November 21, 2002 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met in Belgrade with the chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor, a gesture apparently aimed at stepping up pressure on Yugoslav officials to arrest suspects wanted by The Hague tribunal. Carla Del Ponte has complained repeatedly that Yugoslavia has failed to apprehend key suspects, including the Bosnian Serb wartime army commander, Gen. Ratko Mladic. "There is no political will to arrest him," Del Ponte said after meeting Annan.
November 14, 2002 |
A U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague ordered cardiology and psychiatric exams for former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic amid concern that his refusal to name a defense lawyer is harming his health and disrupting his trial. Milosevic, 61, has a heart condition and high blood pressure, and his ill health has delayed the proceedings by more than a month since he was brought to The Hague in June 2001.
November 13, 2002 |
The U.N. war crimes tribunal dropped all but the most serious charges against Bosnian Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic, focusing its indictment on genocide and crimes against humanity. The court has increased pressure on the Yugoslav government to arrest Mladic, and the amended indictment is aimed at speeding up proceedings. The indictment had 36 counts but was reduced to 15, which include murder and deportations.
November 12, 2002 |
Yugoslavia's pro-Western deputy prime minister, a key contender in Serbian presidential elections, said Monday that he would not run in the Dec. 8 repeat ballot. Miroljub Labus finished second behind Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in the October runoff for president. The vote was declared invalid because of low voter turnout. "Voters in Serbia evidently do not believe these elections can change anything," Labus said. "Therefore I have no wish to run again."
November 2, 2002 |
The challenge of defending himself against scores of war crimes charges has apparently taken its toll on Slobodan Milosevic, who was too exhausted to appear in court Friday. The former Yugoslav president, who is 61, required medical attention at the United Nations detention center outside The Hague, and his trial was adjourned until Monday.
November 1, 2002 |
Yugoslavia conceded that a state arms dealer had violated U.N. trade bans against Iraq. The admission came two weeks after evidence surfaced that a Bosnian Serb factory cooperating with a Yugoslav arms dealer had refurbished Iraqi military aircraft. A Yugoslav government statement said that "because of imprecise regulations on arms trading, there have been several cases of breaching the U.N. embargo." The embargo began after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
October 30, 2002 |
Bosnia-Herzegovina's government has imposed a ban on all exports of arms and military equipment after its Serbian region was caught violating the U.N. arms embargo on Iraq. The move followed the removal Monday night of the Bosnian Serb defense minister and army chief, which brought to five the number of Bosnian Serb officials punished over the export of parts for Iraqi MIG-21 aircraft by the state-owned Orao factory.
October 27, 2002 |
Gunpowder was found on a ship seized in the Croatian port of Rijeka after authorities received a tip that the vessel could be transporting Yugoslav military supplies to Iraq, Croatian authorities said. Police said the explosive materials in 14 containers stored on the ship could be used in mortars, artillery shells and rockets. Croatian officials have refused to give details about the seizure of the Boka Star, which is owned by a businessman from the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro.
October 23, 2002 |
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- U.S. officials have publicly confronted leaders of Yugoslavia and Bosnia with evidence that a Balkan weapons factory is exporting military equipment to Iraq with the complicity of a leading Yugoslav defense company. In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Tuesday that the U.S. has "clear evidence" of the transfers. "The officials have pledged a full investigation of these allegations," he said. "The U.S.
October 11, 2002 |
A lawyer appointed to help ensure a fair trial for Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague was fired for giving interviews that war crimes judges said suggested bias against the former Yugoslav president. Michail Wladimiroff was quoted in a Dutch newspaper last month as saying prosecutors had already produced enough evidence to secure a conviction on charges related to Kosovo. And a Bulgarian magazine quoted Wladimiroff as saying Milosevic's chances of being cleared were "negligible."