:: Friday, July 11, 2003 ::
You have to give Chirac credit for consistency. He has backed every brutal, oppresive regime that he can find. This article in the Telegraph lends weight to that argument.
President Jacques Chirac negotiated a secret deal to protect Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of Europe's worst atrocities since the Second World War, according to evidence submitted to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
M Chirac allegedly agreed to sabotage the extradition of Gen Mladic to face genocide charges for his role in the planned extermination of Bosnian Muslims, including the massacre of 7,000 men and boys in the UN safe haven of Srebrenica in July 1995.
The article continues:
The claim, dismissed as "hearsay" by Paris, was contained in the transcripts of a telephone conversation between the former Yugoslav president, Zoran Lilic, and the head of the Yugoslav armed forces in Belgrade.
They described Mr Lilic explaining in December 1995 that Gen Mladic would be safe from extradition after the Dayton Accords that ended the Bosnian conflict, even though he had already been indicted for war crimes.
"He will not be delivered to anyone from the tribunal. He has got the guarantee by Chirac and Slobodan [Milosevic]," said the transcript. "Accordingly, he has to deliver these men to us, if he wants to, or he should come with us and place the men at the place of his choice."
Scott has a fabulous take on this over at Scrappleface.com
:: Mark 10:46 AM [+] ::