News 13 Jan 15

Bosnian Party Accused of Harbouring War Criminals

The outgoing deputy president of Bosnia’s Federation entity sent thousands of documents to the prosecution about war crimes in which he alleges officials from his former Party for Democratic Action were involved.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Mirsad Kebo.

Outgoing deputy Federation president and former Party for Democratic Action (SDA) member Mirsad Kebo told BIRN on Tuesday that he sent the allegedly incriminating army and police documents to the state prosecution office with a criminal complaint about wartime crimes against Serb civilians in Vozuca, near Zavidovici.

“This evidence contains information about the crimes of the Mudjahedin fighters and those who actually supported and commanded this unit,” said Kebo.

He claimed that the documents mention the name of former Zenica police commander Sefik Dzaferovic, now a high-ranking current SDA official who has recently been elected as the president of the Bosnian parliament’s House of Representatives.

“The documents mention people who knew about war crimes and did not report them, which they had an obligation to do,” Kebo said.

He said that he also sent photographs to the prosecution which show SDA acting president Bakir Izetbegovic and Dzaferovic entering an Iranian intelligence center in Zenica and claimed that Izetbegovic is the “leader of [Islamic] radicalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

The SDA responded by accusing Kebo of spreading “lies and cheap fabrications” about prominent former commanders of the Bosnian Army.

“Losing his function and power, Kebo is losing the last shreds of his human and patriotic honour, becoming instead a servant of political forces who want to stop the formation of levels of government in Bosnia and Herzegovina, destabilise coalitions and the entire country,” the SDA said in a statement.

It accused Kebo of wanting to “place the stigma of Islamic radicalism on the Bosniak people on the wave of the growing Islamophobia in the world”.

“The question should rightly be posed – who, and with what aim, gave Kebo the war archives of the Bosnian army and police and placed falsified documents within them?” it asked.

Bosnian Serb officials have already announced they will ask for the removal of Dzaferovic from his position in the Bosnian parliament if the documents are verified as true.

The SDA was the clear winner in the Bosnian Federation entity in the October elections last year and is expected to be part of the government on all the country’s various administrative levels.

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