September 13, 2008
Hard-line Serbian nationalists would do anything to protect the indicted war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, even if that means manipulating, falsificating, or destroying the evidence…

PHOTO: Wartime Serb General Ratko Mladic, top fugitive sought by the International Criminal Tribunal, is regarded by many Serbs as “hero” for killing 10,000 to 15,000 civilians in Sarajevo – 1,500 of them children – as well as committing Srebrenica genocide and placing thousands of Bosniaks and Croats into concentration camps…

In order to prevent the capture of top war crimes fugitive, former Serb General Ratko Mladic, Serbs have somewhat changed their strategy. Instead of censoring evidence, like they had done in 2007 to avoid genocide judgment against Serbia at the International Court of Justice, now they destroyed Ratko Mladic’s fingerprints from Serbian police files.

Serbian justice system is a joke. Srebrenica genocide survivors were sick to their stomach when they learned that family of recently arrested top fugitive, Radovan Karadzic, knew about his whereabouts and even assisted him to evade justice. Before his arrest, Karadzic’s family lied on numerous occassions about not knowing anything about his whereabouts. Serbia refused to prosecute members of Karadzic’s family, and the war crimes court in Belgrade never responded to our e-mails demanding the prosecution of these criminals who publicly admitted their involvement in directly helping Karadzic evade 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. (related: see photo of visibly shaken Karadzic facing justice in tears)

In 1999, Ratko Mladic submitted an application form for an ID card in Serbia with his fingerprints. Now, that part of the documentation has been mysteriously “lost.” Mladic is regarded by many Serbs as a national hero due to his “heroic” slaughter of at least 8,000 unprotected Bosniaks (mostly men, as well as many children and some women), including putting thousands of Bosniak and Croat civilians in concentration camps (see photos), as well as the siege of Sarajevo – the longest siege in the history of modern warfare in which 10,000 – 15,000 people died, including 1,500 children. The fingertips are vital in the worldwide hunt to arrest Mladic and send him to the International Criminal Tribunal to face justice.

There is a $5 million reward issued for the information leading to the arrest of indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic.

Rasim Ljajic, the highest ranking Bosniak politician in Serbia, has confirmed that part of the information Ratko Mladic submitted for his ID card application has been mysteriously “lost.” Ljajic is also the president of the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal and leader of the Sanjak Democratic Party. Sanjak (or Sandzak) is a region lying along the border between Serbia and Montenegro where Bosniaks Muslims make up majority or 52.36% of population.

Ljajic stated that the information about mysteriously lost fingerprints “should not have come out in public,” but said that allegedly an investigation is underway into the lost documentation.

Serbian Daily Blic writes that like Radovan Karadzic and Stojan Zupljanin, Ratko Mladic is using a false identity and documents in another name. Blic stated that this revelation has infuriated the new security services boss, Sasa Vukadinovic, on whose arrival it was ascertained that information was leaking out and reaching Mladic himself.

The Blic daily newspaper quoted Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic as saying that Mladic’s capture will be a much tougher job than the arrest in July of another genocide suspect, Radovan Karadzic.

“The inner circle of guards around Ratko Mladic includes people who are ready to use weapons at any moment. That is why the arrest of the most wanted … suspect is much harder than was the case with Karadzic,” – Vukcevic said. He expects Mladic’s quick arrest, but predicted that the fugitive is in fact not hiding in disguise like his recently captured partner in crime Radovan Karadzic.

  1. Sarah Franco
    September 14, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I though of posting on this missing fingerprints issue, but lack of time prevented me from doing so. when I first read about this it did seem like a a tasteless joke, especially this:

    “””Asked if it was possible that somebody from the Serbian police force had
    removed the Mladic file, Ljajic replied: “That is an option but not the only

    well, if it wasn’t someone from the police force, then who are the other suspects? the cleaning lady??? mladic himself disguised as cleaning lady???

    but still, I hope they get him, although I don’t really believe in that, but I didn’t believed in karadzic either.

