Friday, November 9, 2007

On November 9, ...

... 1996, newly elected Bosnian Serb President, Biljana Plavšić dismissed Gen. Ratko Mladić, whom the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia had indicted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. She said in a televised statement "that international opposition to General Mladic had made it impossible for him to remain," the New York Times reported, adding, "The television is tightly controlled by the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic." Today, as posted, Plavšić (left) is serving an ICTY-imposed sentence. But co-indictees Karadžić and Mladić remain at-large fugitives from that mechanism of international criminal justice.
... 1953, 2 days after King Norodom Sihanouk returned from exile, self-imposed months earlier as a protest against colonial rule, Cambodia became independent from France.

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