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Travesty: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic and the Corruption of International Justice 1st Edition

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Study this story. Our future depends on a vigilant and informed people. The truth is hard to find, but in John Laughland we are fortunate to have a man blessed with the three qualities for which Anatole France wrote, in 'The Revolt of the Angels,' that Lucifer was banished from Heaven: 'liberty, curiosity and doubt'. That is the freedom to seek all facts, the desire to find the truth and the scepticism, since even facts can be the enemy of truth, to scrutinize what you find with care. In our time of consummate obfuscation and manipulation skills and scepticism of a John Laughland are the best resource we have to find the truth that can set us free. -- Ramsey Clark

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John Laughland is the author of three previous books: The Death of Politics (1994), The Tainted Source (1997) and Le tribunal penal international (2003). He is currently working on A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Saddam Hussein and on a book about the 19th century German philosopher, Schelling, while his Israel on Israel (co-edited with Michel Korinman) is due out this autumn. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator, the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 1 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745326358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745326351
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
John Laughland, author of The tainted source: undemocratic origins of the European Union, has written a brilliant denunciation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

After the counter-revolutions in the Soviet Union and Eastern European, Yugoslavia stayed independent and unwilling to join NATO or the EU. So the USA, Britain and Germany acted to carve Yugoslavia into easily controlled devolved regional statelets. The Yugoslav leadership tried to keep their country independent and united, and to defeat the terrorist secessionists.

So the NATO powers demonised the Yugoslav leadership: Blair lied about Serbian `racial genocide' of Kosovans, but after the war the Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY reported that 2,108 bodies had been found, not enough to constitute genocide.

The NATO powers made the UN Security Council set up the ICTY "for the sole purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia" (Resolution 827, 25 May 1993). Not `allegedly responsible', but `responsible', assuming all defendants' guilt. Laughland notes that the United Nations Charter grants no power to the Security Council to create a criminal court.

On 24 March 1999, US and British forces started bombing Yugoslavia, without UN authorisation, an illegal aggression. At the height of NATO's assault, on 27 May 1999, the ICTY issued its indictment of Slobodan Miloseviæ for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In February 2002, it started the first criminal trial by an international tribunal of a head of state. The Court's rules and procedures were stacked against the defendant.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Andre Pascal on February 22, 2007
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This book is definately the best yet to come out on Milosevic's trial in Hague. Although it is short (208 pages for such a long trial), this book is all about facts and substance. It is full of quotes, links and footnotes-it shows the trial, how it went, what was done and all irregularites and bias that was involved ( as i said all this is constantly supported by lots of evidence mostly from trial itself). It also uncovers The Tribunal itself, explains who are the judges, how court was established, who funds it and why....Great, great stuff all together! Oh and yes, the foreword by Ramsey Clark, the Ex-attorney General of USA is extraordinary- it explains in brief the reasons for break up of Yugoslavia, how Germany and later USA did this and it goes all the way to Milosevic's trial and his misterious death in Hague. If you are a lawyer, proffessor, student or just somebody genuinely interested in this topic, do not miss this book...It is a must read!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on February 19, 2008
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In this important book the tragedy of international justice is brought to light. With a forward by Ramsey Clark this book points out just how much 'justice' was hijacked. The book shows how the media and the international community was able to tar and feather Serbia as the 'bad guys' in a war in which all were to blame. 500,000 Serbs were ethnically cleansed from Bosnia and Croatia but in the end only Serbs were charged with war crimes. After Milosevic, who was a tyrant, was driven from power he was handed over the the international criminal court. This was a travesty in itself. A court derived its power from the people, from the consent of the governed but in this case a court which is accountable to no one was established to put on trial only one side at the behest of Nato and Europe.

The book examines how the court was biased and how it exceeded its jurisdiction and even violated international law. Eventually it was unable to get a conviction and kept Milosevic in prison until he died. Unlike nuremburg it did not actually prove anything but simply waited for the accused to die so that it could say 'we convicted him.' A very fascinating book that dares to show the other side to the Balkan wars.

Seth J. Frantzman
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carl Savich on September 22, 2008
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The so-called war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic was a political and staged show trial set up by the US and by NATO. The kangaroo court was an example of victor's justice, putting an enemy combatant on trial to cover-up and to whitewash the war crimes and atrocities committed by the US and by NATO. The trial had much more in common with the Stalinist Moscow show trials of 1938 and the Senator Joseph McCarthy Communist witch-hunt trials and prosecutions of the 1950's Red Scare hysteria than they did with the Nuremberg Trials. In fact, a former Nuremberg Prosecutor attacked the illegal and criminal NATO bombing and occupation of Kosovo maintaining that the US and NATO were corrupting and perverting international justice. Slobodan Milosevic, as the leader of a sovereign and independent nation, had the moral and legal right and authority to defend the territorial integrity and the UN recognized borders of his country from Albanian Muslim secessionists and separatists who sought to revive a Greater Albania, an ethnically pure Albanian Muslim statelet. The US State Department had even categorized the Albanian Muslim separatists as "terrorists" in 1998.

John Laughland effectively and thoroughly analyzes how this NATO and US show trial was a political trial that violated international law and the UN Charter. The goal was NATO and US expansion into Southeastern Europe. The way to achieve it was by creating a sham and bogus "genocide" propaganda paradigm that was repeated and replicated from the Bosnian civil war. There was no genocide and there were no atrocities. Kosovo was about Albanian Muslim separatism and the illegal and criminal creation of a ethnically pure Greater Albania.
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