Madame Prosecutor

Monday, March 02, 2009

When she was Switzerland's Attorney General, Carla Del Ponte gained international recognition for pursing the Sicilian mafia. In the late 1990’s she was asked to be chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. Chuck Sudetic chronicles Del Ponte’s work in the book Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity.

Event: Chuck Sudetic will be discussing his book
Thursday, March 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Open Society Institute's website.


Chuck Sudetic

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Lilym from NJ

And,by the way, several of my American friends were in Belgrade after the bombings (by NATO)and few years later and never felt unsafe. On the contrary, people just asked them lots of questions about why did they got bombed and what American civilians think about Serbs. So, please, before dispensing your own propaganda - go there and get the facts.

Mar. 02 2009 11:42 PM
Lilym from NJ

Alex,to defend all Albanians as victims and never murderers would be inacurate,unless you studied from the books "corrected" by Enver Hoxa.
I don't know why this angers you so much as if it was impossible, while we all know that these things happened even BEFORE 1999. I was in Kosovo during Albanian demonstrations, raping of nuns, threats to and killings of Serbs.It was just the beginning of all Kosovo's problems. We were there to take out of baricaded home my father's friend and his family (Albanians who didn't want to join in with the others). Lives of his family and his own were threatened by the Albanians who wanted independence.
Carla Del Ponte was the most hated woman in Serbia for her one-sided views and for bringing only the Serbian war criminals to Hague.I am glad that she did find the other side to the story, although a little too late.
Of course, this doesn't mean that Serbs didn't do what they did. It just means that the reporting and history should try to be as accurate and close to the truth as possible.

Mar. 02 2009 11:38 PM
Alex Dumas from NY

I happened to hear what Chuck Sudetic had to say about Carla Del Ponte's views.
First, I have to make known that I am Albanian. I feel offended that a radio station as NPR makes itself available as a platform for such a political statement on a very sensitive issue, based on some vague accusations. Hope there is someone with knowledge about this problem to be invited by NPR and clarify on these accusations against Albanians. If what is been described in Del Ponte's book is true, then should not be hard to find evidence on about 400 hundred Serbs butchered in Albania. Carla Del Ponte wanted to sell the story in Europe, and after wanting to keep her job and to continue with anti-Albanian agenda, she has found a new way to sell the story in USA. All this is to counterbalance the atrocities committed by Serbs in almost all former Yugoslavia, and portray Albanians as killers. I hope other listeners can make a difference about some vague accusations coming from a person (Chuck Sudetic) that pronounced the name of Nuremberg trial as “Duremberg.” If you want to see how violent have been Albanians with their neighbors, please refer to history. We have never attacked any of our neighbors, under any circumstances, unlike all other states in the region. It would have been more honest for Chuck Sudetic, to get evidence first and then offend and accuse a nation. Finally the only thing that I wanted to remind Chuck Sudetic, is to try to go to Belgrade, and see how secure he will feel after exposing himself as American.

Mar. 02 2009 07:14 PM
chuck reinhardt from highlnd lakes, new jersey

i worked with refugees during and after the bosian war. i now teach part of the year in zavidovici, bosnia.
if what delponte says is true, albanians killing serbs, it was in reaction to the slaughter of albanians by serbs on and before 1999. [just like native americans killing white settlers after soliders burned their village and killed their women and children.]

i've seen and read so much serb propaganda, i find delpontie's book hard to believe. was the blood analyzed, maybe it was a hospital during the conflict, [or maybe sheeps blood]. albanians gave the information, were they truthful.

i'v been to albania, and i doubt if they were able to transplant organs, or harvest organs, unless they had outside medical help, especially in a mountain border town.

as far as the un is conserned, they are ineffective, and helpless to stop genocide.

Mar. 02 2009 02:39 PM

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