Verges says he's Milosevic's Lawyer. It's a Lie.
pretending to be Slobo's attorney a new parlor game?)
Jared Israel and Nico Varkevisser
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In response to
a Hague Tribunal
ruling in November 2001 ordering Slobodan
Milosevic to accept
and another attorney as his legal
advisers, Slobodan Milosevic publicly
stated 20 months
ago that regarding his Tribunal case, he has never
gotten or been interested in getting any legal advice
Nevertheless attorneys such as Ramsey Clark and Jacques Verges, who is
identified with Nazism, pretend to be Milosevic's
legal advisors and/or attorneys. Others claim to be
part of a Legal Committee that has not existed since
Last year, the notorious Jacques Verges was interviewed on Deutsche Welle, the German State
TV station that broadcasts worldwide in 31 languages.
He claimed he was Milosevic's attorney and then, as
is customary for fictional attorneys of Milosevic, he
slandered the client. In the following text we
reprint two sections of the Deutsche Welle broadcast.
Time permitting, we will post a streaming video with
clips from the broadcast and comments by us. Its a
many attorneys, so little legal work
the subject of Jacques Verges and Slobodan Milosevic has
come up in Internet discussion. Verges is a French lawyer
who has falsely portrayed himself as Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic's attorney in the case at The Hague
Tribunal. Falsely portraying oneself as Milosevic's
attorney is a popular sport among lawyers of a certain
type. See for example our articles on Ramsey Clark's
televised appearance at the national Press Club this past
Verges has given at least 170 newspaper and TV interviews
in which a) he is *correctly* identified as having been
the lawyer for Carlos the Jackal and Klaus Barbie, also
known as the Butcher of Lyons, and b) he is *falsely*
identified as Milosevic's lawyer.
Here's the truth: Verges has never been involved
in *any* legal work for Milosevic; he has never given
Milosevic *a word* of legal advice; he has never served
as any kind of advisor to Milosevic *in any way.* We know
this first hand because we have been, respectively, the
spokesperson for Milosevic's support committee, in charge
of all press conferences and general activity in The
Hague (Nico Varkevisser) and the Website editor (Jared
from a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Milosevic
support group last December, and apart from Milosevic's
two Yugoslav attorneys, who work as researchers, not as
legal counsel, the only lawyer who has done legal work
for Slobodan Milosevic is Nico Steijnen. Steijnen brought
cases before the Dutch and European courts. Steijnen has
worked for free. No attorney has lifted a finger to raise
money to help pay Steijnen's legal costs. No attorney has
helped Steijnen fight The Hague Tribunal's ongoing effort
to disbar him.
attorneys claim to be part of a supposed Milosevic Legal
Committee. No such committee has functioned since
Ramsey Clark and
Jacques Verges have gone further, claiming to be
Milosevic's legal advisors and/or attorneys. In November
2001 the Tribunal did *order* Milosevic to accept Clark
and another lawyer named John Livingston as legal
[Text of Tribunal record of their Order
No. 197 - 16 November 2001
Case ("Kosovo" and "Croatia")
November 2001, the Trial Chamber ordered Ramsey Clark
and John Livingston to be the accused's legal
advisors. The accused had asked to meet with them.
The Code of Professional Conduct for Defence Counsel
Appearing before the Tribunal shall apply to them.
This legal advice shall not be at the expense of the
Tribunal. The accused shall be entitled to
communicate fully and without restraint with the two
legal advisors in accordance with Rule 67 of the
Rules of Detention.
(Scroll down to 16 November 2001)
[Text of Tribunal record of their
Order ends here]
apparently somebody forgot to consult Milosevic.
November Milosevic had one of his Yugoslav attorneys hold
a press conference condemning this attempt to force him
to accept unwanted advisors. And during his next public
appearance, at a Motion Hearing on 11 December,
Milosevic, as ever cool but as ever firm, stated:
[Excerpt from 11 December 2001 Hearing
The accused [Milosevic]: I have
been informed in the meantime that without my
request, you have assigned certain advice that I did
not ask for, interpreting my agreement to receive
visits by certain individuals as a request for legal
advice. My response to that has been addressed to the
Registry that I do not consider that whoever visits
me and has a law degree should be appointed as my
legal counsel, and I don't think it would be
permissible for visits to continue to be restricted,
visits by persons who wish to visit me in accordance
with the Rules that you have established and on a
nondiscriminatory basis, since other people in that
prison are allowed such visits.
Judge May: Mr. Milosevic, if you
don't want advice from Mr. Clark and Mr.
Livingston, which we understood you did, who do you
want it from?
The accused [Milosevic]: No, I'm
not asking for any advice from anybody. I have said
that I would like to be granted the possibility to be
visited by people who wish to visit me. That's all.
