PHOTO: You’re looking at a face of Srebrenica Genocide architect. Looking gaunt, visibly shaken and in tears, Radovan Karadzic is finally facing justice after 13 years on the run.
“You are Radovan Karadzic, aren’t you?” the judge Orie, asked. “Yes, I am,” he replied.
Gaunt and visibly shaken, Karadzic listened as the Dutch UN Judge Alphons Orie read out a chilling list of atrocities contained in a lengthy 25-page indictment of war crimes, including including: genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, extermination, violation of the customs of war, murder and the taking of hostages. Karadzic declined to enter a plea to the 11 charges against him.
Karadzic’s genocide charges will focus on his key role in the Bosnian Serb leadership which orchestrated the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniaks, as well as the forcible ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands of Srebrenica civilians. “You knew or had reasons that Bosnian Serb forces under you committed these crimes,” – said Judge Orie.
Other serious charges include the shelling of Sarajevo, where 12,000 civilians were killed during the 44-month siege – including 1,500 children – and the taking of UN peacekeepers hostage. “It is alleged that many thousands of civilians were killed including children and elderly,” said Judge Orie.
Dutch UN Judge Orie allowed Karadzic two minutes in Court Number One to make his case. Karadzic started making excuses about his rights, not even taking time to apologize to its victims. There were “irregularities” over the way he was arrested in Belgrade 10 days ago, Karadzic complained to the judge, “In Belgrade I was arrested irregularly, for three days I was kidnapped … my rights were not told me. I had no right to a telephone call or even an SMS,” he said.
Apparently, Karadzic would have surrendered himself to the court a decade ago, had he not feared for his life. He claimed that former U.S. peace mediator Richard Holbrooke is trying to kill him: “If Holbrooke still wants my death and regrets there is no death sentence at this court, I want to know if his arm is long enough to reach me here.”
Karadzic allegedly struck a deal with the US Ambasasdor Richard Holbrooke whereby if Karadzic retired from public life, the U.S. Government would not search for him. Holbrooke has in the past denied such claims. As Karadzic sought to list his grievances in detail, he was stopped short by the Judge Orie who said this was not the time or place to raise these issues and that he would have a chance to voice his complaints later.
As Karadzic was transferred to the tribunal’s detention unit in The Hague on Wednesday, ICTY chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz warned his trial may not start for months. “It will be a complex trial,” Brammertz said. “In order to prove these serious crimes, the prosecution will have to present a significant amount of evidence including the testimony of many witnesses.”
The judge set August 29th as the date for his next appearance. Under court rules if he refuses to enter a plea, then a plea of ‘not guilty’ is entered for him.
PHOTO: Radovan Karadzic before his departure to the Hague, and during his detention at the Belgrade’s War Crimes prison.
Updated: 4:38 pm
Radovan Karadzic’s defense team is comprised of Srebrenica genocide deniers, hard core Serbian nationalists, and admitted liars.
Earlier this morning, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was taken to a prison cell in The Hague to face trial at a U.N. war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and other crimes against humanity during Bosnia war 1992-95. He will appear before the judges tomorrow at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT).
Karadzic’s Lawyer Admits Lying
Today, Karadzic’s lawyer Svetozar Vujacic admitted he lied about sending an appeal against Karadzic’s extradition to the Hague. “No, I never sent it. It was the only way to prolong my client’s stay in Serbia, in order to give his family members a chance to visit him from Bosnia,” explained the lawyer to the broadcaster B92. In any normal country he would face consequences for purposefully lying to the judges and manipulating the Court, but not in Serbia.
Team of Deniers, Ultra-nationalist, and Crooks
Why is Dragan Karadzic not Arrested?
Radovan’s nephew Dragan bragged in the media how he helped protect the most wanted war criminal in the Belgrade. Yet, he was not arrested. They even allowed him to visit Radovan while he was held in the Belgrade’s War Crimes Court. In any normal country, he would be arrested and charged for helping wanted fugitive evade justice.
Meanwhile, Karadzic Family Gets Passports Back
Recently, the international high representative refused to lift Karadzic family’s travel ban so they can visit Radovan in Belgrade prison cell. He said that the children of Radovan Karadzic—Sonja and Sasha—“will have the opportunity to see their father for many years to come, which cannot be said of the victims from Srebrenica and many other places.” Unfortunately, Lajcak changed his stance today and returned them travel documents so they can go and visit the monster. Srebrenica genocide survivor, Munira Subasic lost 22 members of her family – she won’t be able to see them ever again.
