Bosnian Serbs react to the general election, which saw nationalist Milorad Dodik take the lead in a vote for the Serb seat of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency. The country splintered along ethnic lines awaits final results due out later Monday.
Sarajevans say they are “disappointed” with a decision by UN judges to sentence a radical Serb leader to time served in an appeals hearing. Vojislav Seselj was found guilty on appeal of crimes against humanity, but the firebrand politician will remain a free man because of time already served behind bars while facing trial at the former Yugoslav war crimes court. The 44-month-long siege of Sarajevo took the lives of over 11,000 people during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.
Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that risked fanning ethnic tensions in the volatile region. The killers struck on the very day that Belgrade and Pristina resumed EU-moderated talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year.
Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was removed from the courtroom during a reading of the final verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia after an outburst against the judges of the tribunal.
The judges refused to adjourn the court on the demand of defence attorney Dragan Ivetic, who informed them of Mladic’s high blood pressure during the break.
The court sentenced the Serb to life in prison.
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