He lived normally until 2002. Everybody came by to pay their respects… He was not the type of person to sit around and do nothing.Ratko Mladic’s friend, Aleksandar Mihailovic • Revealing that his former neighbor, the suspected war criminal for whom he built a house, lived a fairly normal life in Belgrade between the end of the Bosnian war and 2002, when he disappeared without a trace for nearly nine years. Mihailovic (a real-estate magnate) paints a picture of a man engaged with his community — one who liked telling stories, eating at restaurants and playing soccer. He, however, spoke with the blessing of the Mladic family, emphasizing in no uncertain terms that he came out on the side of the former general. “Everything that happened followed the fall of Srebrenica,” he said. “Do you think a person of such capability, such professionalism, would allow what is undeniably a horrible crime?” source (via • follow)
Whatever was done in Srebrenica, he has nothing to do with it. His orders were to evacuate the wounded, the women and the children and then the fighters. Whatever was done behind his back, he has nothing to do with that.Darko Mladic • Defending his now-under custody father, Ratko Mladic, from allegations that he led a mass murder of thousands of Muslims — men and young boys — during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. The massacre, one of the deadliest in Europe since WWII, has led to the elder Mladic to disappear from the public eye for nearly two decades before his capture last week. Investigators say that any denial of his involvement in the case is a delaying tactic to buy the notorious Serbian general more time. source (via • follow)
kohenari said: Not sure I agree the arrest marks the end of the chapter. How about a trial at the ICTY and then prison? I think that’s more likely to start people down a road toward healing and even reconciliation. After all why this took so long needs answering…
» SFB says: There are questions that need to be answered, sure, but the mere act of his arrest takes a giant cloud away. ESPECIALLY considering they caught him alive. It offers as much closure as putting him away will. Sometimes, finding the person with the answers to tough questions is as important as answering those questions. — Ernie @ SFB
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