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TELEGRAPH Role of Dragan Vasiljkovic in Croatia

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  • sibercor2000
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?menuId=1588&menuItemId=-1&view=DISPLAYCONTENT&grid=A1&targetRule=0#head2 DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK) LETTERS 3 November
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2006
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      DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)

      LETTERS

      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
      it.

      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
      to "train".

      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
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