"According to Insajder's information, the 'Scorpions' were transferred to Bosnia at the beginning of the summer of 1995 by order of Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović. The goal of transferring the unit was to create the impression that something was being prepared near Sarajevo, so that Bosnian forces would move away from their positions around Srebrenica. This was agreed at a meeting in Dalj between Stanišić, Goran Hadžić, and Milan Milovanović Mrgud, who was one of the originators of the 'Scorpions.' However, the indictment by the special prosecutor for war crimes only includes those individuals who were seen on the video recording [of the execution of prisoners in 1995]. The people who ordered the crime to committed are not included."Taking this sort of information into account would be a major step for the special prosecutor, which already had a major success in December with the conviction of some of the perpetrators of the Ovčara massacre. At the time prosecutors promised that the conviction of perpetrators was the beginning of their work on war crimes cases, not the end. How far a domestic prosecutor can carry an investigation is a good sign of how well domestic courts will be able to do the work that ICTY has not done.
Chain of command
ICTY has already changed its indictment against Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović -- Srebrenica is in, and Ovčara is out. Now there may be pressure for Serbia's prosecutor for war crimes to change its indictments against the "Scorpions." Insajder is promising the details in tomorrow's broadcast, but here is a tidbit from today's announcement of what will come tomorrow: