Friday,7th May 2010.
Karadzic and the suffering of Sarajevo Children
THE HAGUE - The trial of Radovan Karadzic continues with the evidence of former head nurse in the pediatric surgery ward in the Kosevo hospital in Sarajevo and former chief of the UN civil sector for BH. New prosecution witnesses will testify at the trials of Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin, Zdravko Tolimir and Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. The defense will call new witnesses at the trial of Momcilo Perisic.
The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic goes on with the evidence of Fatima Zaimovic. During the siege of Sarajevo, Zaimovic worked as the head nurse in the pediatric surgery ward of the Kosevo Hospital. Zaimovic already testified about the suffering of the children in Sarajevo at the trial of Stanislav Galic, who was sentenced to life for the first round of artillery and sniper terror in Sarajevo, from September 1992 to August 1994.
After Zaimovic completes her evidence, former chief of the UN civil sector David Harland will take his place at the witness stand. Harland was the first prosecution witness at the trial of Dragomir Milosevic, Galic's successor in the terror campaign in Sarajevo. Dragomir Milosevic was sentenced to 29 years in prison. At his trial, Harland explained the emergence of the myth that it was impossible to identify the perpetrator of the Markale Town Market massacre in August 1995. Although the UN investigation showed that the shells were fired from the VRS position in Lukavica, Harland advised General Rupert Smith to say 'it is not clear who fired the shells' in order 'not to alert the Bosnian Serbs' to the upcoming NATO air campaign.
Momcilo Mandic, former justice minister in the first Bosnian Serb war government, will give evidence next week at the trial of former Bosnian Serb police officials Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin, who are charged with police crimes against Croats and Muslims in 20 BH municipalities in 1992. Momcilo Mandic is also slated to testify in two other cases, at the trial of Radovan Karadzic as a prosecution witness and at the trial of former Herceg Bosna leaders, in the defense of Bruno Stojic. Next week, the prosecution will call new witnesses against Zdravko Tolimir, Mladic's former assistant for security and intelligence in the VRS Main Staff. Tolimir is charged with genocide and other crimes in Srebrenica and Zepa in 1995. The prosecution will call new witnesses at the trial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, former chiefs of the Serbian state security service.
Finally, General Momcilo Perisic's case continues. Perisic is charged as the chief of the VJ General Staff with providing personnel, logistic and material support to the Serb armies in Bosnia and Krajina; the prosecution alleges he thus significantly contributed to their crimes in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Srebrenica. (sense-agency.com)