20 years ago in the civil war in Bosnia, hundreds of Arab jihadists came to join Bosnian Muslims fighting against their neighbours the Serbs and Croats. Grouped into secret fighting units in Central Bosnia, this was the first time in centuries Jihad had been fought against a Western, Christian enemy. Two decades later Bosnia is still reaping the consequences. In the past month ISIS declared the Balkans the next front of Jihad - and in remote mountain villages extremists are flying the ISIS flag. Mark Urban returns to Bosnia and discovers how secular Bosnian society has been infiltrated by a militant Islamism which operates to this day.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 10, 2017 13:59:27 GMT -5
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 'Not guilty' - Naser Oric acquitted of 1992 war crimes.
Ruptly TV Oct 9, 2017
Srebrenica defender and former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric was acquitted of war crimes in by a court in Sarajevo on Monday, after being charged with deaths of three Bosnian-Serbian soldiers in 1992.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2017 14:59:32 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 22, 2017 13:44:51 GMT -5
Mladic trial is drawn out, aimed to demonize him & Serbs – analyst.
RT Nov 22, 2017
The former Bosnian Serb military leader, Ratco Mladic, has been sentenced to life in prison by the UN tribunal in the Hague.
The 74-year-old was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered by forces under the general’s control. RT talked to political analyst John Bosnitch.
‘It is NATO court!’ Former Bosnian Serb commander Mladic slams UN court that gave him life sentence.
RT.com 22 Nov, 2017 10:54
A United Nations tribunal has convicted General Ratko Mladic on 10 out of 11 counts of crimes he was accused of committing during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Critics of the prosecution of crimes during the violent collapse of Yugoslavia question its fairness.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) handed down its verdict on Wednesday. The justices found Mladic guilty on most of the allegations dating back to the 1992-1995 war, including the massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. Mladic pleaded not guilty on all charges.
Presiding Judge Alphons Orie said the court found that Mladic’s actions during the war were “among the most heinous known to humankind” and amounted to genocide. The court sentenced the Serb to life in prison.
Mladic heard the verdict from a separate room, having been ousted by bailiffs after an outburst of criticism against the judges. The former general said in the courtroom that everything the judges said was a lie, the general’s son, Darko, told TASS. According to Darko, his father said: “This is all lies, this is a NATO court!”
The tirade came in response to the court’s rejection of a request by Mladic’s lawyer to postpone the hearings due to the defendant’s high blood pressure. Darko added that he was not surprised by the ruling, saying: “The court was totally biased from the start.”
The conviction is likely to fuel resentment in Serbia that the international prosecution of crimes committed during the Balkan Wars was one-sided and failed to bring justice to victims of Albanians and Croats. Of the 161 individuals indicted by the ICTY, the body created specifically to prosecute wartime crimes, 94 are ethnic Serbs, compared to 29 Croats, nine Albanians and nine Bosniaks.
Only a handful of Serbs, including politician Milan Milutinovic, General Momcilo Perisic and Yugoslav army captain Miroslav Radic were acquitted by the tribunal, compared to well over a dozen defendants of other nationalities. The tribunal insists the statistics reflect the actual crimes committed during the hostilities.
The case of Mladic, 74, was the last for the ICTY to pass a verdict on. Among the crimes he was found guilty of were the killings of an estimated 8,000 Muslim males in the UN-designated safe zone in Srebrenica and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, during which over 11,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed. Mladic’s defense team said it would appeal the verdict, with his case joining some two dozen others pending new rulings.
Belgrade and Moscow have on various occasions criticized the tribunal for a perceived anti-Serb bias. In 2015, Russia used its UN veto right to block a resolution on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy, saying that the draft document depicted the Serbian people as the sole guilty party in the complex armed conflict in Yugoslavia.
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2017 14:07:53 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Convicted Bosnian Croat ex-general dies after 'drinking poison' at Hague tribunal (VIDEO)
RT.com 29 Nov, 2017 11:16
A former Bosnian Croat general has died after apparently taking poison during the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Croatia's prime minister has confirmed.
Slobodan Praljak, 72, a former wartime leader, was seen drinking from a small container as he heard the verdict of his appeal hearing. The man’s defense lawyer then told the court that the accused had “taken poison.” The presiding judge stopped the proceedings and ordered a doctor to be called, Reuters reports.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic confirmed Praljack's death in a press conference Wednesday, adding that "we have all unfortunately witnessed his act by which he took his own life."
A UN judge who later called the site a "crime scene" said that Dutch police are investigating the incident.
Prior to drinking the substance, Praljak had heard that his 20-year sentence for alleged war crimes in the Bosnian city of Mostar was being upheld. Praljak, who was one of six former Bosnian Croats having their appeal heard at the UN tribunal, is reported to have told the judge that he is not “a war criminal.”
He was accused of ordering the destruction of Mostar’s 16th-century bridge in November 1993, an act that, judges said, “caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population.” All of Praljak’s fellow defendants were convicted in 2013 of the persecution and murder of Muslims during the Bosnian war.
A live broadcast from inside the court was cut off shortly after Praljak’s pronouncement. Reports suggest the judge asked that Praljak’s glass be preserved as evidence.
A court spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Praljak was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Last week, the same tribunal handed former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic a life sentence on 10 charges over his role in the Balkan Wars in the 1990s, including genocide. He had pleaded not guilty on all counts.
Questions have been raised over the fairness of the international prosecution of crimes committed during the Balkan Wars. Of the 161 individuals indicted by the ICTY, the body created specifically to prosecute wartime crimes, 94 are ethnic Serbs, compared to 29 Croats, nine Albanians and nine Bosniaks.
