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NEDJO IKONIC – TRY HIM FOR GENOCIDE OR DEPORT HIM TO BOSNIA TO FACE GENOCIDE CHARGES!

January 19, 2009 6 comments
Nedjo Ikonic is a wanted war criminal, participant in the Srebrenica Genocide, and a fugitive from justice. Don’t let this dirtbag escape justice. Help us put Nedjo Ikonic where he belongs – behind bars on genocide charges!

ACT NOW: In January 2008, George W. Bush signed the U.S. Genocide Accountability Act of 2007, in part to help prosecute and convict Srebrenica Genocide fugitives hiding in the U.S. Now we have a case of Nedjo Ikonic, a Bosnian Serb fugitive who commanded a special police unit responsible for taking part in forcible deportations (ethnic cleansing) and mass murders of Bosniak civilians during the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman will likely set this Srebrenica Genocide fugitive free (on probation). The Judge is on record as saying “I am not a war crimes tribunal.” Contact the Judge today and tell him that his Court has legal responsibility, under the U.S. Genocide Accountability Act of 2007, to either prosecute Nedjo Ikonic for genocide in Srebrenica or order his deportation for prosecution by a panel of international judges under the jurisdiction of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

CONTACT JUDGE LYNN ADELMAN NOW!

E-mail: AdelmanPO@wied.uscourts.gov
Telephone: (414) 297-1285
Fax: (414) 297-1296
Chambers: Room 364
Courtroom: Room 390

TELL THE JUDGE Nedjo Ikonic should be tried for genocide – not released on probation! Under the U.S. Genocide Accountability Act of 2007, your court can and should prosecute Nedjo Ikonic for genocide, or order his deportation for prosecution by a panel of international judges under the jurisdiction of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

NEDJO IKONIC – WANTED FOR GENOCIDE

According to Associated Press, a Serbian immigrant Nedjo Ikonic, 42, of Milwaukee who already pleaded guilty to lying on an Immigration form could face extradition following federal allegations that he committed war crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ikonic is wanted by Bosnian prosecutors for taking part in the Srebrenica Genocide when he commanded a police unit near Srebrenica during the 1995 massacre. However, the Bosnian government has not formally sought Ikonic’s extradition. Ikonic admitted that he commanded a special police unit that was sent to guard a stretch of road near Srebrenica. He didn’t disclose that on immigration forms in 2002 when he applied for refugee status.

According to the warrant, Nedjo Ikonic and the second man, Dejan Radojkovic of Las Vegas, carried out attacks on civilians during the Srebrenica Genocide.

Ikonic was originally indicted on eight counts of lying on immigration forms. However, on September 16 2008, Ikonic arranged a plea agreement with the prosecutor. The original indictment read: “Ikonic had assisted in the murder of Muslim men during the Srebrenica massacre in July of 1995.” After plea bargain was signed, that line was absent from the two counts to which he pleaded guilty for. Although the two counts carry a maximum of 20 years in prison, under the plea agreement, Ikonic is more likely to get a probation.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman delayed the sentencing to give Ikonic’s attorney Nikola Kostich more time to counter federal prosecutors’ claims that his client committed war crimes. The Judge set the next hearing for Feb. 24, but added, “I am not a war crimes tribunal.”

According to Newsday reporter Matthew McAllester, UN investigators believe men under the command of Nedjo Ikonic helped separate “over 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men from the women and children and transported these men to temporary detention sites in Bratunac on 12 and 13 July 1995.” Bosniak prisoners were tortured and killed at these sites in the town of Bratunac; most were kept there before being taken to other places to be executed. People under Ikonic’s command also articipated in the separation of men from women before at least 24 men and six women were the victims of “opportunistic killings” in the village of Potocari. Ikonic’s men “were present at the [Kravica] Warehouse when the executions started and [they also] participated in the killings.” More than 1,000 Bosniak men were shot dead in this episode on July 13. Additionally, men under his command summarily executed “a group of 10 to 15 Bosnian Muslim prisoners held in custody at Sandici meadow” on the evening of July 13.

