TELEGRAPH Role of Dragan Vasiljkovic in Croatia
DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)
3 November 2006
Role of Dragan Vasiljkovic in Croatia
Sir - The letter from Lt Col Ewen Southby-Tailyour (October 30) about Dragan
Vasiljkovic is both bizarre and revealing. Croatia is seeking the
extradition of Vasiljkovic on suspicion of serious crimes, including the
murder and torture of soldiers and civilians, systematic arson and plunder.
These crimes occurred during the occupation by rebel Serbs of
internationally recognised Croatian territory.
When that territory was finally re-taken in 1995, it had itself been
partially cleansed of Croats, whose property had been destroyed, looted or
seized. The later departure of most of the ethnically Serb population, about
100,000, was not the work of Croatia, but of the Serb leaders who ordered
This is publicly documented and has been confirmed by key witnesses at the
trial of Slobodan Milosevic. The displaced population was funnelled into
parts of Bosnia and Kosovo that the authorities in Belgrade intended should
form part of Greater Serbia.
Your correspondent says that Vasiljkovic was "training Italian troops for
the day that Italy took back from Croatia that part of Dalmatia lost to the
Germans at the end of the Second World War". In truth, Italy lost in 1945 to
Yugoslavia (not "Croatia") only what it had seized previously. And at the
time of Vasiljkovic's activities, there were no Italian troops in the area
Your correspondent also says that Vasiljkovic witnessed "the wearing of the
swastika by some Croat soldiers". Croatians soldiers have never worn
swastikas, and did not do so, even under the Second World War puppet fascist
state. If Vasiljkovic told such stuff to your correspondent, he reveals
himself as mad as well as bad, which may perhaps be a source of mitigation
if he ever comes to trial.
Robin Harris, London SW11