News 09 Nov 12

Mladic’s Trial: Sarajevo Policeman Testifies

At the trial of the former Bosnian Serb army chief, Ratko Mladic, the Hague Tribunal heard a testimony from a Sarajevo policeman who investigated artillery and sniper attacks in 1994 and 1995.

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The protected prosecution witness, RM-110, confirmed that results of those investigations indicated that the fire was opened at the citizens from territories controlled by the Republika Srpska Army.

Among the incidents investigated by the witness RM-110 was an explosion in front of the Markale market on August 28, 1995, when, according to the charges, a mortar fired from the Bosnian Serb army positions killed 43 and wounded 75 people.  

The policeman also investigated a sniper attack on a tram on October 8, 1994, and explosion of a modified air-bomb in the Safeta Hadzica street on May 26, 1994.

During a brief main examination the witness specified that, while investigating the shooting at a tram in October 1994, he determined that the fire came from a high-firepower weapon.

Considering the fact that he previously testified at several other trials at The Hague, including the trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, the prosecution included the witness’ statement in writing.

Mladic is charged with the genocide in Srebrenica and seven other municipalities, the persecution of Bosniaks and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking UN peacekeepers as hostages and terrorizing Sarajevo residents through campaign of sniping and shelling. 

The trial is due to continue on Monday, November 12, when the defence will cross-examine the witness RM-110.

 

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Background

Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

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.

War in Bosnia

Key dates and events in the Bosnia war.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

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