Bosnia

Family of Ratko Mladic wants him to be declared legally dead

Ratko-MladicAs per to the Serbian media, the family members of ex-Bosnian Serb chief of army Ratko Mladic aged 68 wants the official to declare his death. They have asked the authorities to declare him legally dead.

After the declaration his wife would be able to sell the properties that belonged to Ratko. After that she will be able to receive the pension.

Former Bosnian president held for war crimes in London

Ejup GanicA former president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ejup Ganic, was arrested in London for alleged war crimes and was to stay in custody until a further hearing at the end of March, Scotland Yard said on Monday.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed the arrest, but said in a statement: "As the case is now before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

Scotland Yard said the 63-year-old was picked up at London's Heathrow airport as he was preparing to leave Britain after a provisional extradition warrant was issued by the Serbian government.

Portugal riding luck into return leg

Portugal riding luck into return leg Zenica, Bosnia  - Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz was the first to admit that his side had their fair share of luck in Saturday's 1-0 victory in the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

With only seconds remaining on the clock and Portugal tentatively hanging on to their one-goal lead, Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko found himself in space and on the receiving end of a Miralem Pjanic cross.

Bosnia promises "real hell" to Portugal

Sarajevo - "See you in Zenica," a front page headline said Sunday following Bosnia's "unfortunate" 1-0 defeat in Portugal in the first leg off World Cup qualifications play-off.

"I never saw more misfortune," the national team coach, Croat Miroslav Blazevic was quoted as saying in the newspaper, the Oslobodjenje.

Virtually all local newspapers insist that Bosnia, with several clear shots at the Portuguese goal, was unlucky to lose.

"Fortune turned its back," was the headline in the mass-circulation Dnevni Avaz, while Nezavisne Novine said "luck was Portugal's ally."

No compensation for mosques destroyed in the Bosnia war

No compensation for mosques destroyed in the Bosnia warSarajevo  - A court in Banja Luka ruled as unfounded the demands of Bosnia's Islamic Community that the city pay 64.7 million convertible marks (48 million dollars) as compensation for mosques destroyed during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, local media reported Friday.

The Islamic Community demanded damages for the 16 mosques in Banja Luka destroyed during the war. Banja Luka is the largest city in the Serb Republic, a Serb entity in Bosnia.

Karadzic to appear at war crimes tribunal Eds: epa photos available

Karadzic to appear at war crimes tribunal Eds: epa photos available The Hague - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was due to appear at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon after announcing he would participate in a hearing about the future of his trial which he has so far refused to attend.

In a letter to presiding judge O-Gon Kwon, the 64-year old had said Sunday he would attend the so-called "status conference" in which the court is due to decide how to proceed with the trial if Karadzic continues his boycott.

Karadzic's boycott of trial an insult, war victims say

Karadzic's boycott of trial an insult, war victims say Sarajevo/Belgrade - Bosnian Muslim organizations have voiced disappointment over the false start to Radovan Karadzic's war crimes trial in The Hague, media in the region said Tuesday.

The former Bosnian Serb leader, who is representing himself in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), boycotted the start of the trial Monday. Karadzic argues that he needs more time to prepare his defence.

Karadzic to go on trial despite announced absence

The Hague  - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was due to go on trial Monday at the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague despite announcing he was insufficiently prepared for the proceedings and would not attend.

Prosecutors Alan Tieger and Hildegard Uertz-Retzlaff of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia were scheduled at 9 am (0800 GMT) to deliver their opening statements, which were expected to continue two days.

Karadzic, 64, who intends to represent himself, faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including two counts of genocide, for acts allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

Radovan Karadzic to boycott his trial

Radovan Karadzic to boycott his trial The Hague  - Radovan Karadzic will not be present at his first day of trial on October 26, the former Bosnian Serb leader informed the Hague-based war crimes tribunal on Thursday.

In the letter revealed to Dutch media on Thursday, Karadzic, who is to face 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including two counts of genocide for acts committed during the 1992- 1995 Bosnian war, said he had not been given enough time to prepare his defence.

A mountain of paper, little time in Karadzic case

The Hague  - The case against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, which comes before a war crimes tribunal in the Hague on Monday, comprises roughly 600,000 documents and more than 1,000 legal papers.

Karadzic has been indicted on 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, including two counts of genocide, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

He has repeatedly complained that he has not had enough time to study the case against him - that pouring over the documentation alone, could take years.

