Jon Bellish, DU student, blogs from The Hague on Ratko Mladic war crimes trial

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Ratko Mladic.
When you're in your third year of law school, you want something a bit meatier than dusty lectures and heavily footnoted case studies.

If you're Jon Bellish, that means you head for The Netherlands -- and the trial of a man charged with some of the most heinous war crimes of modern times.

Bellish, who's studying at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, is the online editor of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, a student-run quarterly. But he's also just launched a website, The View From Above, designed to bring a more timely sensibility to the university's discussion of international law and foreign policy issues.

And what better way to begin that conversation than with up-close-and-personal daily coverage of the international tribunal weighing the fate of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic? Since Bellish is spending much of his summer attending seminars at The Hague Academy of International Law, he decided to see firsthand how the International Court of Justice operates and write about the Mladic trial for the new site.

Mladic stands accused of numerous crimes of genocide, including a major role in the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre, considered the greatest mass murder of civilians in Europe since the end of World War II. Bellish's first dispatch deals with Mladic's antics at his initial appearance, during which he was admonished for interrupting the judge, playing to the audience, contesting the legitimacy of the court -- and generally trying to delay his day of reckoning. After several warnings, he was removed from the proceedings.

"We can expect more delay tactics of this sort as the proceeding moves forward," Bellish informs his readers, describing Mladic as a defendant "whose lack of self-awareness made him uncooperative to the point of apparent immaturity."

To get more of one local observer's take on a trial with far more at stake than the kind of stuff Nancy Grace wallows in, check out the site.

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JIll Starr
JIll Starr

Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague CourtCannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case By Jill Starr

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This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against DrKaradzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations memberstates instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the,Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, Ipersonally witnessed these United Nations member states having a substantialconversations, and, openly speaking about trading judicial appointments andverdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC PreparatoryMeetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapabletrying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 PreparatoryMeetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exactcaliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it wasa perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings Iattended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetaryfunding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’sproposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain arguedin a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country)strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’shighest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financiallyMORE direct power over its decisions.”

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring thecountry representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal andunfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts andjudicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting thatday all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussedand debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked! The ideawas “let’s discuss it.” "It’s a great topic to discuss."

Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The pointhere is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated asa totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate topic which it is in themeeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for anewly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

In particular., since “Spain” was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topicof trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicialappointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present thatday at the UN, “Spain” must have already known by previous experience the topicof bribery was “socially acceptable” for conversation that day. They must havepreviously spoke about bribing the ICTY and ICC before in meetings; this is my takean international sociological honor student.

SPAIN’s diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in allof this is, disgusting morally!SPAIN HAS TAUGHT THE WORLD THE TRUE DEFINITIONOF AN “INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.”

I represented the state interests’ of the Former Yugoslavia, in Diplomat DarkoTrifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this efforton Serbia’s behalf.

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InternationalRelations Consultant & War Crimes Investigator - War - Peace - Preventive Diplomatic Strategies - International Law - Charitable Causes - International Business - International Political Economy - Human Rights - Politics - War Crimes Investigations - Anti-Terrorism - Law Projects Center Funded Projects (YCICC) Internationallyhttps://sites.google.com/site/...

 

JIll Starr
JIll Starr

WhatIt’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The MostRuthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic (+) Confessionsof a Female War Crimes Investigator By Jill Louise Starr NJ USA

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             Retrospectively, it was all sosimple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade,sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chattingabout war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand.  Mladic,  a manconsidered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still atlarge and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head forgenocide by the international community.  Yet there I was with my two bestfriends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic justchilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in suchcircumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of itall came about.

 

InternationalRelations Consultant & War Crimes Investigator - War - Peace - Preventive Diplomatic Strategies - International Law - Charitable Causes - International Business - International Political Economy - Human Rights - Politics - War Crimes Investigations - Anti-Terrorism - Law Projects Center Funded Projects (YCICC) Internationallyhttps://sites.google.com/site/...

 

 

JIll Starr
JIll Starr

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------International Relations Consultant & War Crimes Investigator - War - Peace - Preventive Diplomatic Strategies - International Law - Charitable Causes - International Business - International Political Economy - Human Rights - Politics - War Crimes Investigations - Anti-Terrorism - Law Projects Center Funded Projects (YCICC) Internationally sites.google.com/site/jillstar...

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