Gotovina/Markac Appeal Verdict: Some personal reflections

Brian Gallagher – London

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Hrvatski Vjesnik (Australia) 21 November 2012

The Gotovina/Markac Appeal Verdict: Some personal reflections

By Brian Gallagher

Well, that was a historic day. Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac cleared of all charges at the ICTY. And, because the Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE) theory was quashed, Croatia itself is has effectively been cleared. I had the privilege of being in the courtroom in the ICTY for the result.

I had arrived at The Hague the previously evening. It was certainly colder there than in  London. I had no idea what the verdict would be.  Perhaps the most realistic scenario was some lesser sentence that might see the generals released and the JCE theory disposed of.

Arriving at the court in the morning, it was my impression that there were perhaps less international media around than for the original judgement, which I had also attended. Indeed, my own decision to get…

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  1. Brian, thank you for your support of the truth especially in face of all the propaganda and pressure to equalize guilt. Your support and courage are much appreciated by all Croatians and indeed all freedom and justice loving peoples. All the best to you.


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