Retired VJ general returns from Hague Tribunal

Retired Yugoslav Army (VJ) General Dragoljub Ojdanić on Thursday arrived in Belgrade from the Hague Tribunal.

Source: Tanjug

Ojdanić, who was found guilty of war crimes by the court but was released early, told reporters that he did not commit a war crime, that his conscience was clear and that he can sleep peacefully.

Ojdanić was welcomed by his family and friends when he told reporters at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport that he is disappointed in the international law and justice.

He noted that crimes were committed on all sides during the 1999 conflicts in Kosovo and Metohija, adding that he always supported punishments for criminals.

Ojdanić noted that he is "proud he lived up to the oath he had given to the people and homeland at the moment of (the 1999) barbarian aggression by 16 most powerful countries of the NATO headed by the U.S."

He said that he closely followed the Geneva Convention, provisions of the international war and humanitarian law and the rules and traditions of war.

Ojdanić noted that during the conflicts, crimes were committed on all sides but only the government, military and police top officials heading the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia were tried.

Ojdanić spent two thirds of the 15 years of prison in the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for the responsibility for war crimes committed in Kosovo and Metohija.

In February 2009, ICTY adopted the first-degree ruling in Ojdanić's case and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for assisting and supporting forceful displacement, deportation, murders and banishment of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo in 1999.

Ojdanić surrendered himself to the ICTY in spring 2002.


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