CONTACT JUDGE LYNN ADELMAN NOW!

E-mail: AdelmanPO@wied.uscourts.gov
Telephone: (414) 297-1285
Fax: (414) 297-1296
Chambers: Room 364
Courtroom: Room 390

TELL THE JUDGE Nedjo Ikonic should be tried for genocide – not released on probation! Under the U.S. Genocide Accountability Act of 2007, your court can and should prosecute Nedjo Ikonic for genocide, or order his deportation for prosecution by a panel of international judges under the jurisdiction of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

OF INTEREST: Read our debate with Chris Justice, an attorney who defended Srebrenica Genocide fugitive Milivoje Jankovic on immigration charges, at the following page in comments.

FURTHER RESEARCH:

1. Suspect Avoids Genocide Charges 3 weeks after Genocide Accountability Act Enacted
2. Phoenix, Arizona – A Mecca for Serb Suspects of Srebrenica Massacre
3. The United States Deports Two Serbs Wanted for Srebrenica Massacre
4. Bosnian Serb Immigrants Failed to Disclose Their Past Service in Genocidal Military
5. Marko Boskic – Srebrenica Genocide Mass Murderer
6. Butcher of Srebrenica Wants His Own Admission Squashed
7. Srebrenica Genocide Gunman, Marko Boskic, Will Not Face Torture Charges
8. Elusive Justice: A Man Who Gunned Down 1,200 Srebrenica Bosniaks
9. Srebrenica Genocide Suspects Give Up Fight, Agree to be Deported to Bosnia
10. More Arrests of Srebrenica Genocide Suspects in the U.S.
11. List of Srebrenica Suspects Getting Away with Genocide
12. Bosnian Serb Deported from the U.S. After Lying on Immigration Paperwork
13. Deported Criminal Convicted for Crimes Against Humanity in Bosnia
14. Search our blog for more information. Look for Google Custom Search Box, it is located on the left-hand side.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS SREBRENICA GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

January 17, 2009 3 comments
July 11th as a Day of Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide throughout the European Union (EU)

European Parliament adopts Srebrenica Genocide Resolution

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution (by 556 to nine, with 22 abstentions) proclaiming the 11th of July a Day of Commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide throughout the European Union (EU).

After the fall of Srebrenica on July 11th 1995, Bosnian Serb forces, commanded by General Ratko Mladic, and paramilitary units rapidly executed more than 8000 Bosniak (Muslim) men, boys, and elderly, who had sought safety in the area. Moreover, approximately 25000 people were forcibly deported in a UN-assited ethnic cleansing.

The victims’ bodies were first buried in mass graves, then dug out with bulldozers and moved to smaller graves. Remains can be scattered in several locations, and are not released for burial until two-thirds of the body have been recovered.

The European Parliament resolution called the Srebrenica Genocide “the biggest war crime in Europe since the end of WWII.” The assembly called it “a symbol of the international community’s impotence to intervene and protect civilians.”

“Proclaiming July 11 as a day of remembrance for the Srebrenica genocide should be a step in the right direction for reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region,” European Commissioner for Foreign Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in support of the initiative.

“The EP stresses that reconciliation is an important part of the European integration process, a process in which the religious communities, the media and the education system play a significant role”, the Parliament added, noting that bringing to justice those responsible for the massacres is an important step towards peace and stability in the region.

“In view of the fact that General Ratko Mladic is still at large almost 14 years after the tragic events, Parliament also demands that further efforts be made to bring the remaining fugitives to justice, stressing that bringing to justice those responsible for the massacres in and around Srebrenica is an important step towards peace and stability in the region,” the European Parliament said.

Members of the European Parliament said additional measures must be taken to find and arrest those responsible, including the former Bosnian Serb leader General Ratko Mladic.

