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All war crimes trials must be public, as well as the full names of the perpetrators, while the current practice of ‘anonymisation’ of suspects should end, a conference in Sarajevo heard.
Nermin Niksic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of Bosnia's two entities, on May 5 warned that the entity budget faced a crisis due to the cancellation of an expected tranche of IMF money.
The IMF representative to Bosnia, Ruben Ayotan, blamed Bosnia's failure to adopt key laws for the blockage of the cash.
EASTERN SARAJEVO - Serbs from Republika Srpska (RS) commemorated on Saturday the death of 42 soldiers of the former Yugoslav Army (JNA) who were killed in the Dobrovoljacka street in Sarajevo 22 years ago, and at the same time, former members of the so called Green Berets gathered at the same location, but they dispersed without incident.
Serbia safe country of origin, asylum requests "groundless"
BERLIN -- The German government adopted on Wednesday an asylum bill that declares Serbia a safe country of origin.
This makes asylum requests by Serbian citizens groundless in principle and shortening the procedure of repatriating asylum-seekers.
As a gesture of gratitude to former Pope John Paul II, recently procaimed a saint, a statue of the Catholic leader was unveiled in Sarajevo on April 30 to the delight of Bosnian Catholics and many other interested citizens in the mainly Muslim city.
The statue, made from a type of alumimium, represents the former Pontiff in an attitude of prayer.
Štrpce war crimes case "largely solved"
BELGRADE -- The case of the murder of passengers abducted from a train in Štrpce 21 years ago is now "largely solved," Bruno Vekarić has said.
There are more than 20 suspects in the territories of Serbia and Bosnia, the Serbian deputy war crimes prosecutor told B92.
EULEX said detention on remand has been extended until July 7 for Kelmendi, who was arrested on May 5, 2013 by Kosovo police acting on an international arrest warrant. Fuad Nikqi, suspected of assisting Kelmendi, was also arrested.
A EULEX prosecutor then opened an investigation into the case based on the same offences that Kelmendi has been accused of in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Scotland and Catalonia similar to RS - Dodik
BANJA LUKA -- The Serb Republic, RS, should separate from Bosnia-Herzegovina as it cannot get "anything useful" from it, Milorad Dodik has told Newsweek.
The president of the Serb Republic entity cited the secession processes in Scotland and Catalonia as "similar examples."
SARAJEVO - The chief prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Serge Brammertz has said that, following a recent visit to Sarajevo, he is disappointed with the progress in war crimes investigations transferred several years ago by the ICTY Prosecutor's Office to Bosnia.
The House of Peoples, one of two chambers of Bosnia's parliament, confirmed the dismissal of Fahrudin Radoncic on April 29, citing his responsibility for public unrest and attacks on state institutions in February.
Confirmation of the decision on Tuesday came with seven delegates voting for, two against and two abstaining.
The proposed new international protocol on documenting and investigating wartime sexual violence will utilise Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 20 years of experience in dealing with sensitive cases.