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English20/03/2019

TRIBUNAL SUBJECTS LAW TO POLITICS

 

BANJALUKA, March 20 /SRNA/ - The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, by the judgment handed down to the first President of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic, only confirmed its true nature and fully subjected the law to the politics, proving that all these years it has been biased in the pursuit of political goal, said Nedeljko Cubrilovic, the speaker of the Srpska National Assembly.

 

He stressed that the life sentence to Karadzic only confirmed the belief of the Republika Srpska people that the Tribunal is biased, selective and that it was established with the aim of finding the Serbs and their leaders guilty for the civil war in BiH, announced the Republika Srpska National Assembly.

Cubrilovic states that the Hague Tribunal has invented categories of command responsibility and joint criminal enterprise, which are exclusively reserved for Serb officers and political representatives, some of them were even tried for verbal offense, regardless of the fact that Serb political leaders did not commit war crimes for which they were convicted.

According to him, it is clear that the Hague Tribunal did not contribute to reconciliation in BiH, which is why it was allegedly established.

"Moreover, it deepened division between the peoples in this region, protecting only one side, acquitting the perpetrators of documented crimes committed against Serb civilians, such as the crimes committed in Kravica, Sase and Zalazje by Muslim forces," said Cubrilovic.

Although, Cubrilovic recalls, the Hague Tribunal Statute reads that the purpose of its establishment is "principled punishment of all war crimes", which should contribute to the reconciliation in the region, it is clear that the Tribunal failed to fulfill its mission and showed political bias and selective attitude.

"The Hague Tribunal ended its work in 2017 without indictments filed against war-time political leaders of the Bosniak people and military commanders of the so-called BiH Army. At the same time, the Hague Tribunal convicted 161 people, of whom the most convicted ones are Serbs - 110, nearly all political, military and police officials of the Serb people," said Cubrilovic.

He stressed that the judgment will not have any consequences for the Dayton Peace Agreement, the Constitution and the status of Republika Srpska within BiH.
Cubrilovic recalled that in 1995, the Dayton Peace Agreement, as an international legal act, confirmed the continuity of the existence of Republika Srpska, its bodies and institutions, since its establishment in 1992, confirming the international and legal identity of Republika Srpska.

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague today handed down the appeal judgment to the first Republika Srpska President Radovan sentencing him to life imprisonment. /end/vos