December 15, 2005 |
Major Western powers named former German Cabinet minister Christian Schwarz-Schilling to oversee peace in Bosnia, and made a new call for the arrest of fugitive war crimes suspects a decade after the Balkans war ended. Schwarz-Schilling, 75, will replace British politician Paddy Ashdown, who is stepping down in January as high representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina after more than three years.
November 23, 2005 |
Leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina's three major ethnic factions agreed to consolidate power in a stronger national government, a decade after the end of their civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heralded the accord struck in Washington, which calls for a new constitution by March. The 1995 agreement signed in Dayton, Ohio, ended the civil war only by allowing Serbs, Croats and Muslims to preside over separate political spheres.
October 27, 2005
A Bosnian Croat accused of leading a 1993 attack on a Bosnian Muslim village in which at least 16 civilians were killed pleaded guilty at The Hague war crimes tribunal. Former militia commander Ivica Rajic pleaded guilty to four of 10 counts, including willful killing and wanton destruction. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to recommend a single sentence of 12 to 15 years.
October 23, 2005 |
ONE episode from her radio reporting career that Kitty Felde couldn't shake was a tale of atrocity and remorse told by the Bosnian Serb Drazen Erdemovic. In 1996, the host of KPCC-FM's "Talk of the City" was in the Hague covering the U.N. war crimes tribunal trying cases from the Bosnian civil war. But after she saw Erdemovic sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the Srebrenica massacre, she felt she had to bring his story to her other longtime medium, the stage.
September 14, 2005 |
A top Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect surrendered to Serbian authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a government official said. Sredoje Lukic was indicted by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague in 2000 on charges of crimes against humanity, said Rasim Ljajic, a Serbia and Montenegro official. He was a member of a paramilitary group accused of ordering and committing executions in eastern Bosnia, according to the war crimes indictment.
July 20, 2005 |
A former Bosnian Croat special forces soldier pleaded guilty to war crimes at the Yugoslav tribunal as part of a deal with prosecutors. Miroslav Bralo, 37, confessed to rape, torture, murder and using prisoners as human shields to protect Bosnian Croat soldiers from sniper fire. Bralo was a member of a unit responsible for attacks on Bosnian Muslim villages in the Lasva Valley of central Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993.
July 2, 2005 |
Bosnia-Herzegovina's state court handed down its first war crimes sentence, sending an Iraqi-born Bosnian to prison for five years for helping foreign Islamic fighters abduct three Croat civilians. The court said in a statement that Abduladhim Maktouf had helped abduct the civilians in late 1993 and driven the van in which they were taken to a detention camp in the central Bosnian village of Orasac.
May 13, 2005 |
The first witness in a civil suit filed by two families of victims of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, testified Thursday that Dutch troops protecting the enclave were unprepared for a Serb onslaught and felt "frustrated and powerless" when it came. Asked what the peacekeepers had done to prepare themselves for the Serb attack on the Muslim town, the witness, personnel officer Berend Oosterveen, replied, "We hadn't considered that."
April 9, 2005 |
The U.N. tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announced war crimes charges against a Bosnian Serb captain for his alleged role in the violent deaths of more than 7,000 Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Capt. Milorad Trbic, former deputy chief of security in the Bosnian Serb army, has been charged with one count of murder in the 1995 massacre in the U.N.-protected enclave. Trbic, 47, assisted in the planning and shooting, his indictment says.
March 30, 2005 |
Paddy Ashdown, the top international administrator in Bosnia-Herzegovina, fired Dragan Covic, a Bosnian Croat, from the country's tripartite presidency Tuesday after Covic refused to step down in the face of corruption charges. Covic is the third presidency member to be sacked or forced out under international pressure since the administrator's office was set up to oversee implementation of the Dayton peace accords after the 1992-95 war in Bosnia. Ashdown and U.S.