Ever heard of the supergrasses in the north of Ireland. There was a time when they were popping up all over the province.

From the north to the ICTY court in The Hague is no more than a step and a hop.

Same EU culture; same police and court prosecution culture.

Did they learn from each other? You´re damned right they learned – they copied!

So…At the beginning of March, 1996 the Bosnian Croatian Dražen Erdemović is arrested in Yugoslavia.

He confesses!!!

to have been involved on the 16th July, 1995 as a member of a special unit of the Bosnian-Serbian army

in the shooting of 1200 Moslem civilians from Srebrenica.

That is HIS story you will understand

That is Understand that a supergrass will tell you things that happened and things that didn’t happen!

(Famous Irish singer Christy Moore, song on Rose of Tralee)

At the end of March, 1996 he is delivered by Belgrade to the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague where he repeats his confession.

Besides, Erdemović every time calls the names of his six accomplices and his superiors, alleging that the general staff of the Bosnian-Serbian army would have ordered the action.

Erdemović becomes the principal witness for the prosecution for one of the worst war crimes, the mass execution of Srebrenica.

For the murder of 70 to 100 civilians whose shooting he himself is alleged to have carried out, Dražen Erdemović is condemned to only five years of prison.

Since 2000 he lives with a new, “protected” identity in a West European country and appears regularly before the tribunal in cases where the accusation of the genocide has been raised.

How plausible is, nevertheless, the confession of this principal witness?

Already after the first superficial reading it shows the serious contradictions which no judge would accept in a normal penal procedure.

However, this is the confession upon which the Yugoslavia tribunal based the international arrest warrant against the commander of the Bosnian-Serbian army, Ratko Mladić, and the president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Radovan Karadžić.

To make the matter all the more astonishing, not a single accomplice or superior named by Erdemović has been arrested up to now.

Why is it that the Yugoslavia tribunal, which has called the Srebrenica murders an act of genocide, refuses to know anything about other potential culprits?

What can be the reason for the refusal to put on the stand the accomplices and superiors of the principal witness, Erdemović? Does the tribunal perhaps not want to pursue those that Erdemović named as culprits because they could tell something about the Srebrenica murders what should be kept from the general public?

With this book, Civikov broaches maybe the hottest subject of European post-war history. The investigation of the mass murders of Srebrenica, meticulous researched, reads like a criminal novel.

Step by step, he demonstrates how the tribunal has managed to define presumably the most brutal crime in Europe after 1945 based on the problematic testimony of a single principal witness.

After the reading of this book, the credibility of the Yugoslavia tribunal is shaken to the core.

The author:
Journalist and literature specialist, Germinal Civikov was born in 1945 in Russe (Bulgaria) and lives since 1975 in the Hague (Netherlands). He was active for many years as an editor for the ” Deutsche Welle“ programme in Cologne.
He also authored Milosevic—trial of the century [2006].


Some of the information gained from a review of the Germina Civikov book on Amazon

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