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Karadzic: Germany withholding proof of Bosnian weapons trade

The Local · 30 Jun 2010, 16:29

Published: 30 Jun 2010 16:29 GMT+02:00

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Daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday that Karadzic, facing genocide charges before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, wrote to the German embassy in the Netherlands calling on them to “redouble efforts to retrieve these documents.”

But Ambassador Thomas Läufer recently told the court, which sits in The Hague, that Germany did not have the documents Karadzic was seeking.

The former Bosnian Serb leader claims German archives contain records that show NATO supplied weapons to Bosnian Muslims to use against Serbs during the war in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995. This would have been a breach of the weapons embargo enforced at the time by the United Nations.

Karadzic, acting as his own lawyer, claimed before the UN tribunal that Serbs needed to be able to defend themselves against Muslim attacks that were backed by NATO.

Among other things, the documents demonstrated the supply of weapons from Britain and France, which passed through Frankfurt airport, Karadzic said. The tribunal ordered the German government to investigate and hand over any such documents.

In his letter to the German embassy, dated June 28 and made public by the tribunal, Karadzic claimed that former Federal Minister for Post and Communication Christian Schwarz-Schilling had told broadcaster Deutsche Welle that the government “possibly” had at its disposal compromising documents about weapons supplies from France and Britain.

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Karadzic stands accused of 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – including ordering Serb troops to massacre about 8,000 Muslims in the UN-protected zone of Srebrenica in July 1995.

After 13 years on the run, he was arrested in the Serbian capital Belgrade in July 2008.

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10:48 July 1, 2010 by iko
Therein lies the rub for if they scratch around too much for arms shipments through Britain and France they will uncover a steady stream from Serb sympathizers both within the government ranks as well as 'Yugoslav/Serboslav ex pats and their various societies as revealed in Australia in the Captain Dragan case with his Serb supporters and their networks.

Then there is the question that will arise that if Germany is forced to reveal its archives then shouldn't Serbia also pass onto the court its records of their involvement in the conflict. Karadzic's attempts to re write the history of the Bosnian conflict is more farcical than real but it is the only straw he has left in his hand; the Moslems did it to themselves and were ready to unleash their fighting machine- the Green Berets an apparent well equipped army of over 100,000 soldiers (!!) upon the defenseless Serbs. 'Twould be funny if it wasn't so terribly tragic.
12:38 July 1, 2010 by Edin
The story of war in Bosnia and genocide Serbs committed against Bosnian Muslims is almost worse than the one of Jews in WWII, if one can ever compare such things. The scale is of course incomparable... In Bosnia died about 100-200 thousand people... but the passion with which atrocities where committed, the number of raped women, killed women and children is unbelievable... There is no defense against such deranged behavior...

The worse thing of all is the fact that in the fall of ex-Jugoslavia… Serbs where those who fought against all one by one… Slovenians, Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Kosovars…. and almost all of their leaders and military personnel are sentenced for war crimes. Even now, there is no remorse, guilt or responsibility taken and expressed publically by their leaders for what is done, no Serbian Willy Brant exist. The question is… what is wrong with this nation???
20:22 July 13, 2010 by lpcyu
Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case


(The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.




Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country¦#39;s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, ¦quot;Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague¦#39;s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.¦quot;

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ¦quot;totally legitimate topic¦quot; discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked!

The idea was "let's discuss it." "It's a great topic to discuss."

Some countries agreed with Spain¦#39;s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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