Mladic diaries of conspiracy
Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic had a habit of meticulously recording every meeting he attended during the former Yugoslavia’s war from 1992-95. His notes may well turn out to be the single most important source of prosecution evidence in the war crimes trials of his Bosnian Serb and Serb allies before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The man who authenticated Mladic’s notes before the court was his former chief of staff, General Manojlo Milovanovic, who spent much of the Bosnian war at Mladic’s “right-hand side”. “In Crna Rijeka where the main staff was based, Mladic and I shared an office. We practically shared one desk, we had two chairs, we saw each other every day”,
Milovanovic said in Jovica Stanisic’s trial on 8 December. Milovanovic has not been indicted himself, most probably because the Tribunal’s prosecutors have focused on Srebrenica when indicting Mladic’s staff officers and aides – including general Zdravko Tolimir, whose genocide trial is expected to end in 2012; or generals Radivoj Miletich and Milan Gvero, sentenced in 2010 to 19 and five years’ imprisonment for aiding and abetting crimes in Srebrenica.
Absence of Srebrenica notes
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