Serbs Hand over War Criminal

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  1. For you youngsters out there..this is the reason why you still go out to Bos; oh and it was never a one way street; the feckers are all as bad as each other.

    Source: BBC

    Last Updated: Saturday, 15 January, 2005, 23:55 GMT

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    Bosnian Serbs hand over suspect

    Bosnian Serb authorities have for the first time handed over a war crimes suspect to the international tribunal sitting at The Hague.
    Savo Todovic surrendered and was then flown to The Hague, where he was handed over to court officials.

    Mr Todovic, 52, was a commander at the Serb-run Foca camp where hundreds of Muslims died during the Bosnian conflict from 1992 to 1995.

    Several wartime Bosnian Serb leaders are wanted by The Hague tribunal.

    Bosnian Serba authorities have been persistently criticised by the international community for failing to cooperate with The Hague tribunal.


    The tribunal's most wanted men - former Bosnian Serb military and political leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic - remain at large and are believed to be in the Bosnian Serb republic.

    The Bosnian Serb news agency Srna quoted a police official as saying: "On the territory of the Republika Srpska, Savo Todovic, originally from Foca (in eastern Bosnia), indicted by the UN war crimes court, surrendered voluntarily to the interior ministry."

    It said Bosnian Serb Interior Minister Darko Matijasevic was accompanying Mr Todovic to The Hague.

    The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has charged Mr Todovic with crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during his time at the Foca camp, from 1992 to 1993.

    According to indictment, Mr Todovic selected detainees for beatings, interrogations, punishments and execution.

    Hundreds of inmates at the camp remain unaccounted for.

    Power tools, ie drills and hydraulic clamps were used as a means of both inrerrogation and as a means of execution.
  2. Amazing how things change. The Serbs are now the good guys! How many things are different than 91-95 in Bosnia and Kosovo in 99. Things would be different if it kicked off in the Balkans again.

    Now George Bush is leader of the planet not Bill Clinton. Serbs I read were happy with Bush getting elected over Kerry. The US State Dept now lists the KLA as a terrorist/criminal organisation.

    Now we have the War on Terror, it is after 9/11, Osama Bin Laden and Jihad. Muslims are not the favourite poor displaced puppies they were. Bin Laden has played his part in assisting the KLA and the Bosnian Muslims and Al Qaeda and 'foreign fighters' are still in their ranks. The islamisation of Bosnian Muslims is underway which doesn't sit well with Bush or the Europeans.

    Serbia's now democratically elected govt which deposed Milosevic has handed him over and keeps on handing over other war criminals. Arkan is dead and Serbia's army has held joint maneuvres with the US army.

    I don't think Albanians should count on US help this time.
  3. Some interesting points from soldierandy:
    Could be. Whether it was the right thing to do or not, we can't expect the Serbs to instantly forget that it was a Democrat President who ordered the bombing of Belgrade - on the anniversary of the German bombing of the city in 1941, which hasnt been forgotten either.
    Bin Laden may well have wanted to get involved with the KLA, but I suspect their leadership were well warned by the US (and UK) not to accept significant help from that source. Kosovar Albanian nationalism is far more racial/social than religious. Historically, Albania had strong Christian (Catholic and to a lesser extent Orthodox) influences; their historic anti-Ottoman national hero was Christian; it's been said that their true religion is Albanian nationalism.

    I believe a significant minority of Kosovar Albanians today are Catholic, others belong to non-Sunni dervish sects. Other muslim racial minorities in Kosovo have been among the victims of persecution.

    I'm told that there have indeed been Saudi-financed efforts at 'islamisation' in Kosovo as in Bosnia, but with less success apart from historic mosques being replaced in concrete and steel.

    Incidentally, without speculating what lay behind last Thursday's assassination of an international UN police officer in Kosovo, I'm just guessing that the perpetrators are not very likely to be Serb.

    (Civil tension has also been reported again from “South Serbia” (Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja area) following the shooting death near the border of a local resident of Albanian ethnicity.)