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Criminal Charges against Ibran Mustafic

Date: 09/07/2010 16:54

Author: U. Vukic,

Serbian “Independent News”

Srebrenica - Srebrenica Municipal Police Basic Court in this city has filed misdemeanor charges against Ibrahim Mustafic, president of the Association "Mothers of Srebrenica", because he failed to respond to their orders to remove the controversial billboards set on the eve of commemorating 11th July at the Memorial Centre in Potocari.

Officials of the District Prosecutor's Office in Bijeljina say they have ordered the Municipal police in this city to remove the billboards and flags because they are criminal, and that they in turn ordered Mustafic to remove the disputed content within two days.

Given that Mustafic has not removed the disputed content, the municipal police against him filed misdemeanor charges in primary court of contempt for the decision for enforcing communal order.

The source for the "Independent" from the municipality of Srebrenica explained that in such cases, the Municipal Police should remove the disputed content, and that the bill for the cost of removing should be delivered to Mustafic, but none of that has happened.

"It's all politics. The Communal police have a duty to remove the offending content, if told by the district prosecutors' office in Bijeljina that there is a criminal offense, however, those such as Mustafic do not listen to anyone, nor fear anyone," said this source.

Mustafic setup billboards with offensive content, war flag of the former BiH Army and signs offensive to Serbs.

At the MUP RS (Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of the Serbs) we were told that ten days ago, after they learned of the disputed content, they went to the scene and drew up an official note and submitted the report to the District Prosecutor's Office in Bijeljina, which has assessed that there are elements of the crime of causing racial and religious hatred, discord or intolerance.

"The District Prosecutor has filed a criminal complaint against Mustafic for this crime and has informed the Municipal police in Srebrenica," said Mirna Šoja, spokesman of the MUP RS.


Dear Friends:

As you can see the Republika Srpska has now filed Criminal Charges against Ibran Mustafic, Co-President of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinja, over political Signs and Flags at the Potocari Memorial Center--a mere expression of his political opinion. Furthermore, the RS are the same people who committed the genocide at Srebrenica, and Mr. Mustafic was one of the very few male survivors of that genocidal massacre. There is a serious threat to his life if he is taken into custody by the RS pursuant to these criminal charges. Therefore, I hereby request that Amnesty International issue an Urgent Action on behalf of Ibran Mustafic. The sooner the better.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours very truly,

Francis A. Boyle
Professor of International Law
Attorney for the Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinja Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA (1988-92)

Francis A. Boyle
Law Building
504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign IL 61820 USA
217-333-7954 (voice)
217-244-1478 (fax)
(personal comments only)

3. Honest people must urgently act to prevent this terror in Srebrenica

Ibran Mustafic is a victim of genocide. He lost 14 members of his family including his brother and father. He raised flags of the Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina in his own property and he raised the 4 (four) banners with the following statements, all of which are stated by legal authorities of the world including the International Court of Justice:





For those banners he is charged with “criminal charges” by the same entity and police that committed genocide in Srebrenica.

The Golden Lilies flag was the flag of the Bosnian Medieval kingdom and was internationally recognized in 1992 as the flag for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is no law against that flag. It is not the flag of the Bosnian army, which displays two swords crossed above the shield. No mass crimes were committed under either flag – the Golden Lilies flag nor the Bosnian army flag -- and neither is forbidden.

We hope that the honest people from Europe and the world will urgently act and prevent this new terror over the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.

The following are pictures of the location with flags and banners


4. PRESS RELEASE: Surviving victims of genocide do not want Boris Tadic in Srebrenica

The “Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinje” were the first to initiate annual commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica. They were the ones who spearheaded and fought for the decision of the High Commissioner to build the Memorial Center in Potocari/Srebrenica. Despite this role of the “Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinje” in establishing the Memorial Center, the self-proclaimed “Organizing Committee” for the Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica failed to invite or include the “Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinje” to participate in the planning of the activities surrounding the 15th anniversary. The sole goal of the “Organizing Committee” was to give exclusive control to the members of criminal and genocidal political party of The Party of Democratic Action (in Bosnian: Stranka Demokratske Akcije, SDA) .

