty.

A court document says they acted on a directive of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to "remove the Muslim population" from Srebrenica by murdering all the able-bodied men.

The men's commanding officer, Radislav Krstic, was jailed for 35 years in 2004 for complicity in genocide.

Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN-protected enclave on July 11, 1995, brushing aside lightly-armed Dutch peacekeepers and executing thousands of Muslim men and boys.

Europe's worst atrocity since World War II is the only incident termed genocide by the ICTY.

The ICTY has indicted 19 people for Srebrenica of whom three, including Karadzic and fugitive Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, have yet to go on trial.

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2 Comments To This Article

  • Jill L Starr posted:

    on 1st October 2009, 23:02:36 - Reply

    Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot
    Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case
    (The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

    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
  • Miss Jill Louise Starr posted:

    on 23rd September 2009, 15:58:45 - Reply

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


    War crimes tribunals are only as effective as they are true tools of international social justice for bearing genuine

    historical record.If anyone doubts what I am saying, reexamine the political show trials of both Jesus and

    In the case of Dr Karadzic currently in the Hague, my eye witness testimony proves the Hague was never a true tool of

    international social justice from its very conceptions/construction phase.

    This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr karadzic and others awaiting trials in the

    Hague jail; like it or not.

    If American criminal Madoff stood in front of court that was as seriously corrupted, flawed and compromised as the

    Hague, he would have to be acquitted or transferred to another court.

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

    Hague, in Karadzic and other Hague case, there is no other international court capable; even if there was, the same

    United Nations member states that spoke about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for funding when I attended

    the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan would be morally incapable of constructing another court to

    hear cases.

    My suggestion is to transfer immediately Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trial at the Hague back to Serbia and their

    respective countries to decide how to proceed next.

    Sending Pinochet back to Chile (The Pinochet Precedent) combines both international legal standing and international

    legal precedent enough to return Dr Karadzic to Serbia for further actions if any.

    This owing to the my eye witness testimony insofar as the Hague’s criminal corruption. It also gives appropriate legal

    standing for Karadzic’s attorney for immediately filing a new obstruction of social legal jurisprudence in his case based on

    my comments on the entire matter.

    Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case

    And how is it, Richard Holbrook (Lying Moralist), the present Obama administration of my own country, the United

    States, and/or any other UN member state can stand anyone being tried at the Hague (ICC) court at all, which I testify to,

    is an institution at its very conception stages was based upon trading bribery for judicial appointments and verdicts

    Why is the entire world so quite and mentally bent on covering this fact up (?) How about an answer NBC, CBS AND

    CNN (?) I know you have seen my blogs because my book is written all over your own news sites (!)

    I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent

    International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a

    perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial

    appointments, for monetary funding.

    Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of

    the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly

    believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries

    feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this

    unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country

    representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed

    and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked! The idea was "let's discuss it." "It's a great topic

    to discuss."

    Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and

    judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I

    attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal


    In particular., since "Spain" was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for

    influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the

    UN, "Spain" must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was "socially acceptable" for

    conversation that day. They must have prevsiouly spoke about bribing the ICTY and ICC before in meetings; this is my

    take an international sociological honor student.

    Could anyone imagine the US Supreme Court having such a discussion about trading money for judicial verdicts and

    judicial appointments among the judges appointed and those funding it as an institution, and then say claim it was capable

    of giving anyone or anything a "fair trial" as the ICTY and ICC claim?

    The idea is utterly ridiculous and disgusting morally!

    J STarr

    *I am glad to continue receiving your latest news on the status conference in Beograd (!) I am all for closing down the

    Hague ASAP and rallying international support to do so. I still vividly remember whereby Spain was one of the most vocal

    countries in the ICC Preparatory Meetings in 2001 at the UN NYC: The lady representative from Spain wearing glasses

    with shortish i hair sat in the far corner at the table to my left arguing that Spain wanted to give the ICC more money to

    directly influence its “decisions over verdicts and judges,”

    Jill Starr in NJ

    And close the Hague down since it has almost reached its ’term limits.”

    They can bow out with a touch of graceful diplomacy.

    Read more:

    Make sure to read my other blogs on the topic: and,


    (Truth Really BITES the Corrupt ICTY Hague Court Lately!)

    By Jill Starr ( Me) on July 15, 2009 13:47

    (The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

    What It's Like to Chill with Whom the Rest of the World Considers To Be the Most Ruthless Men in the World: Ratko

    Mladic and Radovan Karadzic: Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator

    ----------------------------------- I hate to disappoint everyone, but, after chilling
    out with Karadzic and Mladic, I don't think that they are the most "ruthless men in the world at all." I thought it would

    make a catchy title for my book; but it is not morally correct to call them this; I don't think it is true. Jill Starr in NJ USA
    By lpcyu on July 30, 2009 22:18