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Balkan MPRI L-3 Genocide Case Will Stay in Illinois

Courthouse News Service

CHICAGO (CN) – Ethnic Serbs accusing a large defense contractor of arming the Croatian troops that committed genocide in the Krajina region can proceed with a class action in the Northern District of Illinois, where thousands of victims reside, a federal judge ruled.
Operation Storm, the largest European land offensive since World War II, killed or displaced more than 200,000 Serbs in 1995, according to the 2010 complaint filed by Genocide Victims of Krajina.
The umbrella group is seeking billions of dollars in damages from defense contractor L-3 Communications and its subsidiary, Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a corporation they say was founded by U.S. military officers who were downsized at the end of the Cold War.
MPRI staff allegedly helped the Croatian army plan and train for the attack, and it monitored and assisted the execution of the operation.
The complaint says that a division of L-3, “negotiated a contract to train and modernize the Croatian Army into a competent fighting force able to invade the Krajina region and expel the ethnic Serbian population from Croatian territory.”
Virginia-based L-3 asked the court to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, or alternatively, to transfer the case to the Southern District of New York or the Eastern District of Virginia. The contractor argued that either of these courts would be more convenient for the witnesses and parties involved.
U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo refused on both counts, finding ample evidence that the Northern District of Illinois has jurisdiction over L-3

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September 15, 2011 - Posted by | Balkans, MPRI | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Is there a way to contribute to the class action financially? This will be a long hard fight. The case should not settle until guilt is established.

    Comment by Lawrence | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Don’t bother Lawrence to contribute to something which is lost in advance. The Serbs are only trying to squeeze some money. Serbia committed aggression on Croatia, using the Serbs living in Krajina, but the truth is they did not much object to being used as a weapon against the Croats. They left Krajina on order of their president Milan Martić, they have had evacuation plans ready a few months before the Operation Storm even started. And now those “poor Serbs” just want to get some money. That’s all. Instead of living peacefully with the Croats like they did until then they started to expel and kill their fellows Croats. That’s why they left Krajina! Other Croatian Serbs – mostly in big cities – did not stand up against the Croats, many have even fought together with them against the aggressors from Serbia. Therefore, unlike the Krajina Serbs, they did not have to escape, simply because they had a clear consciousness, they did not commit any wrongdoing against the Croats as many Krajina Serbs did.

    Comment by xxxxxx | September 6, 2012 | Reply


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