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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 16, 1994

Serb guard
arrested on
BONN, Germany - The federal
prosecutor's office announced Mon-
day the arrest of one of the most noto-
rious guards at a Bosnian-Serbconcen-
tration camp on charges of complicity
in genocide against Bosnian Muslims.
Dusan "Dule" Tadic, a cafe owner
and karate teacher, is alleged by wit-
nesses to have murdered hundreds of
inmates at Omarska camp. Police ar-
rested him Saturday in Munich, Ger-
many, as he emerged from a hideaway
where he had been living for several
months. He was dressed in a jogging
suit, accompanied by his brother, who
lives in Munich, and apparently was
taken by surprise.
Bavarian police had staked out 'the
street, and a special squad of 15 offic-
ers seized him.
Newsday first feported about sys-
tematic killing at Omarska and other
camps in Serb-controlled northern
Bosnia in August 1992. The Bosnian
Serbs subsequently closed Omarska,
an open-pit iron ore mine, and freed
mostof the prisoners. The U.S. govern-
ment estimates that Serbs killed as many
as 5,000 Muslim and Croat prisoners
there, nearly half the approximately
11,000 who passed through the camp.
It was Tadic who ordered aprisoner
to castrate three fellow detainees, ac-
cording to the testimony of survivors.
All three men died of loss of blood and
other injuries.
"They forced me to tear off their
testicles, with my teeth, so I tore off
their testicles with my teeth. They were
screaming with pain, and they put lu-
bricant in their mouths at first, pierced
their lips with wire, but they were still
screaming," Emin Jakubovic said in an
interview on a recent German televi-

Former Justice Dept. official.
lambasts anti-crime bills

WASHINGTON -Four days af-
ter he left office, the Justice
Department's former No. 2 official
yesterday lambasted the Clinton ad-
ministration and Congress for bowing
to political pressures by endorsing a
spate of anti-crime proposals that he
described as shortsighted, wasteful and
Saying he is now able to speak
freely, former Deputy Attorney Gen-
eral Philip Heymann sharply criticized
a White House-backed provision for
mandatory life sentences for three-time
violent offenders as a prime example
of a proposal that "sounds terrific" but
"doesn't make any sense."
Heymann also said otherprovisions
in a Senate-passed crime bill dealing
with mandatory minimum sentences,
the construction of massive new "re-
gional prisons" and giving the Justice
Department authority to prosecute street
crimes involving firearms would place
major new strains on federal resources
but do little to reduce violent crime.
"It's become too easy to pretend
we're going to solve this problem with
a set of remedies that look good for the
first 15 seconds you look at them and
very bad when you get to half aminute,"
said Heymann in a discussion with a
handful of reporters. "If we didn't have
a terrible problem to deal with, this
would be funny. ... Politics has over-
whelmed serious debate."

As an example, Heymann said the
mandatory life for three-time offend-
ers provision endorsed by President
Clinton in his State of the Union Mes-
sage flies in the face of research show-
ing that very few criminals stay violent
as they get older.
The "three-strikes-and-you're-out"
provision would require the federal
government to spend hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars to continue to house
inmates over the age of 50, Heymann
"This is simply a bad deal," he
added. "We can't afford it."
The comments by Heymann, who
plans to return later this year to his
former Harvard Law School profes-
sorship and who headed the
department's criminal division during
the Carter administration, provided a
glimpse into the deep-seated policy
tensions within the administration over
the politically volatile crime issue.
Although many of Heymann's
views are similar to ideas that have
been expressed in the past by Attorney
General Janet Reno, the president has
moved fighting crime to the top of his
domestic agenda in recent months and
White House aides have publicly chas-
tised Reno and other department offi-
cials for appearing "soft" on an issue of
mounting concern to the public.
Heymann repeatedly declined to
discuss internal deliberations within
, the administration on the crime issue.

But some of his comments appeared at
times to apply directly to Reno, who
has lately appeared to mute some of her
previous views and vigorously en-
dorsed "three strikes and you're out"@
and other administration-backed ele-
ments of the crime bill.
Withoutmentioning Reno by name,
Heymann said political concerns had
overtaken the administration's handling
of the issue. "It's tough on somebody
who is an elected official to talk sense
about crime.... It's very hard to make
truth or common sense or frankness
work on this issue, ever, let alone now,"
he said.
Asked about Heymann's criticism
of the president's endorsement of the
"three-strikes-and-you're-out" provi-
sion, White House communications
director Mark Gearan said yesterday,
"You'll have to defend that position to
the parents of Polly Klaas and others
who have been victims of crimes" by
repeat violent offenders. "That's
(Heymann's) view. We certainly dis-
Klaas was the 12-year-old girl who
was abducted and murdered in Califor-
nia last year allegedly by a twice-con-
victed kidnapper who was out on pa-
The case drew nationwide public-
ity and helped fuel political pressures
that have led to increasing support in
Congress for the "three-strikes-and-
you're-out" provision.

Bosnian kids push a wheelbarrow full of firewood in the old part of Sarajevo.
A cease fire has kept the peace for six days.

sion documentary. He identified the
two men who gave the orders trom
photographs shown in the film. "That
was the one in camouflage uniform,
Dule Tadic, andMisoRadulovic. Tadic
was the owner of a cafe in our town, in
Kozarac," he said.
This was the first time in post-
World WarIlGerman history thatjudi-
cial authorities had launched a court
case against a foreign national for mass
killings in his own country, spokesper-
son Rolf Hannich said. It was also the
first time any European government
had announced the arrest of a sus-
pected killer in the Serb-sponsored "eth-

nic cleansing" that followed the Serbs'
conquest of northern Bosnia-
Herzegovina. And it appears to be the
first time that a judicial authority has
determined that genocide was commit-
ted in Bosnia.
The federal prosecutor's office in
Karlsruhe said Tadic was being held on
suspicion of "complicity of genocide,
murder and causing grievous bodily
harm." He will be tried following
charges under the German criminal
code, Hannich said.
The official statement did not say
how many prisoners Tadic is suspected
of killing.

Navy Admiral Kelso to retire
early to end Tailhook- scandal'

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WASHINGTON - Four days af-
ter he declared he would not quit, the
Navy's top admiral yesterday requested
early retirement in an effort to end the
service's torment over the Tailhook
scandal. Adm. Frank Kelso II, chief of
naval operations, announced his deci-
sion hours after the secretaries of de-
fense and the Navy publicly cd'n-
mended his characterand integrity, both
of which had been impugned by a
military judge last week. For Kelso,
their statements of support were a pre-
condition for his early departure.
Last week, a military judge found
that the 60-year-old admiral witnessed
lewd events at the 1991 aviators con-
vention in Las Vegas, at which 83

women were assaulted, and used his
influence to "manipulate" the investi-
gation and protect himself. Kelso, who
has denied the allegations, announced
yesterday that he would retire April 30,
two months earlier than planned. For
the four-star admiral, the retirement
will end a 37-year naval career that led
to his becoming the Navy's top officer.
He continued to assert his inno-
cence yesterday, but said: "I clearly
have become the lightning rod for
Tailhook, and I think it's in the best
interestof the Navy ... if Iretire. Icould
not have taken this course of action
without the issue of my integrity and
honesty being addressed."
No major charges arising out of
Tailhook convention, at which Navy

women were forced to run a gauntlet of
groping males and subjected to other
indignities, have been sustained. But
several officers have been fined or have
faced administrative action, such as
demotion, delayed promotion and let-
ters of caution.
President Clinton will have to
choose a successor to Kelso to lead the
Navy through a period of downsizing
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