Banja Luka, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia /ICTY/, Serge Brammertz, visited Banja Luka to, on Wednesday, to hold a meetings with representatives of associations of families of Serb war victims. With this meeting, he finished his three-day visit to BiH, which comes before his report to the UN Security Council.
During his visit, Brammertz also had meetings with BiH officials, High Representative Valentin Inzko, Ambassadors of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council and representatives of international organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The meeting with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Serge Brammertz in Sarajevo today was held, in order to receive an update on the status of cases before the ICTY. As the ICTY moves closer to the completion of its mandate, it is important that strong and capable judicial institutions are in place in Bosnia and Herzegovina to deal with war crimes cases independently and professionally”, OHR announced.
The biggest media attention attracted the meeting in Banja Luka since representatives of families of victims are not satisfied with ICTY work and in every occasion emphasie that this Court minimize Serb victims in war and maximize the number and importance of Bosniak victims. That was one of the remarks they made to Brammertz during the meeting. Branislav Dukic, president of Association of detainees RS, on the beginning of the meeting gifted Brammertz 20 CDs containing evidence of war crimes against Serbs. In the meeting was also discussed the role of local prosecutors and BiH Court in the processes of war crimes.
Brammertz told the media after meeting that the prosecutors in Sarajevo have the responsibility to prove to associations of victims of war from Republika Srpska that their work is unbiased and independent.
Asked whether reconciliation among peoples in BiH could be possible in a situation when nobody had been punished yet for the crimes committed against the Serbs in Kravica, Brammertz said he was aware that there was dissatisfaction among associations of victims of war in RS due to the lack of investigations in Sarajevo, and the lack of progress and prosecution of war crimes committed against the Serbs.
“I encourage associations of victims of war from RS to speak about this with prosecutors in Sarajevo”, Brammertz said in press conference in Banja Luka.
ICTY Chief Prosecutor also met RS Main Prosecutor, Mahmut Svraka, to discuss about work on cases of war crimes in entity level. Brammertz also visited RS Supreme Court and met Court president, Zelimir Baric. During the meeting, Brammertz emphasised the importance of this court in the processes of the punishment of war crimes.
photo: Mladen Dragojlovic