Victims outraged by Bosnian Serb ex-president early release

16th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announced that Biljana Plavsic should be granted early release from her 11-year jail term for good behaviour and apparent rehabilitation.

Sarajevo -- Muslim victims of Bosnia's war voiced outrage Tuesday at the UN war crimes court's decision to grant early release to a Bosnian Serb ex-president convicted of crimes against humanity.

"It might be in line with international law, but it has nothing to do with justice," Murat Tahirovic, head of an association of Muslim and Croat war camp prisoners, told AFP.

"How can we explain this to children whose parents had been killed (in Serb-run camps), children who remember their parents only from photos," he said.

The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Tuesday that Biljana Plavsic should be granted early release from her 11-year jail term for good behaviour and apparent rehabilitation.

The 79-year-old is serving her sentence in a Swedish prison and under Sweden's law becomes eligible for release from October 27, after serving two-thirds of her term. The tribunal has the final say in the matter.

Plavsic was sentenced in February 2003 after she admitted playing a leading role in a campaign of persecution against Croats and Muslims during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

She is the highest ranking official of the former Yugoslavia to have acknowledged responsibility for atrocities committed in the 1990s wars that accompanied the former federation's break up.

"How is it possible that Plavsic has the right to freedom and I do not have the right to find and bury bones of my son 14 years after he had been brutally killed," said Munira Subasic, head of an association of survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

"The only explanation I can find is that the world supports crime and criminals," she added.

In Europe's single worst atrocity since World War II, Bosnian Serb forces killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys after capturing Srebrenica in July 1995.

The remains of thousands of the victims have been exhumed from about 70 mass graves around the eastern town and many more are yet to be found.

Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik said he would visit Plavsic in her Swedish jail on Wednesday, the SRNA news agency reported.

Post-war Bosnia consists of two entities -- the Serbs' Republika Srpska (RS) and the Muslim-Croat Federation, each having its own government and sharing a weak central adminstration.

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