Karadzic to The Hague

Thursday, 31 July, 2008: Ed Vulliamy, Kemal Pervanic, Geoffrey Nice and others
Thursday 31 July 2008, 7.30 p.m. at the Frontline Club,13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ Entry £10

Chair TBC

Ed Vulliamy (Guardian)
Kemal Pervanic (Bosnian author)
Geoffrey Nice (ICTY)
Others TBC

This event will be webcast live - you can view it for free via the link on our homepage - www.frontlineclub.com

After more than a decade on the run Radovan Karadzic has finally been caught and is expected to be sent to the Hague where he will face charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, willful killing, persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts, terror against civilians and hostage-taking.

Will a trial strengthen the credibility of the ICTY and other similar tribunals and does the Karadzic arrest send a message to other individuals committing war crimes and acts of genocide? How long might such a trial be expected to last and has the ICTY learnt any lessons from the Milosevic trial regarded by many as a something of a farce?

We examine what motivated the Serbian government to finally go after Karadzic; will others follow him to The Hague? How did Karadzic manage to live as a therapist in Belgrade for so long and who, if anybody, within the Serbian political establishment and other government agencies knew of his whereabouts?

Finally, what does the arrest and impending trial of the so-called "Butcher of Bosnia" mean to his victims and his former supporters? Will a trial finally provide a sense of closure to Bosnian Muslims for all the collective atrocities that they suffered?

Ed Vulliamy is a journalist with the Guardian and the author of Seasons in Hell: understanding Bosnia’s war. He has reported extensively on the mid-1990s war in Bosnia, denouncing the inhumane conditions in which prisoners were kept in the concentration camps, having visited Omarska camp and Trnopolje camp.

Kemal Pervanic is a Bosnian refugeee who arrived in the UK at the beginning of 1993, having survived seven months of brutality, tragedy and hunger in Omarska and Manjaca camps. On his escape to London, he won a place at University and gained an BA in Business Studies. His book, The Killing Days is the first-hand record of an ordinary Bosnian citizen who has endured one of the bleakest chapters in the history of Europe.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC is one of Britain’s leading barristers, recruited to the Office for the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1998. He led several key cases there, including the Tribunal’s first prosecution of a politician – Bosnian Croat Dario Kordic, who was subsequently jailed for 25 years – and he successfully prosecuted the self-styled ‘Serbian Adolf’, Goran Jelisic. He was also deputy prosecutor in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List 2007 for services to the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague.
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