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Bosnia Prosecutor's Office forms case against Milorad Dodik over genocide denial

March 6, 2023

The State Prosecutor's Office has formed a case against Milorad Dodik, the President of Bosnia's Republika Srpska entity, over genocide denial, according to Radio Free Europe.

Once the case is formed, the Prosecutor's Office is carrying out an investigation and the prosecutor in charge will then decide on whether the institution will issue indictment or not.

The State Court is then deciding if the indictment will be confirmed or rejected, according to procedures.

Milorad Dodik, who spoke about Srebrenica on February 21 in Banja Luka, administrative centre of Republika Srpska, denied genocide that was committed in the eastern Bosnian town in 1995, as ruled by international courts.

After former High Representative Valentin Inzko imposed law changes in July 2021 and introduced law provisions banning the genocide denial, Dodik violated the law on several occasions.

In April 1993, the UN had declared the besieged enclave of the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica a safe area under UN protection.

However, in July 1995, the Dutch battalion soldiers failed to prevent the town's capture by the Bosnian Serb forces and the massacre that followed.

More than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed in the days following July 11, 1995, and so far the remains of more than 6,600 have been found and buried.

The International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice later ruled that the massacre was an act of genocide.

International and regional courts have sentenced 45 people for what happened in Srebrenica to a total of more than 700 years behind bars. Those who the ICTY sentenced to life imprisonment are Ljubisa Beara, Zdravko Tolimir, and Vujadin Popovic. But the most well known alleged masterminds of what happened in Srebrenica are former Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadzic and ex Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, and both have been sentenced for it but have appealed.

To date, Bosnian Serb leadership have never recognised the Srebrenica massacre as an act of genocide.

Source:  https://n1info.ba/english/news/bosnia-prosecutors-office-forms-case-against-milorad-dodik-over-genocide-denial/ 

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