The Ratko Mladic trial starting up in the Hague is the latest war crimes tribunal. I have spent a good bit of time researching the Bosnian War for book III in the Lance Priest series.
An interesting fact that came to light a couple of years ago was the relationship CIA operatives had with Jovica Stanisic, the former head of the Serbian State Security Service during the Bosnian War. Stanisic was there, in the middle of it all. He helped form some of the special brigades within the Serb military that carried out the most brutal attacks on civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
But evidently, Stanisic had something of a conscience and covertly worked with the CIA to “moderate” Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia’s President. The CIA supplied a sealed report to the Hague during Stanisic’s tribunal in 2009. What the document said is not revealed, and very likely not relevant.
Stanisic was like a tortured and torn serial killer back in the 1990s. He felt horrible about all the vile, horrible, reprehensible things that he did. But he just couldn’t stop doing them. The CIA should have sat this one out and let the guy dangle, but obviously, he had something worth protecting secreted away in his brain. Let’s hope he can’t implicate the CIA in any of the horrendous events that took place during that war.