Prosecutor Serge Brammertz told BIRN in an interview ahead of Ratko Mladic's trial verdict on Tuesday that he believes the crimes by Bosnian Serb forces committed in five Bosnian municipalities in 1992 represented the beginning of a genocide in the country which culminated in Srebrenica in July 1995.
The outlook for a conviction appears unpromising. Some experts have pointed out that former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic has already been acquitted of committing genocide in 1992, while others believe that the Hague prosecution did not gather enough evidence to prove the charge because it focused its efforts and resources on Srebrenica.
Radovan Karadzic was transferred from the UN Detention Unit in Scheveningen in The Hague to Britain on Wednesday, the former Bosnian Serb president's lawyer Goran Petronijevic told Bosnian media.
Petronijevic added that he had talked to Karadzic briefly on Wednesday when he landed in London, but has no further information on his whereabouts.
Former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic's defence has submitted a challenge to the decision on Tuesday by the UN court in The Hague to transfer him to a prison in Britain to serve his life sentence for genocide and other wartime crimes, claiming he could become the target for a potentially deadly attack by other prisoners.
Lawmakers in the Republika Srpska National Assembly voted on Tuesday evening to reject a demand from High Representative Valentin Inzko, the international overseer of Bosnia's peace agreement, for people convicted of war crimes to be stripped of decorations awarded to them by the National Assembly in 2016.