Saturday, October 1, 2011

Croatian government adopts bill annulling Serbian indictments

The Croatian government adopted Thursday a bill which annuls all indictments and verdicts against Croatian citizens issued in Serbia.

Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor pointed out that when the parliament passes the law, all legal acts of the Yugoslav National Army, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia dating from the 1990s war which accused or convicted Croatian citizens will be declared a nullity.

Only Deputy Prime Minister Slobodan Uzelac voted against the bill, the adoption of which was reasoned by the fear of Serbian legal aggression.

Commenting on Serbia's Law on Organization and Competence of Government Authorities in War Crime Proceedings, Kosor said that she does not recognize the law, since no state has the right to make decisions or in any way interfere in issues which are under jurisdiction of another state.

Kosor evaluated that with that law Serbia expanded its jurisdiction on crimes committed on the territory of another state, contrary to the territorial principle of the international law which is an expression of state sovereignty.

For that reason, Croatia has the legitimate right and duty to protect its sovereignty and autonomy, and it will not allow any country to interfere in its judiciary, she underscored, adding that the law does not question the fulfillment of Croatia's obligations towards the International Court of Justice.

About ten days ago, Serbia forwarded the indictments for war crimes and genocide against the Serbs in Vukovar to Croatia, and the list comprises around 40 names, among which the then commanders of crisis staffs in Slavonija Vladimir Seks, Branimir Glavas and Tomislav Mercep.

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