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Ante Gotovina
Ante Gotovina

Ante Gotovina (born October 12, 1955, Island of Pašman, Yugoslavia, now Croatia) is a former lieutenant general (general pukovnik) of the Croatian Army who served in the 1991-1995 war in Croatia. He was indicted in 2001 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The indictment accuses him of sanctioning war crimes under his command in 1995 during Operation Storm at the end of the Croatian War. After spending four years in hiding, he was captured in Tenerife on December 7, 2005. Image File history File linksMetadata Gotovina_in_Hague. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Gotovina_in_Hague. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... View of PaÅ¡man and Ugljan from the highest point of PaÅ¡man PaÅ¡man is an Adriatic Sea island off the coast of Croatia, located to the south of Zadar, surrounded by the islands Ugljan, Iž, Dugi otok and Kornati. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Croatian Ground Army (Croatian: Hrvatska kopnena vojska), commonly referred as Croatian Army (Hrvatska vojska) is a branch of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia. ... In the common law legal system, an indictment is a formal charge of having committed a serious criminal offense. ... The Tribunal building in The Hague. ... In the context of war, a war crime is a punishable offense under International Law, for violations of the laws of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... Combatants Croatia (HV) Bosnia and Herzegovina (ABiH) Republic of Serbian Krajina (VSK) Republika Srpska (VRS) Commanders Zvonimir ÄŒervenko (HV) Atif Dudakovic (ABiH) Mile MrkÅ¡ić (VSK) Strength 150,000 soldiers, 350 tanks, 400 artillery pieces, 50 rocket launchers, 50 aircraft and helicopters 40,000 soldiers, 150 tanks, 350 artillery pieces... nos is the time for all good men to come to the aid of thier country ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Gotovina is married to Croatian Army colonel Dunja Zloić with whom he has a son Ante, born in 1997. Before his second marriage, he also had a romantic relationship with Croatian Radiotelevision reporter Vesna Karuza, with whom he had a daughter Ana, born in 1994. Gotovina also has another daughter from his first marriage with Colombian journalist Ximena before the war. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Croatian Radiotelevision or Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) is the Croatian public broadcasting company. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...

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French Foreign Legion and after

Gotovina was born in Island of Pašman, the son of a fisherman. He moved to Pakoštane near Zadar, on the Dalmatian coast of southern Croatia, later in his life. At the age of sixteen he left home to become a sailor. In 1973, before turning eighteen, he joined the French Foreign Legion under the pseudonym of Ivan Grabovac and became a member of the 2nd Foreign Paratroop Regiment (Deuxième Régiment Etranger Parachutiste or 2° REP) after qualifying at the Training School in Pau before joining the elite Commandos de Recherche et d'Action en Profondeur (CRAP). It was there he met Dominique Erulin, brother of Colonel Philippe Erulin, known for his "interrogation activities" during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62). He participated in Foreign Legion operations in Djibouti, Kolwezi in Zaire and the Ivory Coast, becoming Colonel Erulin's driver. After five years of service, he left the Legion with the rank of caporal-chef; he obtained French citizenship in 1979. View of PaÅ¡man and Ugljan from the highest point of PaÅ¡man PaÅ¡man is an Adriatic Sea island off the coast of Croatia, located to the south of Zadar, surrounded by the islands Ugljan, Iž, Dugi otok and Kornati. ... A fisherman in central Chile A Long Island fisherman cleans his nets A fisherman (in recent years sometimes called a fisher to be non-gender specific), is a person who engages in the activity of fishing. ... PakoÅ¡tane on the map of Croatia PakoÅ¡tane is a municipality in Croatia in the Zadar county. ... For other uses, see Zadar (disambiguation). ... Dalmatia, highlighted, on a map of Croatia. ... “Legionnaire” redirects here. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... Aquitaine Region flag Coat of arms The location of Pau is shown on this map of the historical and cultural area of Gascony. ... Combatants FLN (1954-62) MNA (1954-62) France (1954-62) FAF (1960-61) OAS (1961-62) Commanders Mostefa Benboulaïd Ferhat Abbas Hocine Aït Ahmed Ahmed Ben Bella Krim Belkacem Larbi Ben MHidi Rabah Bitat Mohamed Boudiaf Messali Hadj General Jacques Massu General Maurice Challe Bachaga Said Boualam... Kolwezi is a city in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of Likasi in the province of Katanga. ... Côte dIvoire (often called Ivory Coast in English; see below about the name) is a country in West Africa. ... The ranks in the French Army : // The title of Maréchal de France is awarded as a distinction, rather than a rank. ...


