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Goran Hadzic

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THE HAGUE | 20.10.2014.

HADZIC ABSENT ON TUESDAY

The trial of Goran Hadzic has been postponed because of his health problems. Last Friday, the former prime minister of the SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem fainted and had to be given medical aid. The doctors are monitoring Hadzic’s condition
THE HAGUE | 16.10.2014.

SHEPHERDS EXCHANGED FOR PRISONERS, SHEEP BURIED IN OVCARA

Hadzic’s defense witness Savo Strbac says that Croats would capture shepherds in the fields or women and the elderly, whom they accused of being snipers, and then exchanged them for prisoners of war. The prosecutor tried to discredit the witness noting that in a legal brief Strbac argued it was lawful to kill civilians in war. The court also heard about the stories that sheep were buried on Ovcara and the general reliability of information collected by Strbac’s NGO, Veritas
THE HAGUE | 15.10.2014.

INVISIBLE PRESIDENT

Savo Strbac, former secretary in the Republic of Serbian Krajina cabinet and president of the Commission for Exchange of Prisoners, has described President Goran Hadzic as having minimum powers and making rare appearances. Instead of attending government meetings where he wasn’t expected in the first place, Hadzic would claim he had not been able to travel from Vukovar to Knin because of the war
THE HAGUE | 14.10.2014.

SUSA: OVCARA WAS TRAGEDY FOR FAMILIES AND SERB NATION

Former justice minister in Hadzic’s government Vojin Susa denied the prosecutor’s suggestion that the prime minister and other people who were at a meeting in Velepromet in Vukovar on 20 November 1991 knew ‘what had happened in Ovcara but didn’t want to disclose it to the public’. ‘If I had known about Ovcara, I would have done everything to investigate the event. It is a tragedy not only for the families but for my nation, too’, Susa said about the murder of about 200 prisoners from the Vukovar Hospital
THE HAGUE | 13.10.2014.

HOW CROATS WERE MOVED OUT AND SERBS RESETTLED TO ACHIEVE SERB MAJORITY

In Vojin Susa's cross-examination, the prosecutor argued that in the SAO Eastern Slavonia and later in the Republic of Serbian Krajina, Croats were forced to move out to make way for ethnic Serbs who were resettled in the region to establish a ‘territory with a Serb majority’. Susa replied that there ‘were no significant changes in the ethnic composition'
THE HAGUE | 10.10.2014.

JUDICIAL PRIORITIES

The prosecutor used a series of documents issued by the public prosecutor’s office in Vukovar to prove that the priority of the judiciary in the SAO Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem, and indeed in the Republic of Serbian Krajina, was to prosecute war crimes, and in particular genocide, but only if it involved Serb victims. Former justice minister in Goran Hadzic’s government Vojin Susa claimed that there were ‘more indictments against Serbs who committed crimes against Croats than vice versa’
THE HAGUE | 09.10.2014.

MILITARY COURTS WERE IN CHARGE OF PROSECUTION

Hadzic’s defense witness Vojin Susa claims that the Krajina judiciary had ‘limited’ jurisdiction. In almost all of the cases, proceedings were conducted by the army proceedings, the former justice minister in Hadzic’s government argued. The court heard about the minister’s knowledge of the Red Berets unit
THE HAGUE | 08.10.2014.

ARMY, NOT GOVERNMENT, HAD JURISDICTION OVER CRIMES AND CRIMINALS

Goran Hadzic’s defense witness Vojin Susa claims in his evidence that at a meeting in Velepromet in Vukovar on 20 November 1991 the government was 'told the war crimes are under the sole jurisdiction of the army’. The prosecution alleges that the decision to hand the prisoners to the local Serb units was made at the meeting
THE HAGUE | 07.10.2014.

GOVERNMENT WITHOUT ANY DE FACTO OR DE JURE POWERS

Vojin Susa, justice minister in Goran Hadzic’s government, claims that neither the prime minister nor other ministers had ‘any de jure or de facto powers’ to give orders to Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan and Radovan Stojicic Badza. Arkan and Badza were thus able to make independent decisions about military operations
THE HAGUE | 29.09.2014.

HADZIC’S TRIAL TO RESUME ON 7 OCTOBER 2014

Goran Hadzic’s defense case has been postponed to allow the defense to prepare for the examination-in-chief of the former justice minister in the SAO Eastern Slavonia government. Hadzic’s defense has been granted 10 hours for the examination of this witness

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