Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency Chairman, Milorad Dodik, abused his position when he allegedly sent a letter asking the president of the international court in the Hague to reconsider the decision to send convicted war criminal, Radovan Karadzic, to a prison in the United Kingdom, Croat member of the BiH Presidency, Zeljko Komsic, said on Thursday.
Local media reported that Dodik, the Serb Presidency member and leader of the ruling party in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, wrote to the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Carmel Agius, expressing his concern for Karadzic’s safety.
Karadzic, the wartime president of the RS, was sentenced to life behind bars for various war crimes, including genocide committed in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
He is to serve the sentence in the UK but objected to the transfer arguing that his safety is jeopardised due to a high number of “Muslim extremists” serving their sentences in the country.
The IRMCT, however, rejected his objections.
In a Thursday Facebook post, Komsic said he does not want to discuss “whether Milorad will write privately to the judges of the court which he does not recognise (as legitimate) for years and publicly side with the war criminal.”
“However, he abused the institution of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that is inadmissible because this is not the position of the Presidency or the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he stressed.
“My position is, for example, that the United Kingdom is too comfortable for Karadzic and that he should have been sent to North Korea,” he commented.
Komsic added that he will inform “everybody” that the letter was “falsely signed and presented.”