He subsequently worked for a variety of French private security companies during the 1980s, among them KO International Company, a filial of VHP Security, known as a cover for the Service d'Action Civique (SAC), specialists of shady actions for the gaullist movement. KO International Company was also charged at this time of far-right Front National's leader Jean-Marie Le Pen's security [1][2]. In 1981, with his comrade Dominique Erulin, he helped editor Jean-Pierre Mouchard, a close friend of Jean-Marie Le Pen, organizing a commando to free his press in La Seyne sur Mer, occupied by CGT trade-union strikers [1][2]. Created in 1959 by Jacques Foccart, French President de Gaulles spindoctor for African matters, and Charles Pasqua, part of the Gaullist movement, the SAC (Service dAction Civique) had as first aim to counter the terrorist actions of the OAS during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62). ... Gaullism is a French political ideology based on the thought and action of Charles de Gaulle. ... Front National can mean: Front National, a right-wing French political party. ... Jean-Marie Le Pen Jean-Marie Le Pen (born June 20, 1928, La Trinité-sur-Mer France) is a French far-right nationalist politician, founder and president of the Front National (National Front) party, and a candidate for the French presidency. ... The Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT or General Confederation of Work) is one of the five major French confederations of trade unions. ...


According to French police records, he became involved in criminal activities, which led to arrest warrants being issued for robbery and extortion; it has been reported that he served at least one two-year prison sentence, though this has been denied by his attorneys [3] Towards the end of the decade he moved to South America, where he provided training to a number of right-wing paramilitary organizations, notably in Argentina and Guatemala. He met his future wife, Ximena, in Colombia. Extortion is a criminal offense, which occurs when a person either obtains money, property or services from another through coercion or intimidation or threatens one with physical harm unless they are paid money or property. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... A paramilitary organization is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion. ...


Arrested during a travel to France, he was sentenced in 1986 to five years of prison by Paris' Cour d'assise.[4] He was freed the next year, "in circumstances showing that he was beneficing from very particular protections" [1]. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The French Cour dAssises (Assize Court) is the court charged to judge people accused of felonies (crimes as known by French law), and one of the only to be composed of a popular jury. ...


Gotovina's return to Croatia

Ante Gotovina as a lieutenant general (general pukovnik) of the Croatian Army
Ante Gotovina as a lieutenant general (general pukovnik) of the Croatian Army

