News 18 Jun 14

Radovan Karadzic's Daughter Enters Bosnian Politics

Sonja Karadzic-Jovicevic, the daughter of the former Bosnian Serb president who is on trial for war crimes, has been chosen as a parliamentary candidate for upcoming elections.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo
Sonja Karadzic. Photo: SDS.

The Serb Democratic Party announced on Wednesday that the daughter of the man on trial for some of the worst atrocities of the Bosnian conflict would be its candidate for the Serb-led Republika Srpska entity’s parliament at elections in October.

Sonja Karadzic-Jovicevic will run for the SDS party, which was once led by her father, in the town of Pale, which was his wartime stronghold.

She said that it was a special honour to be nominated by the SDS party in Pale, because that was “where the foundations of Republika Srpska were laid”.

“The function of a People’s Assembly delegate is to listen to the people and to answer to them, depending on what issues they are faced with. Issues related to family, youth and healthcare are going to be my priority, since they are close to my professional career,” she said in a statement on the party’s website.

Karadzic-Jovicevic added that she was sure that the SDS would do well at the upcoming polls, would continue to maintain Serb solidarity and to “think Serb”.

Miodrag Kovacevic, the president of the SDS’s municipal council in Pale, said that Karadzic’s daughter had been chosen because of her devotion to “protecting the interests of her people”.

Her candidacy would “connect the links from the 1990s to today”, he said.

Radovan Karadzic is on trial at the Hague Tribunal for genocide in Srebrenica and seven other Bosnian municipalities, the persecution of the non-Serb population across the country, terrorising the besieged population of Sarajevo and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.

The indictment against him alleges that as the president of the SDS, he took part in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at removing Bosniaks and Croats from territory under Serb control.

His daughter has criticised the UN-backed court in The Hague for representing Western political interests.

“It seems to me that there is no chance, or there is just a little chance for one Serb man to have a fair trial,” she told the Russia Today television channel in 2009.

“The Hague Tribunal is not a court of justice, but just some kind of disciplinary commission of NATO,” she said.

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