“What happened in Srebrenica in July 1995 is the worst single atrocity that Europe has experienced since World War II,” said Bosnia’s High Representative Miroslav Lajcak in his statement, welcoming the EU resolution. “By commemorating the victims of the genocide, we can help reduce the pain of those still waiting to hear what exactly happened to their relatives killed in Srebrenica and elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The resolution was drafted following a meeting between European Parliament President Diana Wallis, who is from the liberal and democratic grouping, and members of the Association of Mothers from Srebrenica and Zepa. Wallis and Jelko Kacin, a Slovenian delegate and the rapporteur on Serbia, attended the commemoration organized in Srebrenica last year.

Explaining the Resolution, Kacin said that “we must build Srebrenica in our common historical memory.” He said the resolution was not intended for the past, “although it speaks about the dead”, but is relevant to “the living and their better future.”

Editor’s Note: In 2007, Jelko Kacin issued the following statement, which we would like to share with you:

“Anybody who kills a single human being commits a crime, but those who commit genocide represent an international and political challenge.”

LIFE IMPRISONMENT: STANISLAV GALIC TRANSFERED TO GERMANY TO SERVE HIS SENTENCE

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At least 12,000 civilians including 1,500 children were killed during the 44-month siege of Sarajevo – the longest siege in the history of modern warfare – one of the worst atrocities in Europe since the Second World War.

PHOTO: Bosnian Serb terrorist, Gen. Stanislav Galic, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 30 November 2006. He was found guilty of terrorizing Sarajevo, including Serb army’s responsibility for 1994 Markale massacre. His trial was the first time the court dealt with the charge of terror, as defined in the 1949 Geneva Convention. His colleague, Dragoljub Milosevic, was also found guilty by the ICTY on terrorism charges, including the second Markale market massacre of 28 August 1995.

On January 15 2009, Stanislav Galić, a former senior Bosnian Serb Army commander, was transferred to Germany to serve his life sentence for crimes committed in and around the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1994.

On 5 December 2003, the Trial Chamber sentenced Galić to 20 years’ imprisonment for murder, inhumane acts and acts of violence the primary purpose of which was to spread terror amongst the civilian population of Sarajevo. In its judgement, the Trial Chamber found that the civilian population of Sarajevo was subject to deliberate and unprovoked attacks by sniper and mortar fire by the Sarajevo Romanija Corps. As commander of this Corps, Galić was responsible for the crimes carried out by his subordinates – not only was he informed of these crimes, the Trial Chamber also found that he controlled the pace and scale them.

Both the prosecution and defence appealed the Judgement. On 30 November 2006, the Appeals Chamber rendered its decision, dismissing all 19 grounds of appeal by Galić and allowing the prosecution appeal on length of sentence. It found that the sentence rendered by the Trial Chamber had underestimated the severity of Galić’s criminal conduct and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

An information sheet concerning the case can be found on the Tribunal’s website at this pdf link.

The Tribunal indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 116 persons have been concluded.

MOMIR PELEMIS & SLAVKO PERIC PLEAD NOT GUILTY IN SREBRENICA GENOCIDE TRIAL

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PHOTO: Forensic experts in 1996 working in a Srebrenica Genocide mass grave in the village of Pilica. Two Srebrenica Genocide suspects, Momir Pelemis and Slavko Peric, are on trial for taking part in mass executions of Bosniaks at this location.


At the plea hearing before the Section I for War Crimes of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the Momir Pelemiš et. al. , the Accused Momir Pelemiš and Slavko Perić (photo on the left) pleaded not guilty. Momir Pelemiš and Slavko Perić are charged with the criminal offence of Genocide.

The two men were accused of taking part in mass executions in the village of Pilica, where one of the largest mass graves was found, and at the military cooperative at Branjevo.

The Indictment inter alia alleges that during the period between 10 July and 1 November 1995, the Accused Momir Pelemiš and Slavko Perić, along with other members of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) and Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs (RS MUP), knowingly participated in the joint criminal enterprise. Its purpose was, to permanently and forcibly transfer Bosniak civilian population from the UN safe area of Srebrenica, and in doing so, to summarily execute and bury able-bodied Bosniak men.

