- Published: 29.11.2017.
PM: Praljak's act speaks of deep moral injustice towards Bosnian Croats
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday extended his deepest sympathy to General Slobodan Praljak's family as well as to the families of victims of all crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war, following the announcement of the verdict in the case of six Bosnian Croat wartime political and military leaders by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague and the suicide of the accused General Praljak in the courtroom.
"His act during the announcement of the verdict by the Appeals Chamber, when he took his own life, speaks the most of deep moral injustice towards the six Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian people. The Croatian government once again expresses its dissatisfaction with the verdict to Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, General Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic," the PM said at a special press conference in Zagreb.
The verdict erroneously alludes to the role of Croatia's state leadership in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina because the facts relating to the allegation of a joint criminal enterprise were not taken into account, the premier said.
"The government is of the view that the state leadership had nothing to do with the facts and interpretations in the verdict. It is absurd that the ICTY did not establish in any of its verdicts for Bosnia and Herzegovina the responsibility of Serbia's leadership for involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at creating a Greater Serbia and for a number of the gravest crimes that were cited in the verdict for Ratko Mladic," Plenkovic said.