“Momcilo Krajisnik is one of the major war criminals in the history of Europe. He will be remembered as a signatory to the six strategic goals of a genocidal policy, Zeljko Komsic, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, told Fena news agency on Tuesday.
“His role in genocide is explained in detail in the verdicts of The Hague Tribunal and we cannot talk about Krajisnik outside the context of those verdicts,” Komsic concluded.
On Tuesday morning at 6 o’clock in the Clinic of Intensive Care Medicine for non-surgical branches of the University Clinical Centre of Republika Srpska, Momcilo Krajisnik passed away as a result of a coronavirus infection.
This was announced from the University Clinical Center of Republika Srpska.
Krajisnik was admitted to the Clinic of Intensive Care of the University Medical Center on August 30, and he had been connected to a respirator for days.
Krajisnik was sentenced before the Hague Tribunal for extermination, murder, persecution on political, racial or religious grounds, deportation and inhuman treatment, as well as crimes against humanity, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The operative indictment against Krajišnik charged that between 1 July 1991 and 30 December 1992, Krajišnik, Plavšić and others, including Slobodan Milošević, Željko Ražnatović aka “Arkan”, Radovan Karadžićand Ratko Mladić, participated in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) in which they planned, instigated, ordered, committed or otherwise aided and abetted the planning, preparation or execution of persecutions of the Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat or other non-Serb populations of 37 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The objective of the JCE was primarily achieved through a manifest pattern of persecutions as alleged in the indictment.
It is alleged that Krajišnik held a prominent position in the Bosnian Serb leadership. He was a member of the National Security Council, the Expanded Presidency of the “Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, the Main Board of the Serbian Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDS) and the Bosnian Serb Assembly, of which he was also President. By virtue of those associations, positions and memberships, he had de facto control and authority over the Bosnian Serb forces and Bosnian Serb political and governmental organs and their agents, who participated in the crimes alleged in the indictment.
As a consequence, it was alleged that Krajišnik knew or had reason to know that all the crimes alleged in the indictment were about to be committed or had been committed by his subordinates and he failed to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent such acts or punish the perpetrators thereof.
Krajišnik was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility with genocide, persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts and murder.