According to the Indictment, Pelemiš and Perić planned, perpetrated, instigated, ordered, aided and abetted in the killings. By forcible transfer of the Bosniak civilian population outside the territory of Republika Srpska, they caused serious physical or mental harm to members of the group, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. By doing so, as alleged in the Indictment, they committed the criminal offence of Genocide.

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, 26 Bosnian Serbs have been put on trial over Srebrenica. Eleven have been jailed, seven acquitted and eight are still being tried.

SREBRENICA CONVICT DRAGAN JOKIC TRANSFERED TO SERVE SENTENCE IN AUSTRIA

January 17, 2009 1 comment
PHOTO: Former Bosnian Serb Army
commander Dragan Jokic on Trial.

On December 22 2008, Dragan Jokić, a former Bosnian Serb Army officer, was transferred today to Austria to serve his sentence of nine years’ imprisonment for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, according to the ICTY.

On 17 January 2005, Jokić was found guilty by the Trial Chamber of aiding and abetting extermination, murder and persecutions of Bosnian Muslims committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave in July 1995. His sentence of nine year’s imprisonment was affirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 9 May 2007.

Jokić is also charged with contempt of the Tribunal for refusal to testify before the Trial Chamber on 31 October and 1 November 2007 in the Popović and others trial. Jokić pleaded not guilty to the charge of contempt and the case remains pending.

An information sheet on the case can be found on the Tribunal’s website.

The Tribunal indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 116 have been concluded.

FACTS ABOUT DRAGAN JOKIC:

Dragan Jokic was born on 20 August 1957 in the municipality of Zvornik. In July 1995, he was the Chief of the Corps of Engineers in the Zvornik Brigade, with the rank of Commander. Furthermore, from the morning of 14 July until that of 15 July 1995, Dragan Jokic was the officer on duty in the Zvornik Brigade.

The acts for which he was indicted relate to all of the crimes which were committed against Bosnian Muslims after the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995.

On the morning of 14 July, a convoy of around thirty buses transporting Bosnian Muslims left Bratunac for Zvornik. The men were driven to various detention centres in the Zvornik municipality, including the schools in Grbavci, Petkovci and Pilica. Sometime between 14 and 16 July, they were blindfolded before being put on board buses and taken to nearby fields. Here, terrorised and defenceless, they were executed group after group. The surrounding areas of Orahovac, the Petkovci dam and the military farmhouse of Branjevo became indeed true killing fields, strewn with dead bodies.

Approximately 500 male Bosnian Muslims were also executed on 16 July in the Pilica cultural centre where they were being detained. Trucks for loading the bodies and digging equipment were already on site at the time of the executions, or arrived soon afterwards, to bury the dead in mass graves. The Engineering Corps from Zvornik on a repeated basis provided the equipment and drivers to participate in the burial operations.

Dragan Jokic was considered to be blameworthy since he knew that Bosnian Muslims were being held in the Grbavci school in Orahovac and also in those of Pilica and Kozluk. In addition, the sending of heavy earthwork materiel and drivers with excavators to prepare the mass graves to the place where the executions were underway or had just ended, was proof that Dragan Jokic knew that killings had been carried out on a large scale.

Commander Jokic, in his position as Chief of the Engineering Corps of the Zvornik Brigade, was therefore charged with having participated in the planning, supervision, organisation and finally the burials which followed the campaign of murder and, as the Brigade Officer on duty, to have participated in the coordination of the communications between the Officers and Commanders of the Srpska Republica Army (VRS) concerning the transportation, detention, execution and burial of the Srebrenica Bosniaks and to have written or otherwise transmitted reports and regular updates to his superiors concerning the progress of the operation underway.

Jokic voluntarily surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 15 August 2001. He was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment by the Trial Chamber I on 17 January 2005. Jokic’s sentence was confirmed on appeal on 9 May 2007. He was transferred to Austria on 22 December 2008 to serve his sentence.