May 16, 2014 will mark the 2nd anniversary of General Ratko Mladić’s ongoing trial to be followed by the 3rd anniversary of his arrest and transfer to The Hague on June 3, 2014.
The true hallmarks of justice are a fair and speedy trial before an impartial judge by a jury of one’s peers. Well you ain’t going to get that in The Hague.
At the end of World War II the Allies settled scores and meted out justice. They did so “without undue delay”. The Nuremberg Trials took less than 1 year [November, 1945-October, 1946]. An additional set of war crimes trials, 12 to be exact [“The High Command Trial”, “The Krupp Trial”, “The IG Farben Trial”, “The Einsatzgruppen Trial” etc.] took less than 3 years ending in April, 1949.
By comparison the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the ICTY, established on May 25, 1993 by Security Council Resolution 827 will mark its 21st year on this month. The ICTY has only judges, some of dubious impartiality, and it surely ain’t got no juries.
Mladić was arrested and the media made him the world’s Monster