BALKAN JUSTICE The Story Behind the First International War Crimes Trial Since Nuremberg

Author: Scharf (Michael P.)
Year: 1997
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press (North Carolina)
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F.
ISBN: 9780890899182
Price: 8.00
Softcover. In the summer of 1992, ethnic violence engulfed Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnia). Thousands of Muslim men and women were forced from their homes and incarcerated in Serb-run concentration camps. The worst of these was located at the Omarska iron ore mine in northeast Bosnia. Omarska was known as a "death camp" and, in fact, more than half of those interned there never left alive. Sanitary conditions were appalling. Food was scarce. Medical care was non-existent. The jailers were brutal. One in particular - Dusko Tadic became widely known as "The Butcher". Survivors of Omarska reported that Tadic personally raped one woman detainee, murdered 13 men, and tortured scores of others. Then, on the afternoon of June 18, Tadic is alleged to have participated in an act so vile, involving a Muslim policeman named Fikret Harambasic (Hari), that news of it quickly spread throughout the world. This vicious incident became a symbol for the entire Bosnian Muslim experience at the hands of their Serb neighbours during the bloody summer of 1992. It was the one documented atrocity that, more than any other, defined the horrors of Omarska. And it was the revelation of those horrors that finally prodded the international community to action in Bosnia. Four years later, Dusko Tadic, a 40yr old Bosnian Serb pub owner and karate instructor, would find himself in a similar situation to that of Hermann Goering following the Second World War. He would become the first person in 50yrs to stand trial before an international tribunal for crimes against humanity. Illus., Epilogue, Appendices, Notes, Bibliog. and Index. 340pp. 8vo. softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. with no creasing to covers.


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