SEVEN ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY OF SREBRENICA GENOCIDE IN A
Verdicts Announced in the cases against Miloš Stupar et al., Petar Mitrović and Miladin Stevanović (Kravica Cases)
Seven (7) of the Accused were convicted for the criminal offense of Genocide pursuant to Article 171 of the CC of BiH. The Court sentenced the Accused Milenko Trifunović, Brano Džinić, and Aleksandar Radovanović to forty-two (42) years long-term imprisonment, the Accused Miloš Stupar, Slobodan Jakovljević, and Branislav Medan to forty (40) years long-term imprisonment, and the Accused Petar Mitrović to thirty-eight (38) years long-term imprisonment. All 7 Accused were convicted for their participation in the killing of more than 1000 Bosniak men in the warehouse of the Farming Cooperative Kravica on 13 July 1995 as members of the 2nd Šekovići Special Police Detachment.
The Panel found that several thousand Bosniak men were captured and detained at the Sandići meadow in the morning and afternoon of 13 July. These men were part of the column of Bosniak men attempting to break out from the Srebrenica enclave after the capture of the enclave by the forces of the Republika Srpska. Many of these men were induced to surrender by deception, and were told they would be safe and taken to territory under control of ARBiH. At least one thousand of these men were then transported by bus or marched in a column to the warehouse of the Farming Cooperative Kravica, where they were further detained. Beginning in the early evening, shortly after the arrival of the column of men, these prisoners were executed in the warehouse by small arms fire, machine gun fire and the use of hand grenades.
The Panel also found that the Accused Milenko Trifunović and Aleksandar Radovanović were in front of the warehouse shooting at prisoners, whilst Brano Džinić was throwing hand grenades at them. Accused Slobodan Jakovljević, Branislav Medan, and Petar Mitrović, acted as armed guards at the rear of the warehouse in order to prevent the detained Bosniak men from escaping the ongoing killings through the windows at the rear of the warehouse. It is also found that Accused Mitrović fired from his automatic rifle at the detainees as well. The Panel concluded that these Accused perpetrated these acts with the genocidal intent, that is, with the aim to destroy in part a group of Bosniak people. These six Accused were accordingly found guilty as co-perpetrators in the commission of the criminal offense of Genocide.
In addition, the Panel found that the Accused Miloš Stupar was at the relevant time Commander of the 2nd Šekovići Detachment of the Special Police Brigade, that he knew of the criminal acts of his subordinates, and that he failed to take measures to punish them, having the genocidal intent as well. The Accused Stupar was accordingly also convicted of the crime of Genocide on the basis of command responsibility.
Four (4) Accused, Velibor Maksimović, Dragiša Živanović, Milovan Matić, and Miladin Stevanović, were acquitted of all charges. The Panel concluded that the Prosecutor failed to present sufficient legal evidence to prove beyond doubt that these Accused participated in committing the offense of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
The custody against the Accused Miloš Stupar, Milenko Trifunović, Brano Džinić, Aleksandar Radovanović, Slobodan Jakovljević, Branislav Medan, and Petar Mitrović was extended and the time that they have spent in custody will be credited towards their sentence. The Accused Velibor Maksimović, Dragiša Živanović and Miladin Stevanović were released from custody, whilst custody against Milovan Matić was cancelled previously during the main trial.
Source: The Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina (War Crimes Chamber)
Updated: July 29, 2008.
Will we wait another 13 years for Karadzic’s family to be arrested for protecting a wanted war criminal and yet lying how they knew nothing about his whereabouts?
Srebrenica genocide architect, Radovan Karadzic, freely traveled and regularly stayed in touch with his family. All with the help of Dragan Karadzic, son of Radovan’s brother Luka who is a radical Serb ultra-nationalist. Luka has been lately participating in demonstrations against the Karadzic’s arrest in Beglrade along with the Serbian right-wing extremist group OBRAZ, as well as the Serbian Radical party. Will Dragan and Luka Karadzic finally be arrested and charged for safeguarding the most wanted war criminal in Europe?
PHOTO: Fake tears of Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, wife of Srebrenica genocide architect Radovan Karadzic (aka: Dr. Dragan David Dabic). Good acting Ljiljana! You knew where he was all this time, but you kept silent!
Now we know that Radovan Karadzic’s family lied about not knowing his whereabouts. According to the only ‘free’ news media in Serbia, B92, Radovan Karadzic enjoyed watching soccer games in Italy (source). His favorite soccer teams were Inter (Milan) and Lazio (Rome) known in Italy for its right-wing rhetoric. Their fans even paid a “Tribute to the Tiger Arkan,” a late Serbian fugitive war criminal who was murdered in Belgrade back in 2000.
