Minister of Justice and Administration Ivan Malenica said at a government session on Thursday that the purpose of the request of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not to process war crimes, but to defame the military-police operation Flash.
At its 80th session, the Government issued a conclusion ordering the Ministry of Justice to reject the request of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina dated February 8th this year.
Croatia received a request from the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina "requesting the prosecution of high-ranking Croatian officers and generals due to a well-founded suspicion of violating international law within Operation Flash, related to the alleged shelling of Kozarska Dubica and Bosanska Gradiška," said Minister Ivan Malenica.
After analyzing the request and accompanying documentation, the relevant ministry concluded that "the purpose of the actions of certain competent bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not to prosecute war crimes or punish individuals responsible for crimes, but to defame the military-police operation Flash as one of the key foundations of independent and territorial Croatia," said Malenica.
He warned that "satisfying requests could lead to the violation of the sovereignty, security and legal order or other important interests of the Republic of Croatia."
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that this was "an important decision" in the national interest and in the interest of protecting Croatian generals and commanders, and Operation Flash.
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