A team of attorneys, representing the Ð²Ð‚ÑšWomen of Srebrenica Association, will address Chief ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz and ask him to explain what happened to the personal belongings of Srebrenica residents killed in July 1995, that were ceded to the Hague Tribunal.
Hugh Mercer, member of the team of attorneys, said that they were trying to acquire details about the items that were destroyed in 2005 and 2006. As he explained, the personal belongings of Srebrenica residents were lent to The Hague Tribunal in order for it to use them in court processes.
“Those things belong either to those persons, mothers of Srebrenica or the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (…) Those objects are part of the Bosnia”s sad heritage, said Mercer, adding that he was shocked when he heard that about 1,000 pieces of personal belongings had been destroyed.
Mercer explained that the investigation about the destruction of personal belongings of Srebrenica residents, which were not used in court processes, had been initiated on the basis of media reports. Attorney Mercer pointed out that Brammertz neither confirmed nor denied if those things had been destroyed.
As mentioned by members of the team of attorneys, The Hague Tribunal Registrar informed them that no objects that were used in court processes had been destroyed, but they have no idea what happened with the personal belongings that were not used.
Mercer says that the mothers of Srebrenica hope that the things lent to The Hague Tribunal, which have not been destroyed, will be returned or preserved as Ð²Ð‚Ñša warning to the future generations about the things that happenedÐ²Ð‚Ñœ.
Damir Alic, member of the team of attorneys, says that 99 percent of the personal belongings of Srebrenica residents, which were not used at trials held before the ICTY, have been destroyed.
Ð²Ð‚ÑšWe do not want to make any speculations until we have received a written response saying what has or has not been thrown away. We shall therefore address Brammertz in order to clarify the situation,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ Alic said, adding that data about this issue are kept at The Hague Tribunal.
Mercer further says that, at this stage of the investigation it is too early to speak about first and last names of the persons who are responsible for the destruction of those things or the court that will be competent for the case if a suit is filed.
The team of attorneys who represent the “Women of Srebrenica” Association free of charge comprises of Mercer, Alic and attorney Jessica Wells.