(Scroll almost to the bottom, to line 11 of "page"
[Excerpt from 11 December 2001
Verges, attorney for Milosevic despite... Milosevic
Jacques Verges was interviewed on Deutsche
Welle, the German State TV station, last October 25th.
This broadcast was sent all around the world. Millions
have seen it.
broadcast, Verges and Deutsche Welle not only repeatedly
stated the lie that Verges was Milosevic's attorney, they
claimed that because he was Milosevic's attorney he had
been barred from Hague Tribunal proceedings.
the first two 'scenes' from the transcript of the
Deutsche Welle broadcast:
Welle excerpt begins here]
I - Title appears: Deutsche Welle, "European
Journal," October 25, 2002
Voice of male announcer: You're Watching News World
announcer: In pursuit of evil. Verges, the French
lawyer. Jacques Verges is a well-known name in France.
He's a lawyer who once said he had a passionate
interest in evil. As a result he's defended Nazis,
collaborators, despots and tyrants from the Left as
well as the Right. He remains a convinced lefty even
in these post-Communist times and now he's back on
the warpath. This time the evil he's attracted to
comes in the form of one Slobodan Milosevic, the
former Yugoslav dictator.
II - We see Attorney Jacques Verges outside the
building where they check people's IDs before
allowing them to proceed to The Hague Tribunal.
Verges is talking rather calmly to a policeman.]
Jacques Verges is arguing with these Dutch police
officers. They're refusing to admit him to the
courtroom in The Hague Tribunal where Slobodan
Milosevic is on trial.
They're refusing to allow Mr. Milosevic's lawyer to
enter. This tribunal is illegal. In all democracies,
trials are public - this trial's being held under
Welle excerpt begins here]
the amazing coincidence that Deutsche Welle captured this
"spontaneous" moment on film, one thing is
clear. Whatever Verges and the policeman were chatting
about, Verges was *not* excluded from The Hague Tribunal
for being Milosevic's attorney, because he *wasn't*
viewers didn't know that. Being told that Verges was
barred because he worked for Milosevic, people would
naturally believe that Verges worked for Milosevic.
established this lie as fact, Deutsche Welle broadcast
various horrific statements by Verges, statements which
damned Milosevic either by identifying him with views he
detests (such as Holocaust denial) or by defending him in
ways that made him appear guilty of war crimes.
Take this exchange about the supposed massacre
in Srebrenica (Bosnia) in
[Excerpt from 25 October Deutsche
Welle broadcast starts here]
Deutsche Welle: Milosevic himself
claims the Srebrenica massacre was planned with the
help of the French secret service and was carried out
by Muslim soldiers.
Verges: I refer to the evidence
given by general Moriean [phonetic spelling]
concerning the Srebrenica massacre - he was there to
represent France and the international security
forces - he told a parliamentary investigatory
committee in Paris that he asked Milosevic to do
something to stop the attack on Srebrenica. Milosevic
met this request so he's clear of any wrongdoing here.
[Excerpt from 25 October Deutsche
Welle broadcast ends here]
Note that the above exchange conveys
the impression that:
a) There *was* a massacre at Srebrenica
carried out by official Bosnian Serb forces and that
b) Milosevic was at the top or near the top of the chain
of command of these forces.
These are the very lies that the
Tribunal is trying to prove.
Notice that, even as he slanders
Milosevic with lies, Verges maintains his pose as a
Milosevic supporter, by saying that this fiction which he
has just spouted clears Milosevic of wrongdoing. Of
course it does the opposite. But the pose of being
Milosevic's friend makes Verges' remarks all the more
harmful since the millions of people who viewed this
broadcast would think:
'Well he's Slobo's lawyer. He's
doing his best to defend the man - but oh god!
Milosevic was in charge at Srebrenica! What a monster!'
also used the Deutsche Welle interview to engage in a bit
of Holocaust denial. We will post more on that later.
That Verges would advocate Holocaust denial will make
perfect sense after you read the Philadelphia Inquirer
material we have posted at http://emperors-clothes.com/genoud-verges.htm
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 Our articles on Ramsey Clark, all of which
were written by Jared Israel and Nico Varkevisser, are:
* "Ramsey Clark Poses as Milosevic's Lawyer...
...and then smears the "client" on
nationwide U.S. television!" at http://emperors-clothes.com/milo/ramsey1.htm
* "More on how Ramsey Clark Attacked
the National Press Club,"
* "Ramsey Clark's IAC Accuses us of
Slander, but they get the facts wrong..." (discusses
Clark's June 29 2001 flight to Belgrade) at http://emperors-clothes.com/ramsey/ramsey3.htm
* "How Ramsey Clark Labored to Protect Nazi
Émigrés," at http://emperors-clothes.com/ramsey/ramsey4.htm
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