SERBIA DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN SREBRENICA GENOCIDE, NEW EVIDENCE
New evidence suggests that Serbia was directly involved in the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. Let's review some of it:
In his evidence at the trial of Serbia's State Security Chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, former chief of the Bosnian Serb Army's Main Staff General Manojlo Milovanovic confirmed that the owner of the 'secret document' is General Ratko Mladic.
Gen. Mladic's notes indicate that just a week before the attack on Srebrenica, and suqsequent genocide in which 30000 Bosniaks were expelled from the enclave and more than 8000 killed, he met with Slobodan Milosevic and discussed the attack on Srebrenica [full contents of his diary are still not made public]. According to Sense Agency:
"The trial did go into private session at one point, but the prosecutor indicated that during the 10 minutes in private session the witness wasn’t asked any questions.The prosecution had two strong reasons why it wanted to get Milovanovic to testify in the case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. First, Milovanovic is expected to confirm what he stated in the documentary The Unit, about the Serbian state security service’s Special Operations Unit (JSO). Secondly, General Milovanovic has known Ratko Mladic for more than three decades and he ‘saw Mladic’s handwriting on a daily basis ’ in the years they spent together working in the VRS Main Staff. This is why Milovanovic is expected to identify the author of the notes taken in what the prosecution alleges is Mladic’s ‘war diary’.
...In his notes from a meeting in Slobodan Milosevic’s office on 30 June 1995, Mladic wrote that Jovica Stanisic wanted to know what forces General Mrksic had at his disposal. Mrksic was at the time the commander of the Serbian Krajina Army. Stanisic didn’t trust General Novakovic, because his officers told Stanisic’s men in Krajina ‘on the first day there that they are paramilitaries’. Stanisic suggested that ‘Pecanac and 400 of his men should be detached, given a week to get some rest and then seconded to Mrksic’. Stanisic went on to say that he ‘could find 120 perfect men in Sector East and send them there’. However, they shouldn’t be used ‘since we have already sent them 80 men from Erdut and 80 men from Djeletovci’, Stanisic noted. The witness confirmed that Mladic wrote it all down, but couldn’t remember ‘where Djeletovci is and who is located there’. General Milovanovic’s memory was refreshed when the prosecutor showed a segment of the famous video footage of the Scorpions unit in Djeletovci and in Trnovo [Trnovo is location where Serbian forces executed Bosniaks during the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. According to new evidence Scorpions were under the direct control of Serbia]."
At the trial of the former Chief of the Yugoslav Army General Staff Momcilo Perisic, the prosecution has admitted into evidence a number of photographs taken on 18 July 1995 at the Bosnian Serb Army's Main Staff Headquarters in Crna Rijeka. The photographs show witness Ned Krajisnik with generals Ratko Mladic and Momcilo Perisic. This confirms that one of the highest ranking Yugoslav Army Generals was at the scene of the crime during the genocide. According to the indictment, Perisic is charged with providing support to the Bosnian Serb Army and contributing substantially to the crimes its troops committed, thousands of Bosniak men and boys were executed in Srebrenica between 13 and 19 July 1995, after they were captured by the forces under Ratko Mladic’s command. The indictment also alleges that the status and benefits of Ratko Mladic, who was the commander of the Republika Srpska Main Staff, were regulated through the 30th Personnel Center of the Yugoslav Army.
"Serbians in Potocari" is an article published by Sense Tribunal and - for some reason - available only in Bosnian language. According to the article, "Srbijanci u Potocarima" dated 2 September 2009: "Among the members of the Serbian forces who - after the fall of Srebrenica on 12th July 1995 - came to Potocari were members of the Serbia's Uzice Corps, according to a protected prosecution witness in the trial of former Chief of Yugoslav Army, General Momcilo Perisic."
One of major reasons why Bosnia failed to prove Serbia's direct involvement in the Srebrenica genocide is because Serbia claimed in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Scorpions, who participated in the Srebrenica massacre, were paramilitary group and not under the control of the Serbian government. However, in the ongoing trial of former chief of Serbian State Security Service (DB) Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, Serbian MUP reserve officer Milomir Kovacevic has revealed that Scorpions were in fact under the control of Serbia's State Security Service.
"During his stay in Western Slavonia and Baranja in 1991 and 1992 the witness had several close encounters with members of the Serb Volunteer Guard (SDG) led by Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan, and with the ‘Scorpions’ unit. Kovacevic contends that both formations were controlled by the Serbian State Security Service, headed at that time by Jovica Stanisic. Franko Simatovic was Stanisic’s deputy. In September or October 1991, the witness attended a meeting where Raznatovic showed a blue ID card issued by the Serbian State Security Service and claimed that the Serbian government and the intelligence service were behind him. The ‘Scorpions’ were at that time guarding the oil fields in Djeletovci, the witness said, adding that a Serbian intelligence officer in the field told him that they operated there DB control."