Zagreb – Croatian president Grabar Kitarovic promoted Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac to be part of the advisory body of the Council for (Croatian) homeland security.
In an interview with “Vecernji list,” Kitarovic said these promotions would be of ‘great importance for improvement in the national security strategy and future development of the Croatian armed forces’.
“I wanted General Gotovina involved in the work of this important Council for Homeland Security, we have been friends for many years. I am glad that he, together with General Markac, agreed to participate and have recognized the positive value of my intentions and objectives of this Council.
The WCC will consist of “10 to 15 most experienced Croatian generals, intelligence officers and other professionals.”
However, “Vecernji list” states that one member of Chamber will be Miroslav Tudjman, son of late Franjo Tudjman, first Croatian president and founders of the HDZ,
Gotovina and Markac have been acquitted by ICTY in November 2012. after the first instance sentence on April 15, 2011, to 24 years in prison for Gotovina and 18 years Markac; meanwhile another high ranked Croatian officer who directly participated in mass murder and ethnic cleansing of Krajina Serbs, general Ivan Cermak, has already been acquitted earlier.
Gotovina and Markac – story of unpunished crime;
Contrary to basic common sense and justice, Chamber of the Tribunal brought the decision that ‘there is no evidence that there was a joint criminal enterprise with the aim of removing Serbian civilians from the Krajina by force or threat force.’
Krajina Serbs seized to exist just like that.
Until in 2013. an article written by the ICTY judge Frederick Harhoff appeared in the Danish newspaper BT, where the judge claims:
“The Hague Tribunal does not provide justice, but carries out political decisions.”
Judge Harhoff specifically commented recent acquittal of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac:
” “It is contrary to any sense of justice,” Harhoff wrote referring to the acquittal of Croatian generals Gotovina and Markac. “It was American judge Meron who put pressure on the judges to acquit Gotovina”
“The American Judge of the Hague Tribunal Theodor Meron exerted pressure on their colleagues in cases of Gotovina. He was very keen to come to an acquittal and was lucky when at the last minute managed to persuade the elderly Turkish judge to change his mind, ”
“An elderly Turkish judge” was Mehmet Guney, 77 years old who at the end voted to acquit Gotovina and Markac.
(Reminder: three judges were in favor of (Meron, Guney and Patrick Robinson), and two against (Fausto Pocar and Carmel Agius).
” These decisions have provoked a deep professional and moral dilemma in me, which I’ve never experienced before. Worst of all is that I suspect some of my colleagues were exposed to political pressure. All this completely changes the premise of my job, which should serve the principles of reason and justice, ” writes Harhoff.
Gotovina and Markac were guilty! – ICTY judge Frederik Harhoff
In his dramatic letter to the Danish judge pointed out that the Hague judges forced to consciously play war criminals to freedom. The source of such pressure Harhoff pointed president judge, American Meron, who was head of the judicial council which acquitted Gotovina and Markac. “It seems that the military establishment in powerful countries like the US and Israel scared to Hague Court too close to most ranking military officials. Did the Israeli or US officials pressured the US President of the Hague Tribunal to change the course of judicial proceedings? “asked Harhoff in his letter.
Moreover, the Danish judge pointed out that ICTY judges were forced to consciously acquit war criminals. The source of such pressure has been the American head of the judicial council, Theodor Meron. who acquitted Gotovina and Markac.
Some things never change: the best recommendation for high position in Croatia is to be a mass murderer of Serbs
“It seems that the military establishment in powerful countries like US and Israel got scared the ICTY approaches too close to their high ranking military officials. Did the Israeli or US officials pressured the US President of the Hague Tribunal to change the course of judicial proceedings? ” asked Harhoff in his letter.
Despite all this (because of all this?) these war criminals became the highest Croatian officials again. One can get an overal picture of Gotovina, Markac, and Kitarovic from the ICTY documents and transcripts, since few years ago the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague started an online database of court documents. In this database one can find witness statements, trial exhibits, and other documents used by lawyers arguing cases at the ICTY. Although the database is not as complete as it could be, it still contains some very interesting material.
One document from the Tribunal’s online database was a transcript of a meeting that Croatian President Franjo Tudjman had with his top military and police commanders on July 31, 1995 — just days before Operation Storm.
In the transcript Tudjman is planning the operation together with his top military brass, and the things they said at that meeting are absolutely damning to Croatia.
At the end of this article I will give you a link where you can download the whole transcript to read it for yourself, but before I do that I would like to draw your attention to some selected passages.
On page 2 of the transcript Tudjman explains the goal to his generals. He says, “We have to inflict such blows that the Serbs will to all practical purposes disappear.”
On page 15 Tudjman makes it clear that he means ethnic cleansing. He says, “it is important that those [Serbian] civilians set out, and then the army will follow them, and when the columns set out they will have a psychological impact on each other.”
Expanding on Tudjman’s remarks general Gotovina says, “if we continue this pressure, probably for some time to come, there won’t be so many civilians just those who have to stay, who have no possibility of leaving.”
The most damning remark that Tudjman makes with respect to the ethnic cleansing campaign is on page 29 of the transcript. Tudjman explains that, for the benefit of propaganda in the international community, leaflets should be given to Serbian civilians saying, “We are appealing to you not to withdraw, we guarantee … This means giving them a way out, while pretending to guarantee civil rights etc…” That’s right he said “pretending to guarantee civil rights” with the operative word being “pretending”.
Tudjman was very conscious of propaganda. He said on page 1 that “every military operation must have its political justification.” For Tudjman and his generals this meant staging fake Serbian attacks. On page 19 Tudjman says that the Serbs “should provide us with a pretext and provoke us.”
Chief of staff Zvonimir Cervenko replies, “We should ask Markac to do that.”
Mladen Markac, a high ranking official in Croatia’s interior ministry, interjects saying, “… and we accuse them of having launched a sabotage attack against us and of heading towards Maslenica, of intending to go over Mt. Velebit to the road from Karlobag to Starigrad, that they want to cut it off, and that’s why we were forced to intervene.”
General Davor Domazet responds, “I think it would be best to do it in the following way. They are using Udbina airport, we can organize an explosion as if they had struck with their air force and in this manner we can disguise all our axes.”
The fact that Croatia is prone to staging fake attacks against itself raises some disturbing questions in the context of its recent admission to NATO – especially given that Article 5 of the NATO charter says, “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.”
This is hard evidence of a conspiracy that goes straight to the top of the Croatian political and military structure, and it gets worse. To gain time to prepare their ethnic cleansing campaign, Croatia participated in the Z-4 peace negotiations in bad faith and the Germans knew it.
On page 2 of the transcript Tudjman explains that he will agree to send a delegation to the Z-4 negotiations in Geneva “as a mask.” On page 32 he expands on that remark saying, “I am going to Geneva to hide this and not to talk … I want to hide what we are preparing [so] we can rebut any argument in the world about how we didn’t want to talk.”
The transcript contains strong indications that Germany, which apparently hasn’t taken the right lessons from its Nazi past, was an enthusiastic supporter of the Croatian ethnic cleansing campaign. On page 1 of the transcript Tudjman says, “We have a friend, Germany, which consistently supports us.” On page 32 of the transcript Tudjman says that Germany supports the planned operation. He says, “Kinkel has promised that Germany will support us, but we have to inform them ahead of time.”
If the Tribunal had this kind of evidence against any Serbian leaders you can bet that we never would have heard the end of it in the media. According to the date-stamp at the end of the document, the ICTY prosecutor’s office has had this transcript in its possession since 2003.
You can read the whole transcript for yourself at:
by: Andy Wilcoxson