Reports in Case : Halilovic - "Grabovica-Uzdol"
HALILOVIC TRIAL SET TO BEGIN LATE THIS YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR
The start of the trial has been postponed several times because of frequent changes in the defence team and the fact that the Trial Chambers of the Tribunal have been busy with other trials
HALILOVIC TO REMAIN IN DETENTION AND IN THE DOCK DURING TRIAL
On the eve of Sefer Halilovic’s trial, ICTY President rejected the motion by Halilovic to allow him to stay in a “safe house or apartment” during trial rather than in the UN Detention Unit. Another motion – to allow Halilovic not to sit in the dock but at the same bench as his defense counsel – has also been rejected
THE GLORY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMAND
Prosecution presents opening statement at the trial of General Sefer Halilovic, former BH Army Chief of Staff, indicted for his alleged failure to prevent or punish the murder of more than 60 Croat civilians in the villages of Grabovica and Uzdol in the Neretva valley in September 1993
“BODIES ARE HERE”
A young man from Grabovica testified at the trial of Sefer Halilovic about the killing of five members of his family by BH Army troops
MURDERS ON “SOLDIERS’ LEAVE”
According to protected witness B, on 7 September 1993, BH Army soldiers stopped in the village of Grabovica to rest ahead of “the continued attack on towards Mostar.” When they went down the Neretva valley two days later, they left behind 33 dead civilians in Grabovica
MILITARY POLICE NEVER REACHED THE CRIME SCENE
An attempt in September 1993 to investigate the killing of 33 Croat civilians in the village of Grabovica in the Neretva valley was thwarted
WHERE THE DRIVER IS, THERE IS ALSO HIS SUPERIOR
At the trial of Sefer Halilovic, former soldier of the 9th Motorized Brigade of the BH Army confirms that officer Vehbija Karic said to the troops gathered in Grabovica on 8 September 1993 to “throw” disobedient Croats into the Neretva river. He cannot recall if Sefer Halilovic was present on that occasion
KILL ALL CROATS IN THE VILLAGE
Enes Sakrak, the man who murdered Ljubica Zadro and her four-year-old daughter Mladenka, testified about the crimes committed by BH Army troops in the Croat village of Grabovica on 8 and 9 September 1993
COVER-UP OF GRABOVICA CRIMES
According to the testimony of a former member of the assault detachment of the 9th Motorized Brigade, no one in the BH Army top echelon wanted the truth about the events in Grabovica on 8 and 9 September 1993 to become known
STRANGE THINGS AND DIRTY GAMES IN GRABOVICA
BH Army soldiers of “other faith” “disappeared” in Grabovica in September 1993
DID HVO TARGET ITS OWN CIVILIANS AND TROOPS?
Protected witness G, former member of the BH Army Prozor independent battalion, stated at the trial of Sefer Halilovic that the HVO had targeted Uzdol from its own artillery during the attack of the BH Army on this Croatian village, where 29 Croat civilians were killed on 14 September 1993
WHEN ARMIES PLAY – CIVILIANS GET HURT
British reporter Kate Adie testified today at the trial of Sefer Halilovic. On 15 September 1993, she reported on the plight of the Croatian civilians in Uzdol for BBC. According to her, there was no real, organized army in Bosnia at the time; to her, it all seemed like people “playing army”
ARMED STRUGGLE CONTINUED DESPITE THE DIVISION OF BH
At a meeting of the BH Army top in Zenica on 22 August 1993, the participants discussed what attitude the military would take if the political leadership agreed to the division of BH at the talks in Geneva. The operation Neretva ’93 was not discussed, Sefer Halilovic’s defense claims. General Vahid Karavelic confirmed the defense argument as his testimony continued, saying that “this is precisely how he remembers it”
BULLET, KNIFE, AXE
A pathologist who established the causes of deaths of victims from the Herzegovinian village of Uzdol testifies at trial of Sefer Halilovic. Ramiz Delalic aka Celo, wartime Deputy Commander of the Ninth Motorized Brigade, whose soldiers are suspected of massacring 33 civilians in the village of Grabovica on 8 and 9 September 1993, is scheduled to give testimony next week
OPERATION NERETVA 93 OR GENERAL’S REVENGE
Sefer Halilovic failed to react in the correct manner upon learning about the massacre in Grabovica, according to Ramiz Delalic aka Celo, who is testifying at the Halilovic trial. , Delalic also spoke about a conspiracy prepared by Sefer Halilovic against Genaral Rasim Delic.
WITNESS HAS ALREADY LIED IN COURT, DEFENCE SAYS
Ramiz Delalic aka Celo said in the continuation of his testimony that Sefer Halilovic had not only failed to investigate the crimes committed in Grabovica but had also ignored orders from his superiors to do so. The defense tried to challenge his credibility, saying that Delalic had lied in other courts.
JUDGE TO BE REPLACED IN HALILOVIC TRIAL
Despite the fact that one of the three judges in the Trial Chamber resigned at the very close of the prosecution case, the trial of Sefer Halilovic is to continue on Thursday, with the testimony of Vehbija Karic. He will testify via video-link
JUDGE MUMBA JOINS THE CHAMBER HEARING HALILOVIC CASE
After Judge Szenasi resigned and the accused agreed to have the trial continue with a new judge, the ICTY President appointed Judge Florence Mumba to the Chamber hearing the case of former Chief of Staff of the BH Army
HALILOVIC HAD "INFLUENCE" BUT NOT "EFFECTIVE CONTROL"
Sefer Halilovic's defense will be trying to prove that he did not command the troops that participated in Operation Neretva '93 in which individuals serving in the BH Army committed crimes against the civilian population in two villages in Herzegovina. In his opening statement, Halilovic's defense counsel said the prosecution failed to do its job and prove its case beyond reasonable doubt
SEFER HALILOVIC'S DEFENCE RESTS
After just seven working days, Sefer Halilovic's defense rests its case. The defense of the former BH Army Chief of Staff decided that it needed to call just three witnesses to testify in the courtroom to prove the innocence of the defendant
PROSECUTOR SEEKS 10 YEARS FOR HALILOVIC
Sefer Halilovic, former ABiH Chief of Staff and, as alleged in the indictment, the commander of Operation Neretva 93 "failed to do anything" to prevent and subsequently punish the murders of Croat civilians in Grabovica and Uzdol, the prosecutor noted in his closing argument. The defense will present its arguments tomorrow
DEFENCE: ACQUIT HALILOVIC
Defense claims Sefer Halilovic is not guilty of the failure to prevent and punish the murders in Grabovica and Uzdol and that the prosecution did not "take the path that would have led to a conviction"
SEFER HALILOVIC NOT GUILTY OF CRIMES IN GRABOVICA AND UZDOL
Applying the principle of international criminal law that a commander cannot be held responsible for the crimes of persons who were not under his command at the time the crimes were committed, the Trial Chamber concluded that Sefer Halilovic was not guilty on any of the counts of the indictment charging him, on the basis of command responsibility, with violations of laws and customs of war because he failed to prevent or punish the crimes committed by BH Army members subordinate to him