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German judge appointed to oversee Mladic trial

The Local · 28 May 2011, 15:13

Published: 28 May 2011 15:13 GMT+02:00

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The appointment was made by Mehmet Güney, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on Friday night. The other two judges will be Alphonse Orie of the Netherlands and the South African Bakone Moloto.

Flügge, who has been a judge at the court since 2008, is regarded as an expert on international criminal law. The 63-year-old previously served as state secretary for justice in the Berlin city government.

Mladic, who had been sought on charges of genocide and war crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnia War, was captured this week and should soon be extradited to The Hague, where the ICTY is situated.

The former military chief of the Bosnian Serbs is accused of involvement in thousands of murders. In particular he is alleged to have been responsible for the massacre at Srebrenica, during which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.

Serbia will be hoping that the capture of one of the world’s most wanted fugitives will enhance its bid to join the European Union.

The 69-year-old Mladic, who has been on the run since his 1995 indictment, was arrested in a Serbian village on Thursday morning.

According to the Serbian prosecutors office, Mladic will be delivered to the ICTY within seven days.

As presiding judge in such a high-profile case, Flügge will suddenly be very much in the international spotlight.

He has already overseen a number of complicated cases relating to alleged war crimes in the Balkans, during the vicious wars that marked the break up of the former Yugoslavia.

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He was one of the judges involved in the trial of the former police chief and deputy interior minister of Serbia, Vlastimir Djordjevic. In February the accused was found guilty of participating in the murder, rape and forced evacuation of over 800,000 Kosovo Albanians and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

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23:28 May 28, 2011 by 9900lawre
Geneside on a national scale and on europes doorstep. The nationality of the judges should be neutral to the countries involved in the clean up.

There are many others to blame and there are groups who would rather hunt nazi gate guards than see true genicidal trigger pullers brought down.
23:52 May 29, 2011 by lpcyu
What It¦#39;s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator By Jill Louise Starr NJ USA


Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world¦#39;s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you¦#39;d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

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20:03 May 30, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
German judge? He`ll be let off and sent home with an apology then!
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