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Talic And Brdjanin Plead Not Guilty To Genocide
Momir Talic (former commander of 1st Krajina Corps) appeared before the
court last week to enter their pleas against an indictment, which was
significantly amended by the prosecutor at the end of last year.
indictment includes the charges of genocide against Bosniaks and Croats in
the area of Bosnian Krajina (see Tribunal Update 157) and 10 additional
In addition to two counts of genocide, Brdjanin and Talic are charged with
persecution, extermination and wilful killing, torture, deportation,
unlawful and wanton extensive destruction, appropriation of property and the
wanton destruction or devastation of villages and institutions dedicated to
Brdjanin and Talic pleaded "not guilty" to all charges.
After entering his plea, Talic unexpectedly requested permission to address
"I personally feel that justice and law would be satisfied if I would be
tried by a military court. That is to say by generals who have taken part in
civil wars, and there are enough of them," he said.
He added he believed that it would "not only be logical, but also just,since
the military judiciary deals with the military and knows the military
When asked by Judge David Hunt, whether the defendant's statement raised the
issue of the Tribunal's jurisdiction, Talic's French lawyer, Michel Pitron,
answered that his client "reacted quite personally" to being detained for
four months and that he "hasn't been shown the evidence". Pitron concluded
the statement did not, therefore, represent a challenge to the jurisdiction
of the Tribunal.
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