In order to realize their genocidal plans, in conjunction with the 15th Anniversary of the Genocide the entire leadership of SDA led by Sulejman Tihić and Sadik Ahmetovic set off on an official visit to Belgrade, and with heartfelt hugs and kisses with Boris Tadic and Ivica Dacic they agreed that the president of Serbia will visit the Memorical Center in Potocari on July 11 and Bratunac on July 12 to commemorate the crimes against Serbs – not Bosnian victims of genocide.

Even though the Mothers tried to work with the Organizing Committee for the commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the Genocide and the burial of newly found remains, the Mothers only found out through the media that at the ceremonies, the survivors of the Genocide will addressed by Osman Suljic, the official head of the Srebrenica county; Haris Silajdzic, member of the presidency of the Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sadik Ahmetovic, minister of internal affairs; and Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, the same Serbia that committed aggression and participated in the Genocide in Srebrenica.

The presence of Serbia’s president in Potacare and his speech have only one goal—to solidify and validate the nationhood of Republika Srpska whose army and police, working directly with the Government of Serbia, committed genocide. With such plans by the Organizing Committee, the living victims of genocide who will be present at the ceremonies are left to lower their head, weep, and accept their fate.

For those who may have forgotten: president of Serbia, Boris Tadic, is the son of Ljubomir Tadic, an academic and member of the group of Serb intellectuals who created the plan of aggression and genocide. We should not forget that Boris Tadic was the Minister of Defense at and under his watch the war criminal Ratko Mladic was gallivanting freely around military bases across Serbia acting as the Commander of the Serb forces.

It is also by no accident that Premier of the Turkey, whose new role as peacemaker between “two sister peoples,” will be present on July 11. This is despite the fact that Turkey, one of the most influential member countries of NATO, did not lift a finger while aggression and genocide were being committed against the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people.

Under the unseen pressures put upon the victims of genocide by the plans and actions described above, we are informing the world that on July 11 the voices of the victims of Genocide will not be silenced in Potacare. If the “guests” think they are coming to the territory of the Republika Srpska, to those “guests” the doors of the Memorial Center and Cemetery are permanently shut. We are informing all of the “guests”, that they are only welcome to come and visit the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina because the decision of the International Court of Justice overrides the Dayton Agreements which was created by genocide.

If President of Serbia and Prime Minister of Turkey view Republika Srpska as an untouchable, durable, and legal state, then the surviving victims of genocide under the norms of international law have only one thing to say: “Vojvodina is an independent state, Sandzak is a Republic, and Kurdistan is a Republic.” International legal norms can only be legal norms if their application is just and equally applied across the world. If the “guests” think that the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina is precedence, they only fool themselves.

The living victims of genocide demand the implementation of the decision of the International Court of Justice and they will never give up the fight because genocide will never be accepted as the means of creating genocidal states and genocidal constitutions.

July 8, 2010.

Ibran Mustafic,
President of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinje

Odgovor Ibrana Mustafić a muslimanskim četnicima u genocidnim institucijama u Srebrenici

Srebrenica 15.06.2010

10 juna 2010-te godine Ibranu Mustafić u je uruč eno rješenje "da u roku ode 48 sati izvrši uklanjanje-skidanje sa jarbola 5 (pet) zastava postavljenih iza memorijalnog centra u Potoč arima". Rješenje je potpisao Mr. Munib Avdagić , muslimanski č etnik i komunalni policajac u genocidnim institucijama u Srebrenici i genocidnoj Republici Srpskoj.


Ibran Mustafić , Predsjednik UO udruženja Majke Srebrenice i Podrinja.


