Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serb Leader Seeks Prosecution of Bosnian Presidency Chairman

Milorad Dodik said on Wednesday that he has filed a criminal complaint against Sefik Dzaferovic, the current chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, for allegedly abusing his position "by participating in the summit of the international Crimea Platform, without authorisation and without a decision from the presidency".

Bosnian Wartime Jail Guard Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

Ramiz Hodzic pleaded not guilty at the Cantonal Court in the city of Bihac on Wednesday to committing a war crime against the civilian population in the Velika Kladusa area in 1994.

"Honourable court, I understand the indictment and the charges against me, but I am not guilty," Hodzic said.

Bosnia Charges Croat Ex-Military Policeman with Beatings, Rape

The District Court in Doboj has confirmed an indictment charging Ante Pavic, a former military policeman with the Croatian Defence Council, the Bosnian Croat wartime force, with war crimes against civilians.

"Rubbish, full rubbish!"

That conference at which Schmidt became enraged caused a lot of reactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and the region, and Schmidt says today that everyone sometimes gets into such a situation.

Minister remembers ‘Bloody Christmas’ victims in Turkish Cyprus

Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, attending the reopening of the Museum of Barbarism after restoration works, has commemorated Turkish Cypriots who were subjected to cold-blooded atrocities in the 1963 "Bloody Christmas."

Bosniak Former Political Leader’s War Crimes Trial Set for September

It was announced at a status conference at the Bosnian state court on Wednesday that the high-profile trial of prominent wartime political leader Ejup Ganic and nine other defendants who are accused of involvement in war crimes in the high-profile Dobrovoljacka Street case will begin on September 21.

Russian Embassy Accuses West of ‘NATOisation’ of Bosnia

The Russian embassy in Sarajevo alleged on Tuesday that the impending arrival of German troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina to bolster the European Union's EUFOR peacekeeping force, also known as Operation Althea, was part of Western attempts to militarily dominate the Balkan country.

Complaints over Political Hiring in Bosnia

Prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina's Republika Srpska entity are investigating Bosnian Serb MP Jelena Doric following a complaint over her appointment as acting director of the entity's roads authority in apparent violation of a law concerning conflict of interest.

Bridge diving brings adrenaline kicks to Soča river area

Kanal – The traditional bridge diving event in the town of Kanal in western Slovenia will be held on Sunday in what promises to be an event spiced up with a potent dose of adrenaline. Astonishing views are guaranteed as the Kanal Bridge crosses the Soča river, famous for its emerald hues.

War Criminal’s Escape Outrages Bosnian Serb Victims Associations

Sakib Mahmuljin, the former commander of the Third Corps of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ABiH, was sentenced by the Appeal Chamber of the State Court in April to eight years in prison for crimes committed in 1995 in Vozuca and Zavidovici.

But he is not serving his jail sentence and is instead undergoing medical treatment in Turkey, his lawyer confirmed to BIRN. 

BIRN Journalists Threatened by Turkish Far-Right ‘Wolves’

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The threats were sent from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and from Turkey, on June 28, and since then, after BIRN published an investigation into the Grey Wolves organisation's branch and its activities in Bosnia.

Kuloglija and Buyuk continued to receive messages on their phones with intimidating content after the publication of the article.

Pahor and Erdogan discuss cooperation, Ukraine, W Balkans

Ankara – President Borut Pahor met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan before wrapping up his two-day trip to Ankara on Wednesday. The presidents confirmed that relations between Slovenia and Turkey were good and friendly. They talked about the war in Ukraine and the Western Balkans, agreeing on a meeting in September.

Pahor discusses Ukraine war effects for W Balkans in Turkey

Ankara – President Borut Pahor started a two-day state visit to Turkey on Tuesday, meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu in Ankara. The pair talked above all about the war in Ukraine and its consequences for the Western Balkans. Pahor also raised this point as he addressed the annual meeting of Turkish diplomats.