In 1991, Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia. The Serbian government, led by its President Slobodan Milošević then launched various paramilitary militias to take control of various parts of Croatia, eventually followed by a conventional military assault from the Yugoslav National Army which had come under the de facto control of the Serbian President. The new Croatian army, formed in haste, managed to stop the advance of Belgrade's troops, and Croatia was internationally recognised on 15 January 1992. The Belgrade army then withdrew but left the third of Croatia it had conquered under the control of local Serbs, whom they had used as proxies to wage their war of conquest. Half of the Croatian Serbs who, according to the 1991 census, represented 12.16 percent of the country's population, lived there, mostly concentrated in Northern Dalmatia, the Lika, the Banija, the Kordun along the Bosnian border, Western Slavonia around Pakrac and in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia near the border with Serbia. The rebels had first formed "Autonomous Serb Districts" (Српске аутономне области, Srpske autonomne oblasti or SAOs) which merged into a self-proclaimed "Republic of the Serb Krajina" (Република Српске Крајине, Republika Srpske Krajine or RSK) in 1991. Image File history File links Ante_Gotovina. ... Image File history File links Ante_Gotovina. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Croatian Ground Army (Croatian: Hrvatska kopnena vojska), commonly referred as Croatian Army (Hrvatska vojska) is a branch of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... “MiloÅ¡ević” redirects here. ... The Yugoslav Peoples Army (Jugoslavenska/Jugoslovenska narodna armija, JNA, Slovene Jugoslovanska ljudska armada, JLA) was the army of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia prior to its dissolution. ... Dalmatia, highlighted, on a map of Croatia. ... Lika is a mountainous region in central Croatia, roughly bound by the Velebit mountain from the southwest and the PljeÅ¡evica mountain from the northeast. ... Banovina can refer to: a region in central Croatia: Banovina (region) an internal division of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1929-1941 any territory ruled by a ban (also, Banate or Banat) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Kordun region is a part of central Croatia at the bottom of the Petrova gora mountain range, which extends along the river Korana and forms part of the border region to Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Coat of arms Slavonia (Croatian: Slavonija) is a geographical and historical region in eastern Croatia. ... Coat of arms Pakrac is a town in Slavonia, Croatia. ... Eastern Slavonia is the eastern area of Slavonia, northern Croatia. ... Baranya (Hungarian, in Croatian and Serbian: Baranja) is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in present Hungary, and also in the former Kingdom of Hungary. ... Map of the Syrmia region Syrmia (Serbian: Srem (Cyrillic: Срем), Croatian: Srijem) is a fertile region of the Pannonian plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. ... Anthem Serbia() on the European continent() Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian language 1 Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Rusyn 2 Albanian 3 Government Semi-presidential republic  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment  -  Formation 8th century   -  First unified state c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Gotovina returned to Croatia in June 1991 and enlisted in the Croatian National Guard (ZNG), the first organized military body of what would become the Croatian Army. He was an efficient commander and had the advantage – shared by relatively few other Croatian soldiers – of combat experience. He fought in western Slavonia: in Novska and Nova Gradiška. He soon caught the attention of his superiors. When the Croatian Army was established as such in 1992, Gotovina was promoted to brigadir, a former rank of Senior Officer above that of Colonel, now abolished to meet NATO standards, in the Croatian Army. As a brigadir he was, along with Janko Bobetko and Anto Roso one of the main organizers of Operation Maslenica, which restored Croatia's territorial continuity in Dalmatia. By 1994 he had risen to the rank of major-general and, as a general-pukovnik and commanding officer of the Split military district he organized key military operations : the defense of Livno and Tomislavgrad from the troops of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladić, and the ten-month war of attrition which broke the Serb defenses in the Plain of Livno, the Dinara Ridge and the Šator mountain. He led the conquest of Glamoč and Bosansko Grahovo (Operation Summer '95), which enabled him to close from the east the encirclement of Knin, the "capital" of the self-proclaimed "Republic of the Serb Krajina" (RSK). This ensured the conditions for the rapid success of Operation Oluja ("Storm") of August 4-6 1995, in the course of which forces under his command captured Knin, which the Croats called the "Royal City of Croatia" since it had been the capital of the Croatian Kingdom in the middle ages. Gotovina was then immediately put in charge of the combined forces of the Croatian Army (Hrvatska Vojska or HV) and the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia (Hrvatsko Vijeće Obrane or HVO ) in Operation Mistral, which defeated the army of the Bosnian Serbs and led the Croatian army, together with the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina, within 23 kilometres of Banja Luka and was only stopped under American pressure. That is why he has been lionized as a hero by many Croats. The Croatian National Guard (Croatian: Zbor Narodne Garde, ZNG) was the name of the first modern Croatian military force. ... Coat of arms Slavonia (Croatian: Slavonija) is a geographical and historical region in eastern Croatia. ... The Republic of Croatia is a crescent-shaped country in Europe bordering the Mediterranean, Central Europe and the Balkans. ... Nova GradiÅ¡ka is a scenic city located in the Brod-Posavina county of Croatia, population 15,833 (2001). ... 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General Ratko Mladić during UN-mediated talks at Sarajevo airport in 1993. ... Dinara is one of the more prominent mountains located on the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Glamoč Glamoč is a town and municipality of the same name in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Bosansko Grahovo is a town and municipality in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Combatants Croatia (HV, HVO) Republika Srpska (VRS) Commanders General Ante Gotovina (HV) Strength Two HV Guard Brigades (4th Motorized, 7th Mechanized) Two HVO Guard Brigades (1st, 3rd Motorized) Other units Units of the 2nd Krajina Corps of the VRS (3 motorized brigades, 5 infantry brigades, 5 light brigades and support... Knin Knin is a historical town in the Å ibenik-Knin county of Croatia, located near the source of the river Krka at , in the Dalmatian hinterland, on the railroad Zagreb–Split. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Combatants Croatia (HV) Bosnia and Herzegovina (ABiH) Republic of Serbian Krajina (VSK) Republika Srpska (VRS) Commanders Zvonimir ÄŒervenko (HV) Atif Dudakovic (ABiH) Mile MrkÅ¡ić (VSK) Strength 150,000 soldiers, 350 tanks, 400 artillery pieces, 50 rocket launchers, 50 aircraft and helicopters 40,000 soldiers, 150 tanks, 350 artillery pieces... Knin Knin is a historical town in the Å ibenik-Knin county of Croatia, located near the source of the river Krka at , in the Dalmatian hinterland, on the railroad Zagreb–Split. ... Combatants Croatia (HV, HVO) Republika Srpska (VRS) Commanders General Ante Gotovina (HV) Strength Two HV Guard Brigades (4th Motorized, 7th Mechanized) Two HVO Guard Brigades (1st, 3rd Motorized) Other units Units of the 2nd Krajina Corps of the VRS (3 motorized brigades, 5 infantry brigades, 5 light brigades and support... Crest of Army of The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The following year, he became the chief of the Army Inspectorate, but was dismissed from active service in 2000, after accusations by the Croatian newspaper Nacional that he was plotting a military coup. The newspaper's chief reporter, Ivo Pukanić, also accused Army Inspectorate officials of supplying arms to foreign terrorist groups such as the Provisional IRA and ETA. The accusations remain unproved, and the Croatian government never charged him. // A coup dÉtat (pronounced ), or simply coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, often through illegal means by a part of the state establishment — mostly replacing just the high-level figures. ... ... The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) is a paramilitary group which aimed, through the use of violence, to achieve three goals: (i) British withdrawal from Ireland, (ii) the political unification of Ireland through the merger of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland , and (iii) the creation of an all... or ETA (Basque for Basque Homeland and Freedom; IPA pronunciation: [) is a paramilitary Basque nationalist organization. ...


War crimes controversy

In July 2001, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued sealed indictments to the Croatian government seeking the arrest of Ante Gotovina and Rahim Ademi for war crimes. According to one indictment, Gotovina had both personal responsibility and command responsibility for crimes allegedly carried out against Croatian Serbs. He was indicted for crimes against humanity and violations of laws and customs of war said to have been committed by his troops. During Operation Storm, an estimated 200,000-250,000 Serbs [5]were expelled from the Krajina region, and at least 150 were said to have been murdered. The indictment charges Gotovina's troops with shooting, arson and stabbing Serb civilians to death and with destroying countless buildings in an effort to make it impossible for the Krajina's Serb inhabitants to return home. The Tribunal building in The Hague. ... Rahim Ademi (born January 30, 1954) is Croatian Army general of Kosovo-Albanian origin. ... In the context of war, a war crime is a punishable offense under International Law, for violations of the laws of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... Peace Palace in The Hague Command responsibility, sometimes referred to as the Yamashita standard, or the Medina standard is the doctrine of hierarchical accountability in cases of war crimes. ... This article is in need of attention. ...


The indictments were immediately controversial – four government ministers resigned in protest against the government's decision to cooperate with the ICTY [1] –, and they attracted strong support from the Croatian public. Prominent figures, such as the tennis star Goran Ivanišević, joined the campaign to prevent the two men from being extradited. Although Ademi decided to surrender voluntarily to the tribunal, Gotovina rejected its legitimacy and went into hiding. The title of this article contains the following characters: Å  and Ć. Where they are unavailable or not desired, the name may be given as Goran Ivanisevic. ...


