Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide and Movement of Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa sent a letter to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Theodor Meron.
The letter was also sent to Chief Hague Prosecutor Serge Brammertz concerning the request for provisional release of Hague convict Radovan Karadzic.
“In our inexhaustible efforts to find the truth and justice, we got worried because of the information on the request for provisional release of Radovan Karadzic. We believe that a temporary release of Radovan Karadzic, who was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war committed by Serbian forces from 1992 to 1995 during the war in BiH, will be used with the intention of Karadzic not to return to the Hague,” as emphasized in the letter.
They said that, according to information they have, any provisional release of Karadzic or Mladic would be an opportunity for their escape to Russia.
Moreover, they believe that their provisional release would cause chaos in the region.
“We must emphasize that the provisional release of Karadzic or Mladic are risk of their disappearance or liquidation for which we will personally hold you responsible. As you know, the case of Radovan Karadzic is the most important case of the Tribunal. The memory of the crimes he committed are still alive in BiH,” as emphasized in the letter.
They noted that claims of Serbia that they will fulfill all the provisions of the treaty with the ICTY are not guarantee for the fulfillment of obligations, but rather a deception.
They added that any provisional release of Karadzic or Mladic is an insult to the victims, and thus is unacceptable, as announced from the Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide.