MIDHAT SALIHOVIC ARRESTED AND RELEASED
PHOTO: In April 1992, photojournalist Ron Haviv (video) photographed evidence of Serbs committing Bosnian Genocide and killing Bosniak civilians in the town of Bijeljina.
It is important to note that RS planned and organized the 1995 Srebrenica genocide and they have no authority to make bogus claims about alleged war crimes of Bosniaks. Instead, they should worry about crimes that Serbs, from heavily militarized Serb villages around Srebrenica, committed against hundreds of Bosniak villages in the area, including numerous massacres and widespread ethnic cleansing against the Bosnian Muslim population of Podrinje in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. After having been questioned, Midhat Salihovic was released from custody.
According to the NGOs, Salihović, who lives in Sweden, had traveled to Potočari to attend the funeral of his father and brother, both victims of the genocide, and was arrested on Saturday on a warrant issued by the Bijelina District Court, where he is suspected of war crimes against the Srebrenica Serbs.
Following the arrest of Salihovic, survivors associations from Srebrenica threatened to cancel this year’s 14th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.
Munira Subasic, President of the Association of “Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves, said the associations would submit a request to the Prosecution and Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling on them to “take over all cases and suspects” from the Srebrenica and eastern Bosnia areas, because local courts “have nothing to do with them”.
“Secondly, we request the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina to render a decision declaring July 11 as a day of mourning. In other words, we call on it to adopt the Resolution already adopted by the European Parliament. The fact that the flag will be lowered in front of the European Parliament building on July 11, while one Entity in our country will mourn and the second one will celebrate is shameful,” Subasic told Justice Report.
A joint statement from Women in Black (Belgrade), JUKOM, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights expresses “anger“ over “this cynical and criminal move by the Bijelina court.“
The NGOs focused their anger on the Republic of Srpska (RS) authorities, headed by Prime Minister Milorad Dodik, and the Bijelina courts, who, “instead of going after criminals, are persecuting the survivors of the genocide.“
Neither do the Serbian authorities nor President Boris Tadić escape the NGOs’ wrath, who, they say, “continue to work towards a relativization of the criminal past and display full understanding for Milorad Dodik’s criminal policy.“
The NGOs also criticize the international community for “tolerating Milorad Dodik’s secessionist and, essentially, belligerent policy,“ which “does nothing to bring its powers in Bosnia-Herzegovina to bear on eliminating sources of future wars and future genocides.“
In the statement, the NGOs call on the Serbian authorities “to at least distance themselves from the aggressive and dangerous policy“ of the RS, and urge the international community to work energetically to prevent attempts to equate crimes and victims, and to put a stop to the dangerous policies pursued by Dodik and the remaining RS political forces.
“On behalf of all the citizens of Serbia who have not lost their human dignity, we once again voice our solidarity with the families of the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, as well as our resolve never to forget the crimes perpetrated in our name,“ the statement stresses.
The Bosnian prosecution announced today that Salihović, whom the RS authorities arrested two days ago on suspicion of crimes committed against Serbs in Srebrenica, had not been detained on a Bosnian warrant, nor had that institution issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Bosnian prosecution added that members of the Bosnian border police had arrested Salihović at the Orašje border crossing on Saturday, on a warrant issued by the Bijelina District Court.