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Slobodan Milosevic exonerated by International Tribunal, media is silent

Updated: May 28

The last communist leader of Yugoslavia was compared to Hitler as his country was sanctioned, torn apart and thousands killed by the U.S. and NATO.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague failed to hold a press conference or announce that on March 24, 2016 it deemed that the late Yugoslav and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for the major war crimes he was charged of during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Instead, the tribunal conveniently buried it in the middle of its verdict against Radovan Karadzic.

The former Bosnian-Serb president was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 40 years in prison at the same time as the tribunal found unanimously that it “is not satisfied that there was sufficient evidence presented in this case to find that Slobodan Milosevic agreed with the common plan” of the "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims and Croats from Serbian territory.

In fact, the tribunal found the exact opposite to be true.

Much like the Western media hype around the “weapons of mass destruction” lies that led to the U.S. war against Iraq in 2003, Milosevic was called the “Butcher of the Balkans” in the “trial of the century” and was charged with “war crimes” in the midst of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

Arrested in March 2001, Milosevic faced a five-year-long trial, defending himself and poised to win his case, when he died in prison on March 11, 2006, amid rumors that he was poisoned.

The ruling stated that in meetings between Serb and Bosnian Serb officials “Slobodan Milosevic stated that ‘(a)ll members of other nations and ethnicities must be protected’ and that ‘(t)he national interest of the Serbs is not discrimination’.” It also stated that “Milosevic further declared that crime needed to be fought decisively.”

The trial chamber noted that “Milosevic tried to reason with the Bosnian Serbs saying that he understood their concerns, but that it was most important to end the war.”

The judgement also stated that “Slobodan Milosevic expressed his reservations about how a Bosnian Serb Assembly could exclude the Muslims who were ‘for Yugoslavia’.”

The ICTY went on to say that “from 1990 and into mid-1991, the political objective of the Accused (Karadzic) and the Bosnian Serb leadership was to preserve Yugoslavia and to prevent the separation or independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would result in a separation of Bosnian Serbs from Serbia”

It was only because of the research of journalist Andy Wilcoxson, who uncovered the ICTY’s ruling in late July, that the exoneration came to light—but it has yet to make international headlines.

The last communist leader of Yugoslavia was demonized and compared to Hitler incessantly by the mainstream media as an excuse for NATO and the U.S. to sanction, tear apart and kill thousands in the former Yugoslavia.

This latest revelation comes 10 years after Milosevic’s death.

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