Dragan Karadzic confirmed to B92 that he regularly met with his uncle Radovan, but he refused to reveal where exactly Karadzic hid in the past. His uncle enjoyed reading hard-core Serbian nationalist newspapers, Kurir, and of course – the Bible. Dragan said he spoke to Radovan about the politics and pretty much about everything that happened in their family. He helped Radovan with finding safe rental apartments, and also served as a messenger, meeting with Karadzic’s family and conveying messages from Radovan.
Apparently, Dragan claims he knew he was monitored, so every time he met with Radovan, he used a different vehicle to trick investigators. Dragan was not in Belgrade at the time of Radovan’s arrest, and if he were “Radovan would not be arrested.”
Karadzic’s family has been playing this game for a long time. They have been portraying themselves as victims of the international community.
When Karadzic was arrested, his wife Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic said she was in ‘disbelief,’ but at least she knew he was alive. In a soap-opera style acting, his wife publicly called on her husband to surrender a few years ago to spare his family the frequent searches and difficult position caused by his flight from justice. When NATO raided house of Karadzic’s wife, Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, they found letters from Belgrade with initials Dragan David Dabic. She was known by putting up fake tears for the media and pretending to be innocent victim who never knew where her husband was.
Lajcak authorized the confiscation of passports and travel documents belonging to Karadzic’s wife Ljiljana Zelen Karadzic and children on January 10, on suspicion that the Karadzic family was helping him hide from authorities.
The Karadzic family has asked for their travel ban to be lifted to allow them to travel to Belgrade to visit Karadzic in prison before he is extradited to the Hague Tribunal.
The international high representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina said that the children of Radovan Karadzic—Sonja and Sasha—“will have the opportunity to see their father for many years to come, which cannot be said of the victims from Srebrenica and many other places.”
The question arises: Will Dragan Karadzic and Luka Karadzic, and other family members who knew Radovan Karadzic’s whereabouts, finally be arrested and charged for safeguarding the most wanted war criminal in Europe? Probably not, considering that Serbia is a safe haven for criminals.
Recently, a Serbian thug Miladin Kovacevic brutally attacked Jewish student Bryan Steinhauer who woke up from comma couple of days ago. Kovacevic was placed into custody after the event, but released on June 5 on USD $100,000 bail. Serbian vice-consul Igor Milosevic issued the suspect a new passport after the original one was confiscated, which allowed Kovacevic to flee America. According to the Serbian officials, Kovacevic is now in Serbia and playing for a local basketball team. This is just another example of Serbia protecting criminals and refusing to extradite them. Serbia will only unwillingly extradite Karadzic because of the pressure placed on them to co-operate with the Hague Tribunal.
Radovan Karadzic [left] in his alias as healer Dragan Dabic
poses with Serbian ‘bio energy expert’ Mina Minic.
A new details have emerged about the bizarre life of a mass murderer who evaded justice for 13 long years with the help of Serbian government, who reportedly issued fake ID’s and passport to him. Here is Radovan Karadzic’s publicly available contact information that HE provided to his gullible customers promising to heal their sexual, psychological, and other problems:
→ Karadzic’s E-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com (username “there is always help”) / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org .
→ Karadzic’s Official Web Site: http://www.psy-help-energy.com/
RADOVAN KARADZIC STOLE 36 MILLION EUROS FROM HIS FELLOW SERBS:
“There are documents indicating that Karadzic took about EUR 36mn in a bag out of Banja Luka in 1997. First he took EUR 14mn in cash from a safe in the RS National Bank, and another time he took EUR 4mn more. By then, he had already been deposed, and was hiding from the arm of international law,” the RS prime minister said in an interview with daily Dnevni Avaz published on March 31, 2005.
“Shortly after this interview, Dodik became RS prime minister, but never launched an investigation into the fraud, for which he claimed to have evidence. Instead, he is now promising to help the Karadzic family,” the daily writes.
In an unrelated incident, Karadzic was accused of fraud during the Eighties. Accused of using tax payers’ money to build a cottage in Pale, he was taken into custody in Sarajevo on November 1, 1984, but was released 11 months later for a lack of evidence.
On September 26, 1985, he was sentenced in Sarajevo to three years imprisonment for embezzlement and deception, but he never served his sentence.
