The Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, in July 1995, according to the shock ruling by a court in the Netherlands. Overturning a 2008 ruling rejecting responsibility, judges in this unexpected judgement ordered the Dutch Government to pay compensation in the case brought by the dead men’s relatives.
“The State of the Netherlands is responsible for the death of three Muslim men after the fall of Srebrenica”, the court said in a statement. The Dutch “should not have turned these men over to the Serbs,” the court said in its ruling.
Dutch troops (Dutchbat) were in charge of the UN safe area in Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb forces moved in – unimpeded by the lightly-armed Dutch UN Peacekeepers – and removed up to 8,000 men and boys. The UN has declared their subsequent murder acts of genocide.
In an exclusive interview at Belgrade’s Royal Palace, Serbia’s Crown Prince Alexander II spoke candidly with W!LD RooSTeR about the intense weight of responsibility and discipline that a military man must carry on his shoulders. Addressing the issue of justice and the on-going ICTY tribunal of Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladić, the Crown Prince said: “You pay the price if justice comes after you”.
The tribunal of Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladić descended into chaos when the alleged war criminal refused to follow the tribunal’s procedures and, protesting loudly, he was forcibly removed from the courtroom.
His earlier request to delay entering a plea was denied, as Mladić requested that two new attornees attend his trial: a military lawyer and a Russian attorney. He went on to reject his current representative.
The country had come to a virtual standstill as even the most fair-weather sports fan sat on the edge of their seat in front of TVs in homes, bars and cafes to watch the Serb’s first Wimbledon Final against the defending champion Rafeal Nadal.