Monday, January 16, 2006

Serbian Americans raising money for Mladic

The Serbian Diaspora in the United States, together with Serbian business, has raised an estimated 7.5 million euro for Ratko Mladic. A Bosnian daily newspaper “Dnevni Avaz” has discovered documents which it says show that Mladic asked the Serbian American community for 7.5 million euros for his body bodyguards and his family before he is transferred to the Hague Tribunal.

The newspaper doesn't say whether Mladic is planning to surrender or why he needs money for his bodyguards if he is going to be transferred to the Hague Tribunal. Mladic and his former boss Karadzic are the most wanted men in Europe. They have both been on the run now for over 10 years. There has been widespread suspicion in the International Community that the Serbian government and the government of the Serbian part of Bosnia have been helping to hide the men, but they both deny the allegations.

Dnevni Avaz,QIK,BBC

6 comments:

Mike said...

Pursuant to Presidential Executive Order 13304 signed by President Bush in May 2003, it is illegal under U.S. law for any individual in the U.S. to be raising funds for someone indicted by the ICTY. Penalties include a ten year sentence and fines in excess of $500,000.

If this story is true about Serbian Americans raising funds for Mladic, these Serbian Americans can expect to be hearing from their local U.S. Attorney soon.

Mike

Balkan Update said...

Here it is:

PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BALKANS
DATE: 05/29/2003



On May 28, 2003, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order on
the Balkans to take additional steps against persons who obstruct
implementation of the Dayton Accords, as well as UNSCR 1244 on Kosovo,
the Ohrid Agreement of 2001 on Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia), and the work of the ICTY. President Bush has acted to
counter threats to regional stability by revising Executive Order 13219
of June 26, 2001 to block all property and interests of persons
identified in the Order or subsequently designated pursuant to the
Order and makes it illegal in the U.S. to conduct business with or
provide support to the named persons and organizations, or to
organizations they control.

Those listed in the Annex include over 150 names of persons and
organizations indicted by the ICTY, material supporters of those
indictees, persons promoting extra-legal institutions that obstruct the
peace process, or persons providing material support to violence and
obstructionism in the region. These designations will assist the
efforts of international civilian and military organizations and local
authorities to combat extremism and promote stability. In addition, the
2001 visa ban proclamation for the Western Balkans remains in effect.

Those listed include Ratko Mladic, Radovan Karadzic, Hasan Cengic,
Milovan Bjelica, Bakir Alispahic, Ljubo Cesic-Rojs, Ante Gotovina, Ante
Jelavic, Dragan Lalovic, Momcilo Mandic, the Manco Oil Company, Jozo
Peric, Puma Security Company, Senad Sahinpasic, Stanko Sopta, Jovica
Stanisic, Mirjana Markovic, and the Ravna Gorska Chetnik Movement.

The full text of the order and the annex can be accessed on the website
of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury

http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/actions/20030529.html

Relevant documents:
http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/legal/eo/13304.pdf

http://listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu

Anonymous said...

They so scared ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

Of hell or the attorney general?

Anonymous said...

Neither,there not scared of anyone they dont get those emotions if you havent noticed.

Anonymous said...

People , please !

You actually believe this story ?!

This has been a RUMOUR for so long that Mladic is bargaining for money . It is always accompanied by 'arrest imminent' . They are just fishing for him . There is no basis in fact . And now this bogus about the diaspora ... it makes no sense . The Serbian Diaspora is not Al Quaida . They don't have the logistical means to pull it off and Mladic has no way to contact them , there is no secret organisation
working on behalf of Mladic in USA .

This story is nothing but another attempt to demonise the Serbs . It is simple as that . WAKE UP !