|SLOPPY EXHUMATIONS ARE THE BACKBONE OF ICTY FORENSIC CASE|
|Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:33|
The letter reproduced below, written by forensic anthropologist C. E. Moore II, who took part in the work of forensic exhumations teams sent to the Srebrenica area by ICTY Office of Prosecutor in 1996, is an important and revealing document. Our own analysis of ICTY’s Srebrenica forensic work has disclosed numerous problems which cast serious doubt on the overall reliability of the results and therefore on the validity of court decisions that were based uncritically on such dubious data. Our critique is bolstered by Dr. Moore’s impressions, which paint a devastating picture of the unprofessional procedures employed in the field. It is reasonable to conclude that the results of such sloppily conducted field work cannot be significantly better than the methods that were used to obtain them.
As a result of critical comments leveled not just by Dr. Moore but also by other participating forensic experts on the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor teams working in the Srebrenica area, a commission was set up in 1997 to examine these issues and to make appropriate recommendations. The commission was convened in San Antonio, Texas, hence its conclusions are known as the San Antonio Report. While generally supportive of the work of ICTY forensic teams, the commission recognized the presence of serious problems and accepted that there were grounds for legitimate criticism.