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Former Bosnian president arrested

Former Bosnian president Dr. Ejup Ganić was arrested by the Metropolitan Police at Heathrow Airport, London on Monday. He was attempting to leave the United Kingdom when authorities apprehended him.

Ganić was arrested on an extradition warrant issued by the Serbian government for alleged warcrimes he committed during the 1990s Balkans conflict. He is accused of involvement in a 1992 attack on a Yugoslav army convoy in Sarajevo where more than 40 people were killed.

The Scotland Yard said Ganić “was arrested on behalf of the Serbian authorities under a provisional extradition warrant alleging ‘conspiracy to murder with other named people and breach of the Geneva Convention, namely killing wounded soldiers…’,”. A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed Ganić’s arrest following “a extradition request” from Serbian government. Read More…

On this day December 14, 1995

The Dayton Agreement was signed in Paris to end the Bosnian War, establishing, among others, a new structure of government and political divisions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also known as the Dayton Agreement was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio in November 1995, and formally signed in Paris on December 14, 1995. Read More…

On this day November 26, 1942

Josip Broz Tito and the Yugoslav Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia in the hope of gaining political legitimacy.

Josip Broz Tito

The AVNOJ (Antifašističko V(ij)eće Narodnog Oslobođenja Jugoslavije), standing for “Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia”, was the political umbrella organization for the people’s liberation committees that was established to administer territories under their control.

It was under the political leadership of the main resistance forces of Yugoslavia, during the Axis occupation of World War II.

Comprising a committee of both the communist and non-communist Partisan representatives, under Josip Broz Tito, AVNOJ proclaimed support for: democracy; the rights of ethnic minorities; the inviolability of private property; and freedom of individual economic initiative for the different groups. Read More…

Radovan Karadžić arrested on war crimes charges

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić was arrested by police in Serbia on war crimes charges, including genocide, after a 12-year manhunt.

Radovan Karadžić

Radovan Karadžić

Indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Presidential and government sources in Belgrade reported that he had been arrested in Serbia and brought before Belgrade’s War Crimes Court.

There had been an outstanding international arrest warrant against Karadžić for more than a decade following Rule 61 of ICTY which concluded that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the accused has committed war crimes including genocide. The United States government had offered a $5 million award for his and Ratko Mladić’s arrests.

On this day July 11, 1995

Burial of 465 identified Bosniak civilians (July 11, 2007)

Burial of 465 identified Bosniak civilians (July 11, 2007)

Srebrenica Genocide was the July 1995 killing of an estimated 8,000 Bosniak men and boys, in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić during the Bosnian War. In addition to the Army of Republika Srpska, a paramilitary unit from Serbia known as the “Scorpions” participated in the massacre.

The Srebrenica massacre is the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II. In 2004, in a unanimous ruling on the “Prosecutor v. Krstić” case, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), located in The Hague, ruled that the Srebrenica massacre was genocide. Read More…