18:17 / 15.06.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

President dismisses claims by RMCT chief prosecutor

President Zoran Milanović

President Zoran Milanović

Foto: Nikola Cutuk / Pixsell

President Zoran Milanović has reacted to a statement made by the chief prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Serge Brammertz, who told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Croatia seemed to be pursuing justice only for Croatian victims of the Homeland War.

Milanović, the commander-in-chief of the Croatian armed forces, said that there wouldn't be a free Bosnia and Herzegovina today were it not for the aid provided by the Croatian army. He said it was Croatia's contribution to peace in the region.

"You're asking me about Brammertz?! If it were up to that man, all of our generals would be doing life-sentences now," said Milanović.

According to Tuesday's press release on the UN website, Brammmertz accused the Croatian government of "taking political decisions to block the justice process."

Today, Brammertz continued, "there is a widespread impression that there is the will to pursue justice for Croatian victims but not for those of other ethnicities."

"In the former Yugoslavia, the most significant issue remains regional judicial cooperation, where both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia are experiencing severe difficulties obtaining cooperation from Croatia," according to the Belgian jurist who said that in the past decade Croatia had been the leader in strengthening regional legal cooperation in tackling war crimes, however, it now seems to be caring only for Croatian victims.

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