Register to Comment
Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 71
Like Tree16Likes
  1. #1
    Thac0man Thac0man is offline
    Thac0man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    14,009
    Twitter
    @

    ICTY clears two Croatian generals of war crimes

    Interesting development this. The ICTY has overturned the convictions against two leading Croatian generals, over operation Oluja (Storm), which reunited breakaway regions of Croatia still in Serb rebel hands in 1995. The origional convictions said that the two men, Generals Anton Gotovina and Markac, had participated in a 'joint criminal enterprise', and sentenced them to 24 and 18 years respectively. Now the guilty verdict has been overturned on all counts.

    BBC News - Hague war court acquits Croat Generals Gotovina and Markac

    Is this a case of the prosecution stretching too far in describing the reunification of Croatia, from forces that sought to carve it up and add parts of its to Serbia proper, as a "joint criminal enterprise"? The judgement in the original case not only stood against the two generals, but also the actions of the Croatian government in reuniting its territory and overturning a rebel Serb occupation that had been achieved through ethnic cleansing. A case of damned if you do, damned if you don't. The Serb leaders of the recaptured Krajina region are already in jail after pleading guilty to ethnic cleansing in preparation for uniting it with 'Greater Serbia'.

    Needless to say the government in Belgrade is annoyed. But should it be? These are events that took place in another country that was never recognised as Serbia (Greater or otherwise). Events that are now recognised as not being aimed at doing what the Serb leadership itself did, and supported. If Serbia is so deeply in denial, can it be long before it starts another war based on suspect claims of revenge? Should Serbia simply be happy with not being lumbered with reparitions and keep quiet? Or is it determined to make thigs worse for itself?
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  2. #2
    Glenshane4 Glenshane4 is offline

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    8,906

    These patriotic Croation soldiers should never have been prosecuted.

    Serbia should have been saddled with reparations.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  3. #3
    milestogo milestogo is offline
    milestogo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,082

    Croatia/Germany.....The Croats were never going to serve their sentences.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  4. #4
    IvoShandor IvoShandor is offline
    IvoShandor's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    8,026
    Twitter
    @

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenshane4 View Post
    These patriotic Croation soldiers should never have been prosecuted.

    Serbia should have been saddled with reparations.
    Hmmph! Perhaps the Court should have gone for a more minimalist charge...concentrated on the minutiae of war crimes and avoided the political questions.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  5. #5
    Dylan2010 Dylan2010 is offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8,657

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenshane4 View Post
    These patriotic Croation soldiers should never have been prosecuted.

    Serbia should have been saddled with reparations.
    lol..as we know from history reparation never cause any problems down the road. Are you a product of the Irish education system?
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  6. #6
    Honecker Honecker is offline
    Honecker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    4,814

    Complete joke. The hypocrisy of the "international community" ie The US and Western Europe shouldn't surprise anyone. They have twisted the public perception of the conflict in the balkans into poor little catholic conservative Croatia standing up to brutal Serbia. The Germans have been financing Croatian terrorism since WW2 and conti nue to do so today.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  7. #7
    collina collina is offline
    collina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,086

    Will the ICTY clear Bush and Blair of war crimes?
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  8. #8
    Partizan Partizan is offline
    Partizan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    9,539

    Croatian Generals Gotovina and Markac aqcuitted in the Hague

    B92 - News - Hague Tribunal acquits two Croat generals
    While the world has been preoccupied with events in Palestine, breaking news is that the Court in the Hague has just acquitted two Croatian Generals who presided over the murder and ethnic cleansing of 200,000 Croatian Serbs from Krajina in 1995.


    B92 - Info - Serbia downgrades ties with Hague to "technical"
    The reaction from Belgrade has been quite strong. Senior Serbian Government Minister Rasim Ljajic condemned the verdict by stating -
    "This ruling is a slap in the face of international justice and the process of reconciliation in the region, and will not contribute to an overall normalization of relations between the states and the peoples in the region of the former Yugoslavia,"
    Another telling part from the article is this -
    The Hague Tribunal was due to organize a conference in Belgrade on November 22, but in the wake of today's acquittal, none of Serbia's state officials would attend, Ljajić also revealed. Serbia also decided not to offer "any sort of logistical support" in order to organize the conference.
    Meanwhile, the tribunal said that it "regretted to inform" that the conference in Belgrade had been canceled, while "a new date would be announced as soon as possible".

    Ljajić explained that Hague Judge Fausto Pocar, who was against the acquittal of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač, had canceled his participation in the conference as well.
    This is an absolute travesty of justive for both Serbs and Croats. For Serbs it's another slap in the face to the victims of ethnic cleansing and neo-fascism. For Croats, it allows an ugly past to effectively remain and be a part of national collective identity, which will undoubtedly further hinder reconciliation with Serbs.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  9. #9
    Mackers Mackers is offline
    Mackers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    5,894

    This is a disgraceful verdict. The Croats were evey bit as guilty as the Serbs for what happned.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  10. #10
    Partizan Partizan is offline
    Partizan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    9,539

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    This is a disgraceful verdict. The Croats were evey bit as guilty as the Serbs for what happned.
    Its seems that there was intense lobbying on behalf of the US for the Generals acquittal.

    Hrvati anga

    The verdict ties in nicely with Croatia's accession to the EU on January 1st.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast
Sign in to CommentRegister to Comment