Serbiske myndigheter har funnet dagbøker, opptegnelser, lydfiler, hukommelsesbrikker og dokumenter tilhørende Ratko Mladic i et hemmelig rom i leiligheten hans i Beograd. Det dreier seg om 3.500 sider. Selv om materialet ikke er direkte inkriminerende, er det et funn for Jugoslavia-tribunalet. Dagbøkene forteller om troppedisposisjoner og hvem som møtte hvem.

Ikke minst forteller de om hvor tett kontakten var mellom BSA – den bosniskserbiske hæren – og president Slobodan Milosevic.

En vestlig regjering skal ha lånt Serbia et kamera som er i stand til å se gjennom betong og hva det måtte være. Lånet ga resultater. I Mladics leilighet, som har vært gjennomsøkt mange ganger, fant myndighetene et hemmelig rom.

The find — 18 notebooks of General Mladic’s wartime military diaries, 120 sound recordings, cellphone cards, computer memory sticks and a pile of documents — provides some of the most compelling evidence yet of the close, top-level coordination of the Bosnian Serb Army and Serbia, a connection both parties always denied.

Although the thousands of pages of notes handwritten in bold Cyrillic script describe no crimes and show no evidence of General Mladic’s hand in the infamous Srebrenica massacre, they are expected to have wide repercussions, most immediately on six trials now going on at the tribunal, particularly that of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb political leader and General Mladic’s boss.

«It’s one of the most important sets of documents we ever received at the tribunal,» said Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor. «You very seldom get so much information coming from such a central figure.»

The cache was discovered by the Serbian police in February, and turned over to the Hague tribunal two months ago. Since then, specialists, including General Mladic’s deputy commander, have verified his handwriting, and translators have been working overtime to make the material accessible to prosecutors.

The extraordinary paper trail consists of close to 3,500 pages, recording dates and minutiae about supplies of weapons and fuel, as well as troop orders and strategy discussions during the Balkan wars of 1991 to 1995. It also lists people General Mladic met, including foreign envoys and Slobodan Milosevic, then the Serbian president, and what they discussed. There were also numerous audio recordings, Mr. Brammertz said, of General Mladic’s meetings and telephone conversations with military officials and politicians during the war.

Materialet gir lite nytt om Srebrenica. Datoene hvor massakren ble begått er helt blanke.

Serbiske myndigheter har fortsatt å skjule sporene. Haag-domstolen har lenge bedt om å få utlevert Mladics personalmappe.

According to «Twilight of Impunity,» a new book by Judith Armatta, a lawyer and human rights advocate, when Serbia turned over General Mladic’s personnel file to the tribunal, after years of requests, his performance assessment was missing for 1995, the year of the Srebrenica massacre.

Data on Balkan Wars Found in Home of Suspect

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