For the next four years, Gotovina remained at large despite intense pressure from the United States and the European Union for his surrender. Rumors abounded as to his whereabouts. In September 2005, the BBC reported he was hiding out in a Franciscan monastery in Croatia or Bosnian Croat territory. It was widely speculated that he was being assisted by elements in the Croatian government and military, and even by the Roman Catholic Church. In the same month ICTY's chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte publicly accused the Vatican of protecting Gotovina, though the Church denied this. [6] The Order of Friars Minor and other Franciscan movements are disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Roman Catholic Church... Procureur (Prosecutor) of the ICTY Carla del Ponte Carla Del Ponte (born February 9, 1947 in Lugano, Switzerland) is currently a Chief UN War Crimes Prosecutor. ...


Foreign countries sought to track down Gotovina, and an Interpol warrant was issued for his arrest. The United States announced a $5 million (€4.2 million) reward for his capture. It was reported that the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) had sought to find Gotovina but that it had been thwarted after its intelligence officers were exposed in the Croatian media, allegedly at the behest of Gotovina's allies in one of Croatia' many intelligence services, the POA (Protivobaveštajna agencija or "Counter-Intelligence Agency") [7] The resulting scandal led to the sacking and replacement of POA head Franjo Turek. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, is the United Kingdoms external intelligence agency. ...


The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and some Scandinavian states made the surrender of Gotovina a precondition for Croatia's accession to the European Union. This stance was criticised by the Croatian government, which claimed that it did not know where Gotovina was, that he was probably outside the country and that it was doing all it could to bring him to justice. Accession negotiations with the EU, scheduled to start on March 17, 2005, were postponed pending a resolution of the issue. Croatia's bid for accession was finally accepted in October 2005 as part of a deal with Austria, which gained Croatia's admission in exchange for dropping its opposition to Turkey's candidacy. [8]. The ICTY announced at the same time that Croatia was then "cooperating fully" with the tribunal, but did not provide further details. is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Public attitudes towards Gotovina

Pro-Gotovina posters in Croatia
Pro-Gotovina posters in Croatia
Pro-Gotovina Croatians demonstrating their support for him
Pro-Gotovina Croatians demonstrating their support for him
Anti-Gotovina sentiment: Poster of Ante Gotovina with Hitler's mustache, Zagreb, June 2006

Within Croatia, attitudes towards Gotovina remain divided. Many Croatians continue to regard Gotovina as a war hero and reject the assertion that crimes were committed during the country's war of independence. But others say that Croatia's prospects depend far more on the country's accession to the EU than on the fate of one man, and General Ademi's voluntary surrender to the ICTY raised the question of why Gotovina did not follow suit. Hardline nationalist elements in Croatia have used opposition to the ICTY as a means of drumming up political support. Which is good because the ICTY is full of Jewish propaganda, that wanna tarnish Croatia's name. Listen to Kletva Kralja Zvonimira its all true i swear it is! Image File history File links Gotovina_posteri. ... Image File history File links Gotovina_posteri. ... Image File history File links Kissing_Gotovina. ... Image File history File links Kissing_Gotovina. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2000 × 3000 pixel, file size: 709 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2000 × 3000 pixel, file size: 709 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


During his flight, Gotovina became a prominent icon of Croatian popular culture. Marko Perković (performing under his stage name "Thompson") and Miroslav Škoro, two popular Croatian musicians known for their right-wing views, which are corect recorded songs with lyrics implicitly praising the general and his flight. Both songs became huge hits, especially among younger fans thankk God. Marko Perković (English transliteration: Marko Perkovich, born 27 October 1966 in ÄŒavoglave) is a Croatian singer and songwriter. ... Thompson is a Croatian rock band. ... Miroslav Å koro (English transliteration: Miroslav Shkoro, born 29 July 1962 in Osijek) is a Croatian musician. ...


