Bosnia appeal in genocide case against Serbia rejected

The International Court of Justice in The Hague rejected Bosnia’s appeal to review a 2007 genocide case that cleared Serbia.
According to Bosnia Herzegovina’s presidency, the request for the revision of the genocide case was rejected on the grounds that “the decision to reopen the case is not a joint decision of the council members”.
“On the grounds that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s decision to reopen the genocide case against Serbia was not a decision taken by the competent authorities of the state, nothing can be done about the application made for the revision of the decision on February 26th, 2007,” says the statement from the office of presidency.
At a press conference Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, stressed that the gates of the International Court of Justice were closed to people seeking justice.
“The decision taken by the court is not a correct decision because it is necessary to base this decision on documents and evidence. The International Court of Justice has shown a political attitude, not a legal one…”
“The International Court of Justice has proven that there is no justice for small nations with this decision,” said Izetbegovic.
Hatidza Mehmedovic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica Association, said the international community was complicit in the fighting in Bosnia and the genocide in Srebrenica.
“We hoped that there would be justice, but there is no justice,” said Mehmedovic.
Although it described Srebrenica as a case of genocide, it did not find Serbia guilty of being directly responsible for the killings. The statute of limitation to reopen the case will expire at the end of February.

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