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Hrvatski Vjesnik (Australia) 14 November

The Gotovina Appeal: What will happen on 16 November?

By Brian Gallagher

16 November sees the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) appeal result of Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac.  Whatever the result, it will be  a major day in Croatian history. It is important to know what they were found guilty of in the first place- and indeed what they were found innocent of –  before considering what may happen.

The convictions were in relation to Croatia’s Operation Storm in 1995, which saw Croatian armed forces – with Washington’s de facto control – liberate large swathes of Croatia and saving Bosnia-Herzegovina from the forces of Milosevic, Karadzic and Mladic. Infamously, the Serbs ordered and organised their own people to leave.  However, the United Nations – which failed to protect Srebrenica’s population from genocide – decided to indict and convict the…

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