Peter Robinson on defending a "bright, funny" man

Peter Robinson on defending a "bright, funny" manThe Hague  ­ Every other day, Peter Robinson, defence counsel for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, visits his client at the detention centre near The Hague.

They meet in the visitors' room to work on Karadzics war crimes trial, which is scheduled to begin in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday.

Radovan Karadzic: The only key to Bosnia's bloody puzzle

Radovan Karadzic: The only key to Bosnia's bloody puzzleThe Hague/ Belgrade  - At best, Radovan Karadzic's war crimes trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) offers what may be the last shot at shedding light on Serbia's role in the Bosnian war.

The former Bosnian Serb leader is seen to hold the key to the puzzle in the absence of the other two leading players on the Serb side of the Bosnian.

Radovan Karadzic on trial

Radovan Karadzic on trialOn Monday, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will face justice for war crimes, including genocide, at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

The trial promises to be the key to understanding the violent disintegration of the former Yugoslavia up to 1995, and the brutalities which happened in Bosnia, including the slaughter of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys at the hands of Bosnian Serbs in Srebrenica in July
1995.

Bosnian reform talks collapse despite EU, US pressure

Bosnian reform talks collapse despite EU, US pressure Sarajevo  - Bosnian ethnic leaders made no progress in a second round of talks Wednesday on constitutional reforms that are key for the country's closer ties with the European Union, agreeing only to continue negotiations at a lower level.

The talks, now involving experts of the three relevant ethnic entities and no top-level international officials or local leaders, are scheduled to resume next week.

Bosnian court sentences Serb to 30 years for Srebrenica massacre

Bosnian court sentences Serb to 30 years for Srebrenica massacreSarajevo  - A Bosnian court on Friday sentenced a former Serb army officer to 30 years in prison for his role in genocide of Muslims at Srebrenica 14 years ago.

The court said it sentenced Milorad Trbic for taking part in a "criminal enterprise between July 12 and November 30, 1995, ... with the goal to capture, detain and execute all Bosniak (Muslim) men of military age from the Srebrenica enclave."

Karadzic to appear before tribunal in final phase before trial

Karadzic to appear before tribunal in final phase before trialThe Hague  - Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday afternoon for a so-called pre-trial conference.

Tuesday's hearing at the United Nations-sponsored tribunal in The Hague marks the final preparation for the actual trial, for which a tentative date of October 19 has been set.

Bosnian foes fight again - over new census

Bosnian foes fight again - over new censusSarajevo  - Bosnia is the only European country that does not know how many inhabitants it has - and plans to finally hold an oft- delayed census in 2011 are being blocked by the same ethnic tensions which led to war in the 1990s.

It is nearly 20 years since Bosnia last conducted a census, in 1991, before the conflict which killed tens of thousands, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

The next census grew into a hot political issue, with ethnic communities fighting again, this time over the content of the questionnaire.

Serbian, Greek artists sweep awards at Sarajevo Film Festival

Serbian, Greek artists sweep awards at Sarajevo Film Festival Sarajevo  - Films from Serbia and Greece swept the major awards Thursday night at the close of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which has grown from an act of defiance to a leading movie industry event in a decade and a half.

Serbian director Vladimir Perisic's Common People was recognized as the best film of the Sarajevo Film Festival on its final night Thursday. Relja Popovic, won the best actor award for his part in the film.

Sarajevo film festival - gateway to Cannes, Venice, Berlin

Sarajevo film festival - gateway to Cannes, Venice, BerlinSarajevo  - Launched 15 years ago as a symbol of defiance by the besieged city, the Sarajevo Film festival opens Wednesday night as a firmly-established regional event and a major stepping stone for authors from the "new Europe" to the big scene.

Romanian Cristian Mungui's Tales from the Golden Age opens the festival, to be followed by 231 titles, including 71 documentaries, until August 20. The films came from 53 countries, but the focus remains on eastern and southeastern European cinematography.

Bosnian authorities recover remains of war crime victims from 1992

Bosnian authorities recover remains of war crime victims from 1992 Sarajevo - Bosnian forensic experts recovered the remains of some 50 people war crime victims killed and thrown into a ravine 17 years ago, local reports quoted an official as saying.

The remains brought up from a 200-metre abyss on Vlasic, a mountain 150 kilometres northwest of Sarajevo, are to be sent to the Institute for Missing Persons for an attempt at identification.




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