Dodik says he was summoned for interrogation over ‘alleged denial of genocide’

NEWS 19.08.2021 22:45
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Source: N1/Arhiv

Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency, has confirmed that he was summoned for an interrogation at the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina in regard to what he called an “alleged denial of genocide.”

The summon comes almost a month after now-former international envoy in BiH Valentin Inzko imposed a genocide denial ban through amendments to the Criminal Code of BiH, which Dodik strongly opposed and the leadership in Bosnia's Serb-majority region Republika Srpska declared null and void.

After he confirmed that he was invited for the interrogation, Dodik said that “the Serbs are not vassals” and that they “do not want foreigners who will be making decisions for them.”

He noted that the whole narrative in the Federation, Bosnia's Bosniak-Croat shared entity, with the law changes was narrowed to genocide but that “the thing is an unelected foreigner cannot pass laws and impose, not even using the Bonn powers.”

Dodik is a strong opponent of the presence of the Office of the High Representative in BiH, who oversees the implementation of the peace process in the country and is assigned by the Dayton Peace Agreement with special powers to impose laws and dismiss officials.

In addition to his demands that the OHR closes down, Dodik also does not recognise the new High Representative Christian Schmidt, who officially took office on August 2.

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