A year after the identity of a protected witness in a Srebrenica genocide trial was publicly revealed by media in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, putting his safety at risk, the Bosnian prosecution has not brought any charges.
As the former Bosnian Serb military chief, who was convicted of genocide and other wartime crimes by the UN court in June, awaits transfer to prison to serve his life sentence, he is suffering from increasingly poor health, his lawyers said.
Wartime Bosnian Serb police reservist and army officer Rade Garic was sentenced to 20 years in prison for persecuting Bosniaks from the Vlasenica and Srebrenica areas in 1992 and 1995 in a series of crimes including several murders.
Former Bosnian Serb officer Milomir Savcic, who is on trial for allegedly assisting the Srebrenica genocide, was remanded in custody for breaking a court order by speaking publicly about new legislation banning genocide denial.
A match in the ethnic Bosniak-majority city of Novi Pazar was temporarily halted because visiting fans of Belgrade club Partizan were chanting slogans celebrating the Srebrenica massacres and Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic.
A report by a Bosnian Serb-funded commission has claimed the Srebrenica massacres were not genocide and most victims were not civilians – but some of its controversial assertions are contradicted by evidence heard at trials at international courts.
Survivors of the Srebrenica massacres welcomed the decision by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international overseer to impose legislation to ban the denial of genocide and war crimes, but some Bosnian Serbs vowed to defy it.