Croatian fugitive general seized


A Croatian general charged with war crimes has been held in Spain, the UN's chief war crimes prosecutor has said.
Ante Gotovina - the third most-wanted suspect from the 1990s Balkan wars - was arrested on Wednesday night in the Canary Islands, said Carla Del Ponte.

Gen Gotovina, 50, is accused over the death of about 150 Serb civilians during a Croatian offensive in 1995.

The Croatian government's failure to arrest him had hampered the country's entry talks with the European Union.

Ms Del Ponte said she hoped efforts would now be stepped up to arrest the top two men on the tribunal's most-wanted list.

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic remain at large.
That's interesting, as the general consensus seemed to be that he was holed-up in a monastery in Croatia.
Hmmm - I seem to remember that this was the loon that controlled one of the scroat Bdes during Op STORM when the scroat army went for a womble up the Livno valley. There were some fairly nasty reports that he and his people were malleting anything that moved.


They eventually played all sorts of havoc with ARSK (Army of the Republic of Serbian Krajina): after this, UNMHO reckoned that they had 'lost' anything up to 100 000 Krajina Serbs.

Gotovina (IT-01-45) "Operation Storm"
Initial Indictment, 8 June 2001 (Kept confidential until its unsealing on 26 July 2001)

Ante GOTOVINA is a professional soldier, who was a former French Legionnaire
Between 4 August 1995 and 15 November 1995, large numbers of Krajina Serbs fled or were forced to flee to Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia. Some who did not flee because of sickness, infirmity or age were systematically harassed, and/or unlawfully killed. The property of Krajina Serbs was plundered. Ante GOTOVINA acting individually and/or in concert with others, including President Franjo Tudjman, planned, instigated, ordered, committed or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of persecutions of the Krajina Serb population.
There are some natural questions: almost 6 years passed form alleged crimes and first indictment. Why? And as we see president Franjo Tudjman (died December 1999) was allegedly guilty too but never has been charged. Why?

The stunning victory of Croatian forces in the Krajina triggered a huge exodus of civilians, yet was hardly condemned by the West.
But why something that was not regarded as a crime 6 years ago now is a crime?

The answer is a simple one. NATO (really USA) launched a war against Yugoslavia. But there were no mass graves in Kosovo, there were no deportations before the war. Milosevic's trial becomes endless. In this situation it was decided to use a smoke-screen: all possible war criminals were charged. It was made to show 'how fair we are' and to aprove indirectly baseless war, bombings, deaths of innocent civilians.

Without war against Yugoslavia mr.Gotovina would live in peace and respected as a 'hero' in Croatia.

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