World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Belgrade Unco-operative with War Crimes Tribunal

Prosecutor Decries Belgrade's Lack Of Cooperation With UN War Crimes Tribunal

Charging that Serbia and Montenegro is still failing to cooperate with the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia despite the public claims of its political leaders, the court's chief Prosecutor today demanded the country either arrest a recently indicted Croatian Serb leader or face disciplinary action from the Security Council.

Carla Del Ponte told a press conference in The Hague, where the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sits, that Goran Hadzic, is now a fugitive after disappearing from his home last Tuesday - the same day the ICTY secretly sent a copy of his indictment to authorities in Belgrade.

The 45-year old suspect faces eight charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, torture and extermination, and six charges of violating the laws or customs of war for his alleged role in an ethnic cleansing campaign in present-day Croatia between 1991 and 1993.

Ms. Del Ponte said there are now 22 fugitives from the ICTY, with most at large within Serbia and Montenegro.

"The events of last week constitute the second time since the beginning of the year when we actually can see for ourselves indictees [that had been] located by my Office fleeing in a hurry just hours after the Belgrade authorities had been requested to act upon arrest warrants," she said.

Ms. Del Ponte said the behaviour contrasted sharply with the recent public statements by Serbia and Montenegro's Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and President that cooperation with the ICTY was now a priority for the country.

She added that Belgrade faces a choice of putting "its actions where its mouth is," by arresting Mr. Hadzic immediately and transferring him to The Hague, or doing nothing, in which case it will be breaching its obligations to the ICTY under international law.

Ms. Del Ponte said that if Serbia and Montenegro chooses not to act, she will ask ICTY President Judge Theodor Meron to request the Security Council take action against the country.

Judge Meron and Ms. Del Ponte have criticized Serbia and Montenegro repeatedly in recent years over the country's persistent unwillingness to cooperate with the ICTY, which was set up to try those responsible for crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC