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The Milošević TrialAn Autopsy$
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Timothy Waters

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795840.001.0001

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Another Report on the Banality of Evil

Another Report on the Banality of Evil

The Cultural Politics of the Milošević Trial in Kosovo

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(p.213) 15 Another Report on the Banality of Evil
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The Milošević Trial
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Vjollca Krasniqi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795840.003.0015

This chapter examines the impact of Milošević trial in Kosovo. It argues that the trial did not create any meaningful venue for political rapprochement between Serbs and Albanians. The proceedings—and Milošević's death before their conclusion—not only had negative effects on reconciliation processes but also failed to render justice for the victims. The trial demonstrated the success of Milošević's main defense tactic, which systematically minimized the suffering experienced by the victims of his rule and reinforced Serb refusal to take any blame at the political and societal levels. The trial was also an act of transgression against history: It perpetuated a prevalent sense of victimization in Serb society and deferred any movement toward transitional justice through retributive or restorative means.

Keywords:   criminal trials, Serba, Albanians, Slobodan Milošević

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