KARADZIC REPORTEDLY STOLE IDENTITY OF SARAJEVO SNIPER VICTIM:
“My brother was killed in 1993 by a sniper bullet when he went to collect humanitarian aid”, told Mladen Dabic, the brother of the murdered man,, to a local TV in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “This is amazing, horrifying. My brother was running across a street and the sniper bullet came from the direction of Vrace.” At the time, the Vrace neighbourhood was under the control of Serbs.
SERBIAN GOVERNMENT CLAIMS KARADZIC ASSUMED IDENTITY OF A MAN IN RUMA:
According to Rasim Ljajic, the highest ranking ethnic Bosniak government official in Serbia, the ‘real’ Dragan Dabic lives in Ruma, a Serbian town just north of Belgrade. Ljajicis in charge of the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal. “Dabic’s ID differs from Karadzic’s only in the photographs of the two,” Ljajic said.
Bruno Vekaric, spokesman for Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor, said Karadzic obtained the false papers while Milosevic’s regime was still in power. Milosevic was ousted in a popular revolt in October 2000.
KARADZIC FREELY TRAVELED IN EUROPE AND VACATIONED WITH FAKE ID:
Karadzic also used his false ID to visit a monastery in Greece where he studied traditional meditative techniques, according to the Politika newspaper. When arrested – at a bus stop in Belgrade – he was said to be about ready to leave for a spa vacation.
GENERAL RATKO MLADIC ‘BETRAYED’ KARADZIC TO ‘SAVE’ HIMSELF:
The Daily Telegraph claims that Radovan Karadzic was arrested on the basis of information received from Ratko Mladic. The London daily, citing a source close to German secret services BND, adds that Mladic did so in order to avoid being tried for war crimes at the Hague, and be tried before the Serbian national courts instead.
“Mladic provided certain information about Karadzic, probably a few months ago, in order to save himself,“ says the source.
The paper also states that Mladic’s arrest is expected in the coming weeks, and that he is unlikely to avoid being extradited to The Hague once apprehended.
VOJVODINA WANTS TO KNOW WHO ISSUED FAKE IDs TO WAR CRIMINALS IN THE PROVINCE?
“[Radovan] Karadzic and [Stojan] Zupljanin used the identities of dead people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, which means that someone must have helped them to obtain their basic documents, such as their birth certificate, while it’s a fact that someone also helped them receive Serbian citizenship. So, there are a lot of questions that the authorities will need to answer quickly,” told Committee member Milan Djukic to Novi Sad daily Dnevnik.
“We’ll insist that the Interior Ministry provide us with comprehensive details of that phenomenon, because the fact that both fugitives had fake documents issued in Vojvodina police stations points not to an isolated problem, but to a systematic practice,” stressed Djukic.
COLONEL AVDO PALIC IS STILL MISSING, PLEASE JOIN THIS CAMPAIGN!
REMEMBERING ZEPA ENCLAVE: In 2006 opening statements, the U.N. Prosecutor McCloskey stated that “criminal orders in war are as a rule issued verbally”, and that a few exceptions existed to the rule. One of the most striking ones is a report sent on 21 July 1995 by General Zdravko Tolimir from Zepa to General Radomir Miletic, acting Chief of General Staff of the VRS. Tolimir is asking for help to crush some BH Army strongholds, expressing his view that “the best way to do it would be to use chemical weapons.” In the same report, ‘Chemical Tolimir’ proposed striking refugee columns leaving Zepa, because that would “force the ‘Muslim’ (Bosniak) fighters to surrender quickly,” in his opinion…
He succeeded in saving Zepa’s civilian population, but paid a price. Colonel Palic was seized by armed Bosnian Serb Army soldiers from the UN compound in Zepa in front of eyewitnesses. General Mladic himself acknowledged that Palic was seized. Colonel Palic has never been seen again by representatives of the international community. He became part of another tragic statistic of this war, adding his name to the thousands of people missing. Now Colonel Palic’s wife, Esma Palic, has to live not knowing the fate of her husband. We ask you to urge the authorities in Republika Srpska to provide all relevant information on the fate of Avdo Palic and the thousands of others who went missing during the war.
He is thought to have been held for some time as a prisoner of the Bosnian Serbs but it is now fairly certain that he is dead. His widow Esma Palic has been battling for years to find out from the authorities in Republika Srpska what actually happened to her husband and where his body is buried.
Phivan Wright, of the 23rd Houston Amnesty International Group in the US, who has been a committed supporter of Mrs Palic as well as a supporter of Hasan Nuhanovic’s campaign to secure justice for his family, has sent me a letter about the next step in the Group’s campaign on behalf of Mrs Palic. (Background and information about the campaign so far are at www.whereisavdopalic.com)
In an attempt to speed up the progress of enquiries and achieve a conclusion to the investigation Phivan is asking for letters / e-mails to be sent to Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, to complete the invetsiagation into Avdo Palic’s disappearnce so that those responsible can be brought to justice.
