Monday, April 04, 2016

WAR CRIMES - Balkan War Criminals (NewsHour Bookshelf)

"How Balkan war criminals were hunted down and brought to justice" PBS NewsHour 3/28/2016


SUMMARY:  Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić is the latest perpetrator to be convicted of war crimes committed during the 1990s Balkan wars.  In "The Butcher's Trail," author Julian Borger examines how tough it was to hunt down those responsible for the most grotesque atrocities of the conflict.  Borger sits down with chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.

WEN IFILL (NewsHour):  Last Thursday, a U.N. tribunal convicted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić of war crimes and genocide in the 1990s Balkan wars.

A look at how tough it was to hunt down those indicted is the focus of the newest addition to the “NewsHour Bookshelf."

Margaret Warner has that.

MARGARET WARNER (NewsHour):  The genocidal crimes of the 1990s Balkan wars stunned the world, mass killings, concentration camps, systematic rape.

Many, but by no means all of the perpetrators were the majority Serbs, starting with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.  The U.N. set up an international tribunal to investigate and indict some 161 people it found most responsible.

The challenge was to actually apprehend them.  How they did so is captured in a gripping new book by Julian Borger, longtime correspondent and editor at The Guardian newspaper, titled “The Butcher's Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World's Most Successful Manhunt.”

Julian Borger, welcome.

You open this book with a really vivid account of the capture of the last of these criminals in a forest in Serbia.  Who was he and what had he done?

JULIAN BORGER, Author, “The Butcher's Trail”:  He was Goran Hadžić.

And he used to run a Serb statelet inside Croatia which had been carved out of Croatia by what was called ethnic cleansing, a euphemism for mass killing of other ethnicities.  So he had overseen that killing on a large scale.

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