  2. Tend and co
    September 16, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Big Bravo for your blog, you should keep writting more … because there are many things that the World should never forget … to never forgive the Terrorists who did this !

  3. Muztaba Seraji
    September 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    There is nothing surprise is this news. Coz they will certainly try to save their brother (Mladic). They are not like us the so called Muslim who are ready to stab at our own brother just in hope that western world might say us good. And in my opinion muslim should not depend on western world for the justice. Even Mladic get arrested there would be a great chance at tribunal the attorney will fail to prove clearly Mladic/Karadzic as guilty. Or if they have some shame they might give him 30-35 years of prisonment. Where they will live comfortably in jail. Or the trial will be continue so long that they will die before trial end like Milasovic. And Muslim need to try to stand on their own feet not depend on western.

  4. Owen
    September 18, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Muztaba, where else do you go with legitimacy in international law? Whatever their failings, the International Tribunals and the International Court are what we have and without them we’re back to the situation where we had nothing. Where do you go without them? Who should try Omar al-Bashir and his henchmen?

  5. Vincent Jappi
    September 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Vrhovni sud Srbije ozbiljno ometa suđenja za ratne zločine
    Fond za humanitarno pravo, 21.09.2008.

    Presuda Vrhovnog suda Srbije u slučaju Škorpioni još jednom je pokazala da se Vrhovni sud Srbije, odlučujući u drugom stepenu u predmetima optuženih za ratne zločine, rukovodio političkim, a ne pravnim razlozima. http://pescanik.net/content/view/2005/58/

  6. Vincent Jappi
    September 22, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Šešelj nastavlja političko delovanje iz pritvora
    Ljudmila Cvetković, Radio Slobodna Evropa, 19.09.2008

    “kako nezvanično saznajemo ovakva vrsta komunikacije nekom haškom optuženiku mogla bi biti ukinuta u slučaju da bilo koja članica UN to zatraži pod objašnjenjem da takvo delovanje ugrožava bezbednost i poredak u toj zemlji”

  7. Muztaba Seraji
    September 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    To Brother Owen : At first I apologize for my previous post. I’m not good in English and at the time I posted I was very much emotional to read this topic as well as see the bastard Mladic’s pic, he is still safe whereas ICTY tried to seek fault whether they could may charge against H.E. President Alija as a War Criminal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alija_Izetbegovic). Also I read the news about Dutch court dismiss Srebrenica case against Netherland (http://srebrenica-genocide.blogspot.com/2008/09/dutch-court-dismisses-srebrenica-case.html) So I didn’t express properly what I wanted to say.
    I wanted to say we should continue the process to make these war criminals come under justice. But we have to prepare in mind that we don’t get justice from them coz they would never go against their Christian brother.
    At the same time we need to build us (from individual to the whole nation) according to direction given in Al-Quran (Not in the way like Al-Qaida). This is not a process of single day/month/year. Just think about our prophet. He much torture he needed to face. But still he continue and even he needed 23 years to be victory. In this period he also had to sign a very insulting treaty/accord with the opposition which is known as Hudaybiah treaty. But still he continued to build the whole Muslim according to Quran and at last he won. When he died there was a very few amount of Muslim but who were built top to bottom according to Quran and these few amount of Muslim fought against Two super-power at that time, Byzantine Roman and Persia. As I’m not good in English so better you read the speech given by Ex- Prime Minister of Malaysia H.E. Mahathir Mohammad at OIC Meeting at 2003. ( http://www.millat.com/ghalib/events/oic/ ). 1 thing I’m adding here, he was the only one muslim leader who stood behind Bosnia at wartime. From then I respect him from my heart.
    There is also one insulting treaty was needed to sign which is known as Dayton treaty. I know its hard to accept this treaty but try to accept and build yourself in light of Quran.
    Allah (Alone) is sufficient for us, and he is the best Disposer of Affairs (for us) (Qur’an 3:173)

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