In 2001 the Croatian writer Nenad Ivanković wrote a book Ratnik - pustolov i general (jedna biografija) (Warrior - adventurer and general (a biography)), a biography of Ante Gotovina. The Croatian filmmaker Dejan Šorak wrote and directed Dva igrača s klupe, a black comedy released in 2005 whose plot is inspired by the events surrounding the ICTY indictment against Ante Gotovina. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Gotovina owes his popularity in his homeland to a number of factors. Most obvious, the former general is regarded by many as a war hero. His flight fits the ancient stereotype of an outlaw - a person who defies distant and tyrannical authorities, this time embodied in The Hague, Brussels and other Western capitals whose governments demanded his arrest. This kind of outlaw-celebrating culture is especially strong in Dinaric regions like Dalmatian hinterland and neighbouring Croat-inhabited Western Herzegovina and, in general, in all of the Balkans [9]. Which is obvious because the people know the truth and they dont like being shitted against patricularly by their serb-loving traiterous mesic. Other Croats, regardless of their regional background, political persuasion or even attitude to wartime atrocities, praised Gotovina's flight as an act of defiance towards the Croatian political establishment. Herzegovina (natively Hercegovina/Херцеговина) is a historical region in the Dinaric Alps that composes the southern part of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After Gotovina's arrest in Spain, several rallies and protests took place in Croatian cities. On December 11, 2005 (first Sunday after arrest) a rally organised by war veterans attracted between 40,000 (Reuters estimate) and 70,000 (Croatian media estimate) Croatians in the city of Split to protest against the arrest, which is significantly smaller number than 2001 Split protest, when 100,000 people gathered in Split in support of General Mirko Norac. Several retired generals attended the rally and expressed their support for Gotovina. On the same day, rallies were held in several other cities in Croatia, but with smaller attendance (in Zagreb some 500 people gathered). [10] December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Reuters Group plc (LSE: RTR and NASDAQ: RTRSY); pron. ... For other uses, see Split (disambiguation). ... Mirko Norac as duke of Sinjska alka Mirko Norac (born September 19, 1967 in Otok, municipality of Sinj, Croatia) is former general of Croatian Army and a convicted war criminal. ... Mirko Norac as duke of Sinjska alka Mirko Norac (born September 19, 1967 in Otok, municipality of Sinj, Croatia) is former general of Croatian Army and a convicted war criminal. ... Zagreb (pronounced ) is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. ...


According to an opinion poll published by the newspaper Jutarnji list on December 11, 60% of those surveyed believed that Gotovina was not guilty of the criminal acts with which he had been charged, 17% believed that he was mostly not responsible, and only one respondent believed that he was completely responsible. 53.4% said that the arrest was bad for Croatia, while only 23.3% said that it was good for the country. 44.6% believed that Gotovina's capture would make it easier for Croatia to join the European Union, though 36.2% believed it would not.


Capture and extradition

On December 7, 2005, Gotovina was captured by Spanish police and special forces in the resort of Playa de las Americas on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. He was said to have been traveling on a fake Croatian passport in an assumed name, Kristijan Horvat. His passport contained border stamps of several countries, including Argentina, Chile, Russia, China, Czech Republic and Tahiti. A sum of money amounting to 12,000 was discovered in his room. He was immediately flown to Madrid, where he was imprisoned in advance of a court hearing to extradite him to the ICTY prison at The Hague. Spanish police were later reported to have been tracking him for several days, apparently following a lead supplied by the Croatian intelligence service. The involvement of Croatian authorities has been backed up by the Carla's List documentary, a part of which is available on Youtube [2] December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Arona borough is located on the southern part of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “EUR” redirects here. ... Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... Coordinates: Country Netherlands Province South Holland Area (2006)  - Municipality 98. ...


On December 10, 2005, Gotovina was flown to The Hague, where he appeared before the ICTY on December 12. He pleaded not guilty to the seven charges brought against him, which were: December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ...

  • Persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, deportation and other inhumane acts (forced displacement) - three counts of crimes against humanity
  • Other inhumane acts - one count of a crime against humanity
  • Murder - one count of a violation of the laws or customs of war
  • Plunder of public or private property and wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages - two counts of violations of the laws or customs of war.

