Bosnia: Iran and Turkey 'supplied weapons to local Muslims during war'

You bet they did. Financed by the Saudis.

The Hague, 16 July (AKI) – Iran and Turkey were among countries which supplied weapons to Bosnian Muslims during the bloody1992-1995 war, defying a United Nations embargo, the trial of wartime Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic heard Monday.

Prosecution witness, David Harland, who served with UN peacekeepers in Bosnia during the war said the weapons from Iran were shipped through Croatia, which retained a portion for itself.

“Turkey also supplied weapons by low-flying planes,” Harland told the UN’s International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, where Mladic is on trial.

The Unprofor peacekeeping force was aware of the violations of UN embargo, but had no mandate to stop it, Harland added.

The shipments were going on “with the knowledge of the United States and other countries,” Harland said.

Mladic, 69, has been charged on eleven counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was arrested north of Belgrade a year ago after 16 years in hiding. He denies the charges.

Mladic’s trial was adjourned last Thursday after he complained of health problems and was rushed to hospital. But it resumed on Monday with cross-examination of Harland, who is the second prosecution witness.

Mladic had suffered three strokes while on the run and his health has seriously deteriorated, raising fears that he could die before the trial is over.