Please try and write as soon as possible and in any case in time for the anniversary of Avdo Palic’s disappearance, 27 July. And please pass on to anyone you think would be interested. The Houston Amnesty Group’s website about Avdo Palic (link below) will give you some of the background.
There’s a statement by Amnesty International about Karadzic’s arrest, and a link to an article that quotes Esma Palic commenting on the arrest at www.balkaninsight.com
Phivan’s message follows:
After a year-long hiatus, we (my Amnesty International group in Houston) are resuming work on the case of Avdo Palic since there has been no significant progress in the investigation in the last twelve months. For those of you who want to refresh your memory, go to www.whereisavdopalic.com (Note: this is a new URL).
When you last heard, the Republika Srspka (RS) Prime Minister had promised Esma Palic, Avdo’s wife, that he would speed up the work of the Commission appointed to investigate Avdo’s “disappearance”. Exhumations were carried out at Rasadnika, near Rogatica, and were witnessed by Mrs Palic. To date, six bodies have been exhumed, but none of those on which DNA analysis has been completed has been identified as that of Avdo’s. For the others, the results of the analysis are still to be announced. Amnesty Internaternational issued a statement in August 2007 expressing concern at the lack of progress. This month marks the 13th anniversary of Avdo’s “disappearance”. The search for his body must be speeded up and the investigation concluded without any further delay.
Attached is a sample letter to the RS Prime Minister. You will also find the letter below in case you cannot open the attachment. If you want to use email instead of snail mail, Prime Minister Dodik’s email address is email@example.com and Minister of Interior Cadjo’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send a blind copy to me at email@example.com so I can keep track of the number of letters sent. I’d be grateful if you could do it asap, or before July 27th, the 13th anniversary of Avdo’s “disappearance”. To those of you who maintain mailing lists or are members of a group, thank you for forwarding to your lists/groups.
The sample letter was drafted with Amnesty International members and people with limited time in mind. If you are not an AI member and/or want to use your own wording, that’s great. If you are writing in an Amnesty capacity, thank you for staying close to the spirit and tone of the sample letter.
I’m on vacation from this Thursday till the end of the month, and will only have intermittent access to email, but I will make every effort to get back to you promptly should you have any questions.
Thank you very much!
Phivan’s sample letter to Dodik (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Vuka Karadzica 4
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dear Prime Minister,
As a member of Amnesty International, I am concerned about the continuing impunity for “disappearances” and other violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed during the war in BiH, and the continuing lack of justice and redress for the victims of these violations and their relatives.
I am writing about Avdo Palic who “disappeared” from the UNPROFOR base in Zepa in 1995. This month marks the 13th anniversary of his “disappearance”. In 2001, the Human Rights Chamber instructed the RS government to carry out a full investigation into his fate, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice, and to make all such information available to his wife, Esma Palic. It is high time that those reasonably suspected of participation in Avdo Palic’s “disappearance” are brought to justice. The search for his body must be speeded up and successfully concluded without further delay.
According to Article 6 of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, “Any person alleged to have perpetrated an act of enforced disappearance in a particular state shall be brought before the competent civil authorities of that State for the purpose of prosecution” and “All States should take any lawful and appropriate action available to them to bring all persons presumed responsible for an act of enforced disappearance, found to be within their jurisdiction or under their control, to justice”.
Furthermore, the Human Rights Chamber of BiH has ruled that the continued suffering of the “disappeared” amounts to a violation of their right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment according to Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).
Thank you for keeping in mind the continued suffering of Avdo Palic’s family, and for your attention to this urgent matter. I look forward to hearing from you about any progress in this investigation.
Minister of the Interior Stanislav Cadjo
Desanke Maksimovic 4
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
THE MASTERMIND OF SREBRENICA GENOCIDE, HAILED AS THE “OSAMA BIN LADEN OF EUROPE,” WAS 13 YEARS ON THE RUN
Hopefully the international judges will not let themselves be distracted from doing their job properly.
To bring Karadzic to justice, the United States Government offered $5 million reward for information leading to his arest.
Natasha Kandic, director of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, said to New York Times by telephone from her home moments after hearing the news: “I’m still in shock. This is historic news. Nobody believed anymore this would be possible. I was sure Karadzic was under the protection of the church.”