Croatia and Bosnia resolve problems in referral of war crimes case

Croatia and Bosnia resolve problems in referral of war crimes case

Croatia and Bosnia resolve problems in referral of war crimes case Izvor: N1

Bosnia's Justice Minister Josip Grubesa and Chief State Prosecutor Gordana Tadic met in Zagreb on Friday with their Croatian counterparts and agreed on future procedures in war crimes cases thus removing obstacles that existed in the referral of those cases, Bosnian judicial institutions in Sarajevo have reported.

Minister Grubesa and Chief State Prosecutor Tadic visited Croatia on the occasion of an event marking the national day of prosecutors.

Bosnia's Justice Ministry said in a press release that the Bosnian officials met on the margins of that event with Croatia's Justice Minister Drazen Bosnjakovic and Chief State Prosecutor Drazen Jelenic.

The talks focused on outstanding issues in cooperation between the two countries' prosecutorial authorities and justice ministries, and the importance of referring war crimes cases, which is regulated by an international agreement and protocols, was underscored.

"In that regard it was necessary to resolve certain issues concerning the procedure itself in order to enable more efficient prosecution, which we indeed did today," a press release said.

Croatia and Bosnia do not extradite their citizens accused of war crimes. However, an agreement signed by the two countries envisages the possibility of referring war crimes cases to the other country to be prosecuted.

Numerous people accused of war crimes have exploited their dual citizenship to avoid trial.

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