The former president of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic, wants to subpoena the former war commander of the Bosnian army in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, to testify at his trial.
Karadzic has requested that the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, compels Oric to testify with a subpoena, because he refused to cooperate with Karadzic’s defence voluntarily.
According to Karadzic’s motion, Oric invoked his right not to incriminate himself in a connection to a pending investigation against him in Republika Srpska.
Karadzic wants Oric to testify about the attacks on the Serb villages launched from Srebrenica and the surrounding areas by the Bosnian army and positioning of the Bosniak forces near UN peacekeepers’ observation posts.
Karadzic is charged with the genocide in Srebrenica, persecution of Bosniaks and Croats across Bosnia and Herzegovina and taking UN peacekeepers as hostages between 1992 and 1995.
According to the defence Oric’s testimony is important in order to prove that there were legitimate military reasons to attack Srebrenica.
“There is no more central person concerning the military activities in Srebrenica from 1992 to 1995 than Naser Oric, who commanded the troops in the enclave during this period,” says in the motion.
The Hague Tribunal sentenced Oric to two years in prison for war crimes against Serbs in Srebrenica but that verdict was quashed on appeal and he was released in 2008
The Trail Chamber, presided over by Judge O-Gon Kwon, would decide on Karadzic’s motion at a later date.
To the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, was a true sensation, and one to be exploited day after day.
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.