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Del Ponte destroyed prosecution
13 December 2007
Outgoing Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte
destroyed the prosecution, says her former colleague Geoffrey Nice.
"A considerable number of good professionals left the
prosecutor's office because they were unable to work in an environment
where unprofessionalism, cultivated during her mandate, reigned. At
management level, only weaklings were left, carefully chosen by her, as
she saw them as lapdogs. All this of course reflected on court
proceedings," said Nice in an interview with Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz.
"If everyone was surprised by the Vukovar verdicts,
then it's worth waiting for the outcome of the Haradinaj case. All the
failings of indictment formulation during Del Ponte's mandate will come
to the surface then," said Nice, who led the prosecution in the case
against Slobodan Miloševic.
He claims that the chief prosecutor clearly abided by
the principle that it was worth pursuing charges against members of all
ethnic groups, regardless of whether there was any actual evidence.
Nice maintains that a number of other cases where the
verdict has still to be delivered will show the shortcomings of this
"Nobody knows who advised or instructed her on who to
indict, and who not to," said the chief prosecutor's former colleague.
Nice concludes that Del Ponte acted like an amateur
politician, not a lawyer, and that the problem was that there was no-one
to adequately monitor her work.
"Nobody controlled her work or conduct. Not in The
Hague, not in New York," he said, adding that a chief prosecutor should
not allow him or herself to get involved in political matters such as
pressure from EU member-states.
"And after all these cooperation games with Belgrade,
Mladic and Karadžic still aren't in the Hague, and Serbia will, despite
everything, enter the EU sooner or later," concluded Nice.
8 December 2007