Ibran Mustafić je na ovo rješenje odgovorio sa postavljanjem 4 panoa između jarbola na kojima se vihore zastave Republike BiH. Na panoima su citati iz presude Internacionalnog suda pravde, citat Profesora Francis Boyle-a da je presuda Internacionalnog suda pravde nadredjena Aneksu IV Dayton-skog sporazuma i genocidnim tvorevinama u BiH. Na jednom od panoa je zahtjev žrtava genocida da se implementira presuda Internacionalnog suda pravde.

Uzbudjenje među muslimanskim č etnicima u Srebrenici je izazvala najavljena posjeta Borisa Tadić a Srebrenici. Njima ne smeta što č etnici ne uklanjanju bespravno izgradjenu crkvu na privatnom imanju gospodje Fatime Orlović , ali im smetaju zastave Republike BiH koje su  Srebrenič ki Bošnjaci postavili na privatnom posjedu.  


Ovo su zastave Republike BiH, žrtve agresije i genocida, koje gencidna policija Srebrenice želi da skine čak i sa privatnog posjeda.

Skenirano rjesenje Komunalne policije Srebrenica se nalazi na ovom linku: RJEŠENJE

 Poziv Policije Srebrenice Ibranu da se javi u Policijsku stanicu se nalazi na ovom linku: POZIV

Nastavak uznemiravanja Predsjednika UO udruženja "Majke Srebrenice i Podrinja" putem Tužbe: Tužba protiv Ibrana Mustafić a



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On the margins of the recent sentencing of Veseljko Koprivica

Veseljko Koprivica is the sharpest pen in Montenegrin journalism. He is also the author of several books of non-fiction and collections of reportage's. During the turbulent war years in the former Yugoslavia, Koprivica was the editor-in-chief of Liberal. He is currently one of the editors of the Monitor weekly. Koprivica`s weekly column in Monitor is a vivid reminder of the importance of critical thinking and analytical approach to journalism, and an example of journalistic integrity and personal courage.
Veseljko Koprivica, was recently sentenced by the High Court to pay 15,000 Euros in compensation to the former editor-in-chief of the Montenegrin State Television (TVCG), Bozidar Colovic. The High Court found Koprivica liable for damages that were ``non-material in nature`` and in its ruling stated that he was responsible for causing ``mental anguish`` to Colovic and was ``questioning his honor.``

On September 24, 1994, while working as the editor-in-chief of the weekly Liberal, Veseljko Koprivica published an article written by Milo Djurdjevac, a Bosnian journalist then living in the Netherlands as a refugee. In his article, Djurdjevac stated that according to the documents of the Hague Tribunal, some 16 Montenegrin journalists were listed as war mongers and were considered persons of interest by the Tribunal. According to Djurdjevac, the name of Bozidar Colovic was on that list.
Before publishing the article in question, Koprivica tried to confirm the validity of the information and spoke with the author of the article 3 times. Furthermore, he asked for and was provided with the faxed copy of the document from the Hague Tribunal containing the information about Montenegrin journalists being persons of interest for the Hague Tribunal because of their war mongering and nationalist propaganda. He also consulted with his colleagues in Montenegro about the possible implication of such article appearing in the Montenegrin press. Only then did Koprivica agree to publish the article.

One year after the publication of this article (1995), Bozidar Colovic sued Koprivica demanding compensation. It is interesting to note that Bozidar Colovic never even attempted to dispute the accuracy of the information published in the article. He decided to sue the editor-in-chief of the Liberal, and not the author of the article, and demanded compensation on the basis of mental anguish being caused to him.

For nine years the court supposedly tried to determine the level of accuracy of the statements about the list of names. It never took as evidence the faxed copy of the document that Veseljko Koprivica received from the Hague Tribunal. It also never subpoenaed the author of the article as a witness for the defense. After many years of hard work of the court-appointed investigators only one thing remains a certainty: in the case file of Bozidar Colovic vs Veseljko Koprivica there is no evidence proving that Koprivica deliberately published an article containing inaccurate information and defamatory statements about Bozidar Colovic. All documents point to Koprivica verifying the information to the best of his professional abilities. The case against him, nevertheless, dragged on until it reached a conclusion a week ago.
Meantime, in 2004 the Montenegrin State Television (TVCG) had produced and aired a documentary entitled Witnesses of a Century, portraying its former editor-in-chief, Bozidar Colovic as a war monger indeed. It should be said that this documentary appeared as an integral part of the new political course in Montenegro and was aimed at polishing up tarnished professional reputation of the TVCG.

It was a good example of the stage-managed self-criticism aimed at avoiding analysis of a systemic problems plaguing the TVCG. Many of those portrayed as war mongers in this documentary were former employees. Mr. Colovic never attempted to dispute the characterizations of his journalistic and editorial work made in the documentary, while the court decided not to take into account the aforementioned documentary film.

At present, the professional conduct of Mr. Colovic during his tenure at the TVCG in the early 1990s and his devotion to the cause of war are a matter of public knowledge in Montenegro. It is worth noting that Mr. Colovic is just one of many journalists in Montenegro (and the whole of the former Yugoslavia for that matter), whose elevated partisan tenor and daily calls to arms issued in newspaper columns and TV editorials greatly contributed to the climate of hatred and ethnic tensions in the region.

Regardless of ther lack of evidence against him and despite serious professional errors on the part of the court officials, Veseljko Koprivica was found guilty for causing mental anguish to Bozidar Colovic and for demaging his professional reputation. While the court`s decision is not final and Mr. Koprivica still has some legal remedy at his disposal, he would first have to pay the 15.000 Euros to the plaintif.

Koprivica`s defense team and some legal experts have argued that these court proceedings are problematic at best. Representatives of non-governmental organization Action for Himan Rights, from Podgorica, stated that vis-a-vis the European freedom of expression standard defined by the Article No. 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, this High Court ruling against Veseljko Koprivica is very problematic indeed.
First, the court failed to subpoena the author of the article, Milo Djurdjevac, despite Mr. Koprivica`s repeated requests.
Second, it failed to consider material evidence in favor of Mr. Koprivica – the copy of the document from the Hague Tribunal and the documentary film produced in 2004 by the TVCG.

Third, it failed to take into account the fact that since the time the article appeared in print (1994) the legislative framework in Montenegro had changed considerably. According to the Montenegrin Law about the Media (2002) that is currently applied, the editor-in-chief of a media outlet can not be sued in case articles published in his newspaper or magazine are causing mental anguish to individuals. This responsibility rests with the author of an article in question.
The sentencing of Veseljko Koprivica is one of a number of court cases involving journalists in Montenegro. Almost all are about journalistic criticism of the ruling business and political elite in Montenegro, and investigative journalistic texts on the issues of corruption, money laundering, and criminalization of the Montenegrin society. The most recent court ruling on May 19th 2008 involved the 20,000 Euros fine that the director of the daily Vijesti must pay to the Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic. Once again, it was the issue of a journalist causing mental anguish and tarnishing a reputation af a prominent public figure.

While each individual case has its own internal dynamic the fact that at present there is some 40 active court cases against journalists in Montenegro should at least raise some eyebrows. The projected lack of impartiality of the judiciary in Montenegro further aggravates the situation. The impression is left that the ruling elite and the business elite associated with structures of power could influence court proceedings and decisions. Faced with the possibility of financial ruin media outlets are understandably reluctant to engage in critical analysis of the transtion process and all its discontent. Many journalist, for their part, are shying away from hot topics involving political and business leaders in Montenegro. Some analysts argue that all this points to a troubling trend of growing authoritarian tendencies of the rilling elite. The freedom of expression and the freedom of the press in Montenegro are applied rathe selectively, and those who dare to publically criticize the current power structure and its business partners could look forward to a potential hefty fine.

Dr. Srdja Pavlovic

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Department of History and Classics
2 - 28 Henry Marshall Tory Building
University of Alberta, Edmonton. T6G 2H4
Alberta, Canada
Office: Humanities 1-53. Tel: (780) 492-7456 (office); 492-3270 (messages)

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