bosnia report
New Series No: 27-28 January - May 2002
 
Among Serbia's indictees

On 11 April 2002, under pressure from the United States which had frozen aid funds and more significantly blocked credits from international bodies, the FRY assembly finally passed a law on cooperation with the Hague tribunal, whereby the authorities agreed to hand over 23 individuals already indicted - though not any still to be indicted. Within hours one of the indictees - former Serbian interior minister Vlajko Stojiljkovic, in charge of MUP units active in Kosova prior to and during the NATO bombing campaign - had shot himself on the assembly steps, leaving a suicide note in which he accused Djindjic, Kostunica and other FRY leaders of betrayal. Of the remaining indictees, six expressed themselves willing to surrender voluntarily: Dragoljub Ojdanic and Nikola Sainovic (see below), Mile Mrksic (one of three JNA officers charged over Vukovar massacre), former ‘Krajina’ leader Milan Martic (rocket attack on Zagreb), Vladimir Kovacevic (Dubrovnik campaign) and Momcilo Gruban (Omarska). On 28 April interior minister Zoran Zivkovic announced that FRY would not hand over secret files to the Hague tribunal.

 

Among Serbia’s Indictees

Milan Milutinovic
Still Serbian president. Indicted for crimes against humanity. FRY authorities have claimed he has immunity until his term is over, but Hague tribunal has repeatedly rejected this argument.

Nikola Sainovic
FRY deputy prime minister from 1997 to 2000, closely associated with the crackdown on ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Now a member of the Yugoslav parliament. Charged with crimes against humanity.

Dragoljub Ojdanic
Army chief of staff at the time of the Kosovo war and later FRY defence minister until late 2000. Charged with crimes against humanity.

Veselin Sljivancanin

JNA major indicted in relation to massacre of some 300 patients from Vukovar hospital after city’s fall in November 1991. Later promoted to rank of colonel and ran military academy in Belgrade. Played media role as ‘Serbian hero’ and promoted boastful book about his military exploits.


Ratko Mladic
Commanded the Bosnian Serb army during the 1992-5 war. Facing genocide charges. Believed to spend at least some time in Belgrade.

 

 

 

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