Two years ago, Russia used its UN veto right to block a resolution on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy, saying that the draft document depicted the Serbian people as the sole guilty party in the complex armed conflict in Yugoslavia.
In 2006, former Serb president and president of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell at The Hague detention center. His death came just one month after the tribunal had rejected a request by Milosevic to obtain medical treatment in Russia. According to pathologists, the cause of death was a heart attack.
Meanwhile, the former head of Slobodan Milosevic’s defence team, Serbian lawyer Toma Fila, said it was “absolutely possible” to bring poison into the court in the Hague.
Fila told AP that security was like an airport. “They inspect metal objects, like belts, metal money, shoes, and take away mobile phones,'' he said, adding that pills and small amounts of liquid would not be noticed.
'Govt downplays Islamist threat in the Balkans' - German Left Party.
RT Jan 28, 2018
The German media has revealed a growing concern in Berlin, over the increasing number of Islamic extremists in south-eastern Europe. Those claims were based on classified documents obtained from Germany's Left Party. Our Europe correspondent Peter Oliver has the story.
Arrest of Muslim general on war crimes reopens Bosnia war wounds.
RT.com 27 Apr, 2018 21:51
Bosnian authorities have arrested a dozen wartime Bosnian Muslim officers on war crimes charges, including General Atif Dudakovic. While Muslim politicians are outraged, Serbs see the arrests as too little, too late.
Dudakovic, 64, commanded the 5th Corps of the Bosnian Muslim Army in the Bihac enclave during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. His troops fought against the Bosnian Serbs as well as a Bosnian Muslim faction that sought autonomy from the government in Sarajevo. Most Bosnian Muslims consider him a hero for defeating the autonomists.
He and 11 others were arrested on Friday morning and are now facing charges of war crimes against civilians and crimes against humanity.
The charges are related to the deaths of “several hundred Bosnian Serb civilians and prisoners of war in 1995, as well as war crimes against [Bosnian Muslim] civilians loyal to Western Bosnia autonomy in 1994,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Dudakovic and other generals are “synonymous with the honorable and heroic defense of Bosnia and their innocence will surely be proven,” said the country’s prime minister, Denis Zvizdic.
Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosnian Muslim member of the country’s tripartite presidency, called the arrests an “unnecessary humiliation” for people who have cooperated with investigators over the years-long probe.
President of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik, said the lengthy investigation is part of the problem.
“Had this arrest taken place right after the public was shown recordings where it can clearly be seen how Dudakovic is giving orders for the crimes, I would believe in the good intentions of the judiciary of Bosnia,” he said. “As it is, I think that the arrest came too late.”
Dodik, the then-prime minister of the Serb Republic, was one of the officials who referred Dudakovic for war crimes charges over a decade ago, after a recording emerged showing the general ordering his subordinates to “execute on the spot” two prisoners they had taken, and commending the men who carried out the task.
A peace agreement negotiated at a US airbase near Dayton, Ohio, ended the war by partitioning Bosnia between the Serb Republic and the Croat-Muslim Federation. Dudakovic is proud of his role in the war and apparently thinks there is still unfinished business to attend to.
“Today’s generation says the war is not over, only the shooting stopped,” the general reportedly said in May 2017, at a gathering of Bosnian Muslim veterans in Konjic.
Earlier that year, in a speech in Luxembourg, he offered to “personally network those willing to resist greater-Serbian aggression” and that every Bosnian Muslim over the age of 17 ought to prepare by purchasing a uniform, boots, backpack and a sleeping bag, according to the Belgrade daily Novosti.
Post by Pan-Slavic Patriot on May 4, 2018 1:55:22 GMT -5
Brother against brother... the whole Balkan situation saddens me. The legacy of the Turk and Islam in the region has created a divide so deep that I have no idea if it will ever be healed. Eradicating the influence of Islam in Bosnia would be a good start, but I doubt that could ever occur...
Croatian PM Reiterates That Bosnia Security Minister's Claims Are Nonsense.
By HINA, 15 Mar 2019, 13:59
ZAGREB, March 15, 2019 - Croatian PM Andrej Plenković reiterated on Friday that Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektić's accusations, that Croatian intelligence agents had been part of a covert operation aimed at showing that armed group of radical Islamists were active in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), were "nonsense" and "manipulation".
Mektić made the accusations on Wednesday, saying the operation was intended to justify Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović's earlier claims that thousands of Islamic extremists in BiH pose a threat to regional security.
Mektić’s statements, "aside from the words 'nonsense', 'manipulation' and 'ill-intentioned claim', deserve no other additional or further comment," Plenković said at a cabinet meeting. "Croatia is a member of NATO and the European Union, a country which, together with other partners, is engaged in the fight against terrorism and, in that respect, will continue to cooperate with all the countries in its neighbourhood, including BiH, in a responsible manner," he added.
Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektić gave a statement to the State Prosecutor's Office on Friday as part of an investigation into his accusations that Croatian intelligence agents had recruited Bosnian citizens to plant weapons in Islamic places of worship in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
Mektić told reporters later he maintained this information was correct and that the covert operation was not completed because it was uncovered and prevented by BiH's Intelligence and Security Agency (OSA). He said part of OSA's job was to "foil any attempt by a foreign intelligence service to infiltrate BiH."
Commenting on the resolute dismissal by Croatia's Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) of the accusations against it coming from BiH, Mektić said SOA was entitled to defend itself but that its denials should not be trusted.
Asked what he expected the BiH State Prosecutor's Office to do as part of the probe launched yesterday, Mektić said he did not know, yet that he expected nothing as he had no confidence in the Office and its prosecutors.
"Anything can be expected of them, but the only thing that can't be expected of them is to really fight against such problems," he said, adding that launching the probe was just a cover for an attempt to "protect relatives and friends and save someone's reputation."
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5