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Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison

15:59:41 EST Mar 6, 2006
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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A Croatian Serb convicted of ethnic cleansing after leading a brutal revolt during the Balkan wars committed suicide in prison, the UN tribunal said Monday, a setback for prosecutors counting on his testimony in other war crimes cases.

Milan Babic showed no sign of despair before he killed himself Sunday evening, a tribunal spokeswoman said. But his suicide came just three weeks after he reaffirmed his remorse for his crimes, telling a tribunal that his guilt was a "pain that I have to live with for the rest of my life."

Once a close associate of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, Babic was considered an "insider" with special knowledge of the workings of Milosevic's government, and prosecutors put him on the stand for three weeks of dramatic testimony against his former mentor in 2002.

His death will be a setback for UN prosecutors who had planned to summon him as a witness in as many as three more war crimes cases. He had agreed to testify against his former comrades as part of a plea bargain.

Babic, 50, who was sentenced in 2004 to 13 years imprisonment, was found dead at 6:30 p.m. at the UN detention centre in Scheveningen, a few kilometres from the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

His body was discovered during a routine half-hourly monitoring of his cell, said tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov.

"He gave no indication he was contemplating such a move," Milenov said. "There was nothing unusual in his demeanour."

The tribunal said it was launching an inquiry.

His was the second suicide at the detention unit, following the 1998 death of Slavko Dokmanovic, another Croatian Serb leader.

Rasim Ljajic, chief of Serbia-Montenegro's government agency for co-operation with The Hague tribunal, said Babic's death would likely deepen the distrust most Serbs have for the UN tribunal, created in 1993 to try those responsible for massacres and atrocities being committed during Yugoslavia's violent breakup.

"This second case of suicide certainly won't help our public's perception about the tribunal," he said.

The Association of Serbs from the Croatian Krajina, a Belgrade-based group, claimed Babic's suicide indicated that tribunal "obtains its confessions through extraordinary pressures and lies," and that Babic "resorted to the only solution he could in defence of human dignity."

Babic, a former dentist, was a ranking Croatian Serb leader when the Serb minority revolted after Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, setting off a war that lasted until 1995.

Babic was accused, along with Milosevic, of being part of a conspiracy to clear roughly one-third of Croatia of non-Serbs and incorporate that area into an ethnically pure Serbian state.

From August to December 1991, Croatian Serbs killed hundreds of Muslims and Croats in the Serb-dominated Krajina region and drove 80,000 from their homes. Babic later testified that Serbian secret police under Milosevic's authority were the driving force behind the ethnic cleansing.

Babic surrendered in 2003, a few weeks after the tribunal issued its indictment, and pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against humanity. His co-operation in future trials was part of a plea bargain in which prosecutors dropped four other charges of murder, cruelty and the wanton destruction of villages during the war in Croatia.

In his plea agreement, Babic said he knew nothing of the murders of non-Serbs until many years later and had no knowledge at the time of the extent of the crimes being committed by Serb forces.

Babic's testimony against Milosevic provided a dramatic highlight to a trial that has gone on for more than four years. During his testimony, Babic requested that his identity be concealed, but he later asked to have the secrecy lifted so that his confrontation with Milosevic would be public.

"You dragged the Serb people into war," Babic said. "You brought shame on the Serbs."

Last month Babic testified against Milan Martic, the last president of Serb Krajina before the Croatian army recaptured the territory in 1995.

Asked on Feb. 15 to repeat his 2004 apology to the Croatian people, Babic said: "I stand before this tribunal with a deep sense of shame and remorse. I allowed myself to participate in the persecution of the worst kind against people only because they were Croats, not Serbs," he said.

"The regret that I feel is the pain that I have to live with for the rest of my life," he said, urging other war crimes suspects to face their past.

Then he volunteered to the judges: "Those were my words then, and I stand by them even today."

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 04:32:48 PM »
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But his suicide came just three weeks after he reaffirmed his remorse for his crimes, telling a tribunal that his guilt was a "pain that I have to live with for the rest of my life."

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D Yeh, like these guys...



How many were tortured into..."confessions"? That is now a foregone historical conclusion. Recently aired on the BBC was the disgraceful torture 'villages' where Germans were beaten to death and starved...then found they had the wrong people most of the time. Sound familiar?

Yeh, also tell it to this guy...



http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2006/01/25/feature-02

He's already appeared at the The Haugue and defended Milosovich and pissed off the prosecution. NOW...YEARS after, they SUDDENLY find out he's a 'war criminal'! Absoloutly fucking ludicrous and an indication of just how desperate the prosecution is getting.

They dragged the guy back into prison and the tone is he was 'on the run' when he had been living in my home town of Perth for years and was well known in the community.

