Croatia’s Defense Minister wanted by Bosnian Authorities for war crimes

OLIVIER HOSLET

Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic (R) during a Nato defense ministers council at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 26 October 2016.

Croatia’s Defense Minister wanted by Bosnian Authorities for war crimes


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Croatia’s Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Damir Krsticevic, is wanted by Bosnian authorities for war crimes during the 1992-95 conflict.

The criminal complaint was filed by the interior ministry of Republika Srpska on Friday with the state prosecutor in Sarajevo.

Another 15 Croatian high ranking officials are wanted, including the retired general Ante Gotovina who was acquitted in 2012 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

On October 31st Bosnia arrested ten Croat ex-fighters on war crime charges.

The Croatian officials are accused of killing hundreds of Serbian civilians and forcing over 120,000 to leave their homes in operations ‘Maestral’ and ‘June posted’ in 1995. According to the Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti, the Croatian officials will be detained for questioning if they enter the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Authorities want to question Krsticevic for his role in the towns of Jajce, Donji Vakuf, and Mrkonjic Grad.

Krsticevic already canceled a planned visit to Sarajevo last week.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that the Croatian Army protected Bosnia from Serbian aggression.

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