Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Del Ponte on Mladic, Karadzic and the ICTY

Two short articles from SENSE:

Mladic is a priority, no one is looking for Karadzic

International Law Against Impunity

I agree with DelPonte, it would be a grave mistake to close down the ICTY before Mladic and/or Karadzic are is custody.

and in related tribunal news...

TUDJMAN’S SECRET SERVICE RAN “OPERATION THE HAGUE”


Excerpt:
The document is classified as “highly confidential”. The HIS states that Croatia will assist in the defense “of all the accused Croats”, but by the same token, all the participants in the ICTY trials must abide by the rules contained in the document. The rules stipulate that the defense of an individual must not jeopardize Croatia’s interests and the interests of other accused. It is the intention of the prosecution, the document goes on to say, to establish the political chain of command, extending from Tihomir Blaskic and Dario Kordic through Gojko Susak and Mate Boban “all the way up to the President of Croatia”.

5 comments:

Owen said...

"Kostunica was “very calm and told me they knew what they were doing and that I had to trust them they would finally arrest Mladic; all they asked from us was patience and trust,” Del Ponte said."

And the precise wording of her response was?

Shaina said...

No exact response from Del Ponte (that I could find) but Del Ponte did express concerns that the upcoming elections in Serbia are making it difficult to find Mladic.
Kostunica stated the opposite.

Owen said...

Shaina, I was presuming del Ponte's precise response was (hopefully) unprintable!

Bg anon said...

Strangely enough Del Pontes criticism of Kostunica was quite muted this time round.

Not sure why that is really. Perhaps she was made aware that such a statement with elections around the corner could improve the standing of the Radical Party - which would mean Mladic would never be handed over.

I also have a feeling that President Tadic gave a guarantee that if and when his party is in government he will ensure Mladic will be handed over.

Shaina said...

Owen,
LOL-that went right over my head.
But in all seriousness, bg anon's analysis does make sense.
I know next to nothing about Serbian politics, but from the little I do know, it appears as if the Radicals are the most popular party; but that they don't have enough seats to rule without going into a coalition with the other parties-and the other parties don't want to go into a coalition with the radicals. At least that is my understanding, I could be wrong.
I assume Del Ponte is at least casually familiar with Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian politics after serving as the Chief prosecutor at the ICTY. She may very well be afraid of unitentionally giving the Radicals an "extra boost."