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English20/03/2019

CYNICAL JUDGMENT TO RADOVAN KARADZIC

 

BANJALUKA, March 20 /SRNA/ - BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik stated Wednesday the judgment rendered to the first president of Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic is quite arrogant and cynical and an act of equalizing some earlier judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

 

Dodik pointed out the ICTY mission was to ensure reconciliation but that now any such thing was even uncertain and almost impossible. He said Republika Srpska had long lost its trust in the Hague Tribunal and that life sentence rendered for its first president was a confirmation of that. "Many here believed when the ICTY was formed that some kind of trust would be ensured by the authority of those who formed it. That belief disappeared with time because this tribunal largely engaged in selective justice," Dodik told the press in Banjaluka. He said that most people in Republika Srpska did not expect anything different from the trial chamber judgment, possibly only worse. “The injustice hurts. It is impossible that Naser Oric /the war-time commander of the Muslim forces in Srebrenica/ who committed murders and crimes speaks of Karadzic and his alleged crime. Neither the BiH judiciary nor the ICTY reacted to this, and we are in a situation where Karadzic is tried even though no one proved that he either ordered murders or took part in or was present during the commission of murders,” Dodik said. He said that Karadzic was tried, while no Croatian or Bosniak official was brought to justice for the killings of Serbs in Croatia and BiH. “The story of alleged victims and criminals was created, and the role of criminals was planned for the Serbs. No judgment was issued for crimes against Serbs, and there were many, including Srebrenica,” Dodik said. According to him, it is logical that the trust in the ICTY was lost. “We are facing the fact that the judgment was rendered. It does not delve into Republika Srpska and we reject every such story,” Dodik said. He said that the statement by BiH Presidency member Zeljko Komsic about the judgment rendered to Karadzic is inadmissible since he is trying to put a label on Srpska which it does not deserve. “His statement will make our political talks more difficult. It cannot be that Republika Srpska is genocidal and that BiH is not genocidal. He chose this sort of label, which is unnecessary, and he even exceeded the bounds of the judgment and tried to accuse all Serbs. This is a clear message to me and I will deal with this the way I think is proper,” Dodik said. He said that Republika Srpska is a legitimate part of the political system in BiH and that it is unbearable to work with people who think badly of Serbs and Srpska. “Republika Srpska continues to live and I call on all people to be calm and to fight for our rights. It is the task of all of us to strengthen Republika Srpska and to show things were not the way the court ruled,” Dodik said. He said that injustice was inflicted as all crimes were not treated the same way. “It is an injustice to try only Serbian politicians. The complete political leadership of Srpska and Serbia was at the ICTY, while others were not. After Alija Izetbegovic died, we found out that proceedings against him were conducted at the ICTY, but the question is what they were waiting for,” Dodik said. He said that the little trust that existed in BiH was lost after today’s statements by Komsic and the SDA. “This tells us to be absolutely cautious. No one says that Srpska is genocidal, only Komsic dares to say it. This is an insult to Srpska, and I will clear it up with him,” Dodik said. He said that the ICTY led BiH into an impossible situation and instead of securing trust, it did the opposite. The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Wednesday handed down an appeal judgment to the first president of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic, sentencing him to life in prison. The appeal judgment was rendered after the defense and prosecution appealed the trial chamber judgment sentencing Karadzic in 2016 to 40 years in prison./end/sg