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Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic Hardcover – July 30, 2010
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The trial began in 2002 and ended with Milosevic's death in 2006. The book follows the course of the trial, first exploring the period leading up to the war and then focusing in turn on Kosova, Croatia and finally Bosnia. As documents and witnesses are presented, Armatta provides the corresponding historical context, drawing on both trial information and numerous other sources. Her recounting of the trial organizes the narrative, and also provides a riveting and insightful look at the struggles of this nascent court to contend with the masterful manipulations of Milosevic.
Armatta passionately defends the trial's importance to the victims, arguing that they deserve international recognition of their suffering, documentation of the conflicts, and are entitled to see their oppressors punished. Although this book is certainly scholarly, Armatta's background in law allows her to enhance our understanding with astute legal observations and the entire book has a compelling momentum and intrigue, especially the chapters that discuss the case for genocide and the complications of the "defense" Milosevic mismanages to his own detriment.
As a previously uninformed reader, I can recommend this book to others wanting enlightened, informed, and easily readable access to the history of this war torn area, in the context of a sometimes suspenseful and politically significant trial. Also, this book gives us a sense of both the possibilities and limitations of the Tribunal itself.
While this book may be something of a classic for international legal scholars, human rights activists, and East European history buffs, I am none of these, and found it a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to stay reasonably informed about major world events, as well as anyone who just like a grand, absorbing story.
The author seems to see the flaws in the proceedings as being that it was a trial and that attempted to follow the norms of law. She takes particular offense at the court for allowing Milosevic to mount a defense. But ultimately, rather than a problem of court procedure, she is raising questions about how these matters should be dealt with.
She doesn't seem to see these trails as being about an actual trial of an individual. Rather, the trial is about creating a legal and historical record of the crimes the individual was involved in. Guilt is established by the indictment. A defense is an unnecessary waste of time. Rules of evidence and procedure simply get in the way of the truth.
Armatta would have seemed to have favored a political show trial. Put him a cage in court, do not allow him to speak, and have the court appoint a lawyer who will decide a defense for him and speak for him on all occasions. The usual reasoning for having a lawyer represent a client in court is that the lawyer will be more effective than the defendent. But in this particular case, the opposite seemed to be true. The author was against him being his own lawyer because he was effective in the role.Read more ›