The moment when Slobodan
Milosevic entered the courtroom in The Hague on 3 July 2001 was so
undramatic that for a second it almost lost its serious meaning.
Milosevic stepped into the courtroom as if he was out on a Sunday
stroll, closely followed by three guards in blue UN uniforms. For a
brief moment he halted in front of the gallery where the journalists
were still struggling with the headphones for the simultaneous
Slobodan Milosevic was the
strongman and authoritarian leader of Serbia through more than a
decade of war, conflict and struggle in Yugoslavia. In 2001 he was
arrested in Serbia and transferred to the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the
former Yugoslavia, the first international war crimes court
established since World War II. He died of a heart attack in the
tribunal's remand prison in March 2006.
is one of the main characters in Christian Palme's book Evil in Our Time
- The Quest for Justice in the Balkans (Om ondskan i
vår tid - Sökandet efter rättvisa på Balkan, in Swedish). The
book received near unaninmous praise when it was published in
March 2002. Some 40 newspapers and periodicals in Sweden have published reviews of
Christian Palme is a media and communications expert and a former foreign correspondent with
the Swedish national daily Dagens Nyheter. He is widely regarded as a leading
Swedish expert on the Balkans.
Christian Palme was educated at Uppsala
University and the Stockholm University School of Journalism between
1971 and 1976. He was active as a journalist for 28
years, mostly with Dagens
Nyheter. As a foreign news reporter with
Dagens Nyheter he first specialised in development issues with a focus on
Africa and Asia, writing numerous news
reports and features on politics, business,
development, agriculture and poverty. In 1993 he was appointed Central
Europe and Balkan Correspondent. Most of his reporting from the
Balkans concerned the Yugoslav wars of dissolution and the war in Bosnia.
After 1994 he partly focused his reporting on the newly established United
Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He has published four books and has received several awards and scholarships.
Between 2004 and 2007 Christian Palme was
employed as Public Information Adviser in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, reporting directly to
Deputy Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. He now works
as a communications consultant
in Stockholm, Sweden, specializing in public diplomacy, strategic communications and crisis communications.
Watch a clip of Christian Palme
discussing the anniversary of the Balkan wars on Swedish Public