When former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic mentioned the so-called "French connection" at his trial at the Hague Tribunal in May 2003, which according to him was the culprit of the massacre at Branjevo, Judge Richard May did not allow further discussion on the matter and immediately silenced him.
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Namely, Milosevic then looked into the eyes of Drazen Erdemovic, a member of the Army of the Republic of Srpska and tried to draw attention to a group of mercenaries in the ranks of the RS army, who, received orders from the French intelligence service. Milosevic discovered, for the execution of Muslims at Branjevo, the prize was 12 kilograms of gold.
To cover up the whole case, the Tribunal had to have his own man, and so, as revealed by WikiLeaks, for France it was very important that Serge Brammertz succeeded Carla del Ponte as chief prosecutor, because the prosecutor in the court decides who will be charged and who will not.
However, the spirit of the "French Connection" remains to be floating in the tribunal until today. The trial of General Radislav Krstic, with defense expert General Radovan Radinovic, pointing to an association of members of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad with the French.
Vojislav Seselj, testifying in favor of Milosevic in 2005 also for the massacre at Branjevo blamed the French agents. In February 2012, Radovan Karadzic spoke similarly at Erdemovic's testimony. The defense of the accused posed the question about the other murderers with good agriculture and why they are not in the Hague.
In his book "War in the time of Peace," the historian and journalist David Halberstam, the eminent American writer, researcher and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, pointed to the "French connection" in the Srebrenica crime. He wrote that in July 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he came to the knowledge that the evacuation of Srebrenica was used for some other plans.
- These other plans were "Operation Storm" in Croatia, which was also part of the Dayton preparation - wrote Halberstam. - America had earlier wanted to support Croatia in the action but could not manage to provide the circumstances, environment, something as an excuse.
- The idea was given by the French, because they then had their own secret infrastructure in some units of the Republic of Srpska. The key factor was the President of France, Jacques Chirac. The Srebrenica massacre was a cover for the ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Croatia - claimed this author.
The historian and journalist was killed in a car accident shortly after the book came out, remaining obliged to clarify a lot.
The case picking and mysterious Tenth Reconnaissance Squad, was also dealt with by Germinal Civikov, who did not hesitate to ask the question in his book "crown witness" how it is possible that from 1996 to 2009, the Tribunal has not issued indictments against persons who have committed the greatest crime on European soil since the Second World War? He received an indirect answer, "the court is not interested in small fish."
The Hague Tribunal performed a skillful maneuver and never pressed charges against these people who are able to challenge the testimony of Erdemovic.
As an example of how the Tribunal did everything, that none of executors accidentally appear in the Hague courtroom and "break down" the testimony of Drazen Erdemovic, Germinal Civikov cites the case of the witness "comrade" Croat Marko Boksic, who, in a drunken state ran over a man in Boston and fled the scene in August 2004. During his arrest he was recognized by a Bosnian Muslim and then he emerged as the hangman from Branjevo 1998 and received political asylum in Germany (although he was already marked as a war criminal). From Germany he moved to the United States, and when completing documents for entry into the United States, Boksic gave incorrect information about his military service, which is a serious offense.
American journalists then asked the Tribunal whether they will seek the extradition of Boksic to The Hague. On August 26, 2004, advisor to Carla del Ponte, Anton Nikiforov said that the tribunal had limited options and that they can not deal with "small fish".
Erdemovic's last testimony was in the Court of BiH in the process of Aleksandar Cvetkovic, one of those he blamed that executed prisoners at Branjevo. Cvetkovic was extradited to BiH by authorities in Israel, where he lived for at least seven years and had residency. However, the Trial Chamber with Judge Darko Samardzic, with the judgment on July 2nd of this year, acquitted Aleksandar Cvetkovic of the charges, not believing the testimony of Drazen Erdemovic. In favor of the defense testified Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijanin and Zoran Goronja and they all admitted that they personally killed while Cvetkovic was their driver... the court in Sarajevo is the first slew of "truth" that Erdemovic unravelled in his testimonies.