International House of Dan: Argentina Remains Top Destination...

Friday, December 30, 2005

Argentina Remains Top Destination...

...for Europeans fleeing genocide charges. General Ratko Mladic is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on a 15 count indictment charging genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity (7 counts) and violations of the laws or customs of war (6 counts). The Statute of the Court defines the broader crimes charged, the indictment specifies the acts constituting each count (i.e. taking hostages is charged as a violation of the laws or customs of war). The indictment states that Mladic
was born on 12 March 1942 in the municipality of Kalinovik in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BiH"). He was trained at the military academy of the Yugoslav People’s Army ("JNA") in Belgrade, and was then a regular officer in the JNA and subsequently in the army of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Republika Srpska ("VRS").
The alleged crimes took place between 12 May 1992 and 22 December 1996, while Mladic held the most senior military post in the VRS. Mladic remains at large, though authorities expect to find him in the near future. Many believe that he remains in Europe, but I have a bad feeling he will surface in Buenos Aires, like fellow war crimes suspect Milan Lukic.

Up next, extradition related concerns in the event that Mladic does surface in Argentina.


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