Nicole Slezak

Nicole Slezak (Kosovo Women’s Network): Nicole received her BA in communication studies and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles In 2007. During this time she studied abroad in the Czech Republic on a National Security Education Program scholarship. At the time of her fellowship, Nicole was studying for a Master’s Degree in Security Studies with a focus on International Security at Georgetown University.

Whereabouts of Serb War Criminals

14 Jul

Two of the most wanted Serb war criminals, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, are believed to be in Serbia. John Clint Williamson, US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, stated the following in an interview on Monday,

“The latest information about their whereabouts tells us that Mladic was in Serbia and that there are strong indications that Karadzic was in that state too” (“US Diplomat: Karadzic and Mladic in Serbia,” Balkan Insight, 14 July 2008).

General Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic were leading figures in the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina between 1992 and 1995. Karadzic founded the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) in Bosnia-Hercegovina and was President of the Republika Srpska from 17 December 1992 until his resignation on 19 July 1996. Radovan Karadzic is held responsible for the shelling of Sarajevo and both men are held responsbile for the massacre at Srebrenica, where 7500 men and boys were murdered in July 1995 (Profile of Karadzic, Profile of Mladic). They have been indicted twice for genocide and charged with crimes against humanity, however, they have not yet been brought to justice.

Their indictments state,

“Mr Karadzic and Mr Mladic are responsible for the unlawful confinement, murder, rape and inhumane treatment of the civilian population in Bosnia-Hercegovina,” (“Karadzic and Mladic: The Charges,” BBC News, 9 June 2005).

Furthermore, Karadzic and Mladic detained Bosnian Muslims and Croats in camps such as Omarska, Keraterm and Luka, where they were tortured or murdered. Women in camps were often raped repeatedly. However, sexual violence against women was not included in Karadzic and Mladic’s indictments until the International Criminal Tribunal for [the former] Yugoslavia (ICTY) produced subsequent amended versions–such as the following:

In the detention facilities, Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb males and females suffered egregious, inhumane conditions on a daily basis. Detainees were deprived of adequate nutrition, adequate medical care, hygienic sanitation facilities, and were forced to endure inhumane accommodations. The detainees subsisted in an atmosphere of constant terror fostered by random brutality. Physical violence, mental suffering, sexual violence and other degrading and humiliating circumstances that constituted fundamental attacks on their humanity were repeatedly inflicted upon the detainees; (COUNT 7 (Persecutions), Amended Indictment of Karadzic, 31 May 2000).

For many, the anger and wounds of the past cannot be cleansed until transitional justice is attained. This requires Karadzic and Mladic to be put on trial in the Hague.

Ratko Mladic

Radovan Karadzic

Posted By Nicole Slezak

Posted Jul 14th, 2007


  • Jill Starr

    January 22, 2011


    ”’Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case By Jill Starr
    (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 having a substantial conversations, and, 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’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, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( 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 ”totally legitimate topic” 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’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 topic 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.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    In particular., since “Spain” was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, “Spain” must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was “socially acceptable” for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student.

    SPAIN’s diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally!SPAIN HAS TAUGHT THE WORLD THE TRUE DEFINITION OF AN “INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.”

    I represented the state interests’ of the Former Yugoslavia, in Diplomat Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.

    What It’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’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’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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