Expert witness found dead in Mladic’s war crimes case

Dusan Dunjic, key witness in Hague Tribunal against former commander of Army of Serbian Republic General Ratko Mladic, found dead in hotel room

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Ratko Mladic is charged with war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTJ) announced that a pathology expert found dead in his hotel room who was supposed to be witness on Thursday of the case of genocide and war crimes against the former commander of the Army of Serbian Republic General Ratko Mladic, before the Hague Tribunal.

Serbian forensic pathologist Dusan Dunjic was “found dead at his hotel by a hotel staff member and a representative of the tribunal” said ICTJ in a statement.

“Emergency services were immediately notified and ascertained Mr Dunjic’s death.”

Dutch authorities immediately conducted an investigation into his death.

A spokesman for the Dutch police Cor Spruijt said without giving further details “we have no reason to suspect that a crime had been committed.”

65-year-old Dunjic, witnessed in several cases before the international court for Radovan Karadzic, Milan Milutinovic, as well as Vlastimir Djordjevic and Ramush Haradinaj.

Dunjic was in the Hague to give evidence in the case against Mladic who is facing 11 charges of genocide war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the Bosnian war between 1992-95.

Interrupted trial because of ‘unforeseen circumstances'

Mladic's trial at the Hague Tribunal on Thursday was interrupted during the testimony of Dragan Kijac, and when it resumed, Mladic was not in the courtroom.

Mladic’s case has been closed to the public.

After administrative consultation ICTJ Judge Orie rescheduled the next session on October 26.

TRTWorld and agencies