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Vladimír Dzuro: The Civil War in the Balkans and War Crimes

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 17, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Vladimír Dzuro was the first, and for a long time only, Czech who investigated war crimes in the Balkans for the office of the chief prosecutor at the International Tribunal in the Hague. Dzuro uncovered mass graves and questioned and arrested those responsible for suffering and genocide. He took part in the first arrest of a war criminal since the Nuremberg trials. He got to the bottom of a massacre at the Ovčara farm near Vukovar. As an investigator he was involved in many such cases. The one-time Prague detective spent over nine years as part of a team tasked with investigating war crimes committed by Serbs in Croatia and Western Bosnia. He now heads the Office of Internal Affairs at the United Nations in New York. He has laid down his testimony in his new book, entitled Vyšetřovatel – Démoni balkánské války a světská spravedlnost (The Investigator – Justice and Demons of the Balkan War).

Discussion moderator: David Šťáhlavský (journalist and presenter, head of the Journalism Creative Group at Czech Radio).

Guest will include: Michael Žantovský (director, Václav Havel Library), Anna Richterová (state attorney; in 1999–2008 deputy prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia), Jan Pelikán (historian, Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University) and Martin Ježek (commentator on events in the Balkans).


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