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The Institute for Genocide Research Canada (IRGC) requests that the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) remove Judge Flügge from his role in the proceedings against Ratko Mladic, or in any case dealing specifically with charges of genocide.
According to the “Der Spiegel” article, Judge Flügge shockingly stated in 2009 that “the term genocide to define the crimes [in Srebrenica and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 genocide and agression are] unnecessary” instead preferring to refer to it as “mass murder”. He claimed that there is no reason to differentiate between “a group that is murdered for their nationality,religion, ethnicity, or race, as is regulated by the Hague Statute” and a group that “happens to be gathered at a specific location”
Given that Judge Flugge has not retracted his statements concerning the nature of the Srebrenica genocide crimes, he is not fit to serve as a presiding judge of such a high profile case. By denying the previous ruling of the ICTY regarding the Srebrenica Genocide, Judge Flügge is unable to show impartiality to the case and is in violation of The Hague’s Rule 15(A):
“A Judge may not sit on a trial or appeal in any case in which the Judge has a personal interest or concerning which the Judge has or has had any association which might affect his or her impartiality. The Judge shall in any such circumstance withdraw, and the President shall assign another Judge to the case.”
For the purpose of a fair trial and as respect to the families of the victims and survivors of the Bosnian genocide IRGC requests that Mr. Flugge faces judicial disqualification from the Ratko Mladic trial.