According to his lawyer, Gotovina has declared that he is "not the man described in each and every count." [3] The Croatian media have reported that the Croatian government is to contribute to Gotovina's defence fund and that it has also unfrozen the former general's financial assets. This article is in need of attention. ... The two parts of the laws of war (or Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC)): Law concerning acceptable practices while engaged in war, like the Geneva Conventions, is called jus in bello; while law concerning allowable justifications for armed force is called jus ad bellum. ...


Following the death of Slobodan Milošević (who was imprisoned in ICTY prison cell just next to that of Gotovina), Ante Gotovina signed a condolence note to his family (together with Mladen Naletilić Tuta, Paško Ljubičić, Ivica Rajić and other Croat and Serb detainees, making the list 34 signatures long). This condolence note was published in Belgrade's Politika and Večernje novosti newspapers. The condolence note sparked great controversy in Croatia as Croatian president Stjepan Mesić heavily criticised Serbian president Boris Tadić for sending condolences to the Milošević family.[4][5] “MiloÅ¡ević” redirects here. ... Ivica Rajić (born 5 May 1958 in the village of Jehovac, Yugoslavia) was a commander in the HVO. He was responsible for the massacre in Stupni Do where at least 37 people, including women and children, were killed by Croat forces. ... Location of Belgrade within Serbia Coordinates: Country Serbia District City of Belgrade Municipalities 17 Government  - Mayor Nenad Bogdanović (DS) (since 2004)  - Ruling parties DS/DSS/G17+ Area  - City 3,222. ... Politika/Политика is a Serbian newspaper. ... Večernje novosti is a Belgrade-based daily. ... Stjepan Stipe Mesić (born December 24, 1934) is a Croatian politician. ... Anthem Serbia() on the European continent() Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian language 1 Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Rusyn 2 Albanian 3 Government Semi-presidential republic  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment  -  Formation 8th century   -  First unified state c. ... Boris Tadić   (Борис Тадић) (born 15 January 1958) is the President of Serbia. ...


At the end of 2006 Gotovina's case was joined with cases against Ivan Čermak and Mladen Markač as it relates to the same events (Operation Storm).[6] The trial was expected to begin in May 2007 but was postponed indefinetly due to conflicts between lawyers on the defence bench.[7]


References

  1. ^ a b c Le général croate Gotovina arrêté en Espagne, RFI, 8 December 2005 (French)
  2. ^ a b Le chauffeur de l’homme de la Question, L'Humanité, 10 December 2005 (French)
  3. ^ War Crimes Case Revives Passions in a Divided Croatia, The New York Times, December 12, 2005 (English)
  4. ^ Axis Information and Anaylsis - Ante Gotovina: Gangster, General, National Hero... War Criminal?
  5. ^ THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA (English)
  6. ^ Vatican accused of shielding 'war criminal', The Telegraph, 20 September 2005 (English)
  7. ^ MI6 spies exposed by Balkan rivals, The Telegraph, 27 September 2004 (English)
  8. ^ Country profile: Croatia, BBC (English)
  9. ^ Eric Hobsbawm, Bandits (1969, revised ed. 2000, New Press ISBN 978-1565846197)
  10. ^ Massive rally for Croatia suspect, BBC, 11 December 2005 (English)

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Ante Gotovina - Amended Indictment (3211 words)
Ante GOTOVINA was born on 12 October 1955, on the island of Pasman within the Municipality of Zadar in the Republic of Croatia, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (the "SFRY").
Ante GOTOVINA was the overall operational commander of the Croatian forces that were deployed as part of Operation Storm in the southern portion of the Krajina region, including the municipalities, in whole or in part, of Benkovac, Gracac, Knin, Obrovac, Sibenik, Sinj and Zadar.
Ante GOTOVINA is individually criminally responsible for the crimes which are referred to in Articles 3 and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal and which are alleged in this Amended Indictment pursuant to Article 7(1) of the Statute of the Tribunal.
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