This is a message for ALL 'witnesses'. You had better say what is expected. Here is the script. Deviate from it and you will hang yourself in your jail cell.

They will kill Milosovich soon.




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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006, 08:59:11 PM »
Do you have any proof anyone was tortured to confess to anything at the Hague?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not fond of the Hague tribunal - if these people should be on trial anywhere it should be in the countries where they committed their crimes.

Are you a Serb? Or just an apologist?

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2006, 12:45:52 AM »
I'm Irish with a taste for...facts.

I come with NO agenda other than the truth. I dont want to see ANY Croats or Serbs on trial.

I want to see these boys on trial...









And ALL the Central Bankers/Blue Blood Inbreds, The Round Table group members from the Bilderbergers to Davos to Bohemian Grove who daily make decisions about who rules the world that condem millions to suffering and death.

They must be put on trial!




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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2006, 10:38:56 AM »
If you're not from the region you have no business saying who you do or do not wish to see on trial. I believe those who did committ war crimes - with ample evidence, of course - should be convicted.

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2006, 07:59:07 AM »
Now that's b.s. Rusalka.

Those miscreants have killed folks all over the world.  The remotest nomad in the sticks of bum**** Egypt has a case against the globalists.

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2006, 08:02:19 AM »
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They will kill Milosovich soon.

Good call, kid. 

Who do you like in the World Series?
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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2006, 08:11:53 AM »
Not a bad call at all for a mick :D

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2006, 08:36:27 AM »
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Not a bad call at all for a mick

Pffftt.  That's precisely why he could.  You know what they say about drunks, the Irish and mentally retarded people. (they're the same thing?  Rimshot!)  Something about God..


BTW, my two middle names are Patrick and Michael.
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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2006, 08:57:08 AM »
LOL

I reckon he's drunk now and wandering around town incoherently.

Where are you Donnie :D ;D

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2006, 09:12:18 AM »
Thats enough slagging off the Irish - There's more than one of us here you know :P
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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2006, 09:35:42 AM »

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Babic, a former dentist, was a ranking Croatian Serb leader when the Serb minority revolted after Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, setting off a war that lasted until 1995.

So let me see...Croatia revolts against Yugoslavia but somehow the Serbs are the rebels.

Makes sense to me...NOT!
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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2006, 04:33:07 PM »
Well, I thought seeing as a restart was due soon with a finish in May it was'nt a big call.

He has humiliated them day after day.

The court has been in fits of laughter as he sent 3 Judges packing.

He has had so called prosecution witness after prosecution witness defend him and claim torture and co-ercion to fill out 'statements'.

He has demanded day after day for the felon Clinton, Albreicht etc... be available for him to examine on the witness stand and been refused. With good reason...he would be able to have them up on perjury the second they opened their mouths.

The court thought they could get him to shut his mouth and take a long, comfortable prison sentence with perhaps early release (death by hanging) but he instead gave them the finger. He was NO angel but he was STILL alot further along in the St Peter line than the rest of them.

May he rest in peace and be an example to all in how to stick both fingers up to the Globalist's.

And BTW...i do not drink but I partake in alot of coffee? Does that count? ROTT has kindly told God he will take over my quota because that is the kind of guy he is. :-*

I am off to Church for Litergy. I will say a prayer for Slobby and all the souls who suffered under those bastard Globalists in the Balkens. I pray also that RUSKLA gets a little less one sided in her approach to the issue.

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
on: March 06, 2006, 07:32:48 PM » Post #21061  Reply to: rusalka, at Post 20956
      
They will kill Milosovich soon.
That was amazing!.

But it also indicate that the groups behind theese kind of things have become predictable.

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Re: Former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia commits suicide in prison
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2006, 02:59:26 AM »
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But it also indicate that the groups behind theese kind of things have become predictable.

Exactly.

They had to give a decision and their reasons by the end of May. "They" had...nothing. Idiot witnesses for the prosecution who Slobby ripped apart. Witnesses for the prosecution who turned on the judge and prosecution and instead defended Milosovich and claimed torture and co-ercian. The American Feds and the Spanish who left the Balkens after Kosovo claiming they had been taken for a ride over the "mass graves" and a similar story surrounding the much expounded "Srebrinica" where 7000 men were supposedly rounded up and slaughtered but all they can come up with are graves containing multiple dead bodies who have died under varying circunstances from artillery and mortar fire etc...this doth not a mass slaughter make but it's close enough for the mass media who are laying it on thick exclaiming how his conviction was a done deal. As some one who has followed this closely...they were NEVER going to convict him and whats more he had made UTTER fools of the court.

RIP Slobby.