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7 April 2015
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Ratko Mladic’s Defence Targets Prosecution Eyewitness

Radosa Milutinovic BIRN BiH The Hague
Mladic’s defence team again disputed the testimony of a key Hague Tribunal prosecution witness who said that the former Bosnian Serb military chief gestured that Srebrenica captives would be killed.
In the defence’s latest bid to undermine the prosecution’s case, former Bosnian Serb police commander Slavoljub Mladjenovic testified on Tuesday that the key prosecution witness Momir Nikolic gave false evidence about the incident.

Momir Nikolic, a former security officer with the Bosnian Serb Army’s Bratunac Brigade, who has already been jailed for crimes in Srebrenica, testified at the trial in 2013 that he met Mladic near Srebrenica on July 13, 1995 and asked him what would happen to the Bosniak captives.

Mladic made a hand gesture indicating they would be killed, Nikolic told the court.

Nikolic also said that a police officer called Nenad Deronjic attended the meeting.

However, Mladjenovic told the UN-backed war crimes court on Monday that he was Deronjic’s supervisor and that the police officer could not have been with Mladic and Nikolic on July 13, 1995.

“I guarantee that Deronjic did not leave Srebrenica on July 12 and 13,” said Mladjenovic.

Mladjenovic said that Deronjic was guarding a hotel in Srebrenica and that all police officers were assigned to “stop looting” and “set up a police station”.

Mladic is on trial for genocide in Srebrenica and the persecution of Muslims and Croats which reached the scale of genocide in several other municipalities, as well as terrorising the population of Sarajevo and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.

The trial continues on Wednesday.
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