Fw: SENTENCES ON NATO LEADERS FOR YUGO BOMBING A "LEGAL FARCE" -MINISTER
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Sat Feb 3 02:53:58 MST 2001
Apologies for the bad format... but what the new gov't of Yugoslavia says here is the
ultimate indicator of what the new regime is all about... Sovereign Yugoslavia, may
she rest in peace.
>>SENTENCES ON NATO LEADERS FOR YUGO BOMBING A "LEGAL FARCE" - MINISTER
>> BELGRADE, Jan 29 (AFP) - Twenty-year jail sentences imposed on
>>14 western leaders for war crimes during the 1999 NATO bombing
>>campaign against Yugoslavia were a "legal farce" and should be
>>revised, Serbia's new justice minister said Monday.
>> Vladan Batic described the trial held in Belgrade last September
>>during the rule of president Slobodan Milosevic, as a "nonsense,
>>legal farce and a comedy unprecedented in a modern justice system."
>> He told reporters that the sentences were "subject to revision,"
>>adding that the government would make a decision. He did not
>> In September last year a Belgrade court sentenced in absentia 14
>>NATO leaders, among them former US President Bill Clinton, French
>>President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to
>>20 years' jail each for war crimes committed during the bombing
>>campaign against Yugoslavia.
>> Arrest warrants were also issued for the 14, who included Javier
>>Solana, NATO Secretary-General at the time.
>> Solana, who is now the European Union's foreign policy chief, is
>>scheduled to visit Belgrade on February 8, along with the current,
>>past and future EU presidents, to reaffirm EU support for the
>>democrats now in control in Yugoslavia.
>> French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine was also among the 14 who
>>were all supposed to be detained upon arrest.
>> But he has already visited Belgrade without incident since the
>>popular uprising last October which ousted Milosevic and brought
>>President Vojislav Kostunica to power.
>> The western leaders were charged with "inciting an aggressive
>>war, war crimes against the civilian population, use of banned
>>combat methods," the attempted murder of Milosevic and the violation
>>of the country's territorial integrity.
>> Yugoslavia, backed by human rights organizations, has regularly
>>accused NATO of committing war crimes by targeting civilians during
>>the bombing campaign.
>> But the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
>>Yugoslavia last June exonerated NATO, saying the organization had
>>not violated international law in the campaign.
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