News 01 Mar 11

Dutch TV Reaches Deal With Gotovina Over Documentary

A Dutch TV station has reached a settlement with the Croatian General Ante Gotovina, a war crimes indictee currently on trial before the Hague Tribunal, for including certain images in a documentary about his alleged crimes.

Croatian Times

Gotovina’s lawyers threatened to sue the Dutch TV NCRV after it aired a statement from former UNPROFOR member Stefan van Zanten who claimed that Gotovina was responsible for crimes against Serbs in 1992. 

According to Gotovina’s team, Van Zanten’s speech was accompanied by "gruesome shots of tortured Croats and Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) held in the notorious Serb concentration camp Trnopolje, thus suggesting that people shown were Serbs in camps under general Gotovina’s control."

As the station did not ask for comments from Gotovina before airing the documentary, the general’s lawyers said it had broken Dutch law.

TV NCRV has admitted its error and will post an apology on its web pages, the daily Jutarnji List writes. In their original complaint, Gotovina's lawyers also asked for €50,000 in compensation for the damage that the programme caused him.

Ante Gotovina is currently awaiting the verdict in his trial before the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague. He stands accused of crimes against humanity during the 1991-1995 wars in the former Yugoslavia.

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