JUNE 3 2015 19:17h
Being a sovereign country, Croatia is entitled to decide in which judicial cases it will cooperate with Bosnia and Herzegovina, however, Sarajevo dismisses any claims that there have been any political connotations in indictments it has sent to Zagreb, according to a press release which the Bosnian justice ministry forwarded to Hina.
The press release was prompted by statements made by Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic who said that Croatia could not accept political indictments and extensive interpretation of participation in a criminal enterprise including members of Croatian armed forces, police, security and intelligence services and even some politicians and government officials.
"We will not accept political indictments now, 20 years after the war. And if someone is specifically responsible, they should be tried in Croatia. Croatia, however, will no longer accept political indictments," Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said.
Milanovic and Miljenic said that some war crimes indictments, because of which Bosnia has requested cooperation from Croatia's law enforcement authorities, include unfounded and unacceptable claims on the role of Croatia and its army during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The spokesman for the Bosnian Office of the State Prosecutor, Boris Grubesic, said that the Office would not comment on that.
The Bosnian justice ministry said in the press release that judicial agencies were independent in prosecuting war crimes. It recalled that Bosnia had always had fair and friendly relations with Croatia, including in the field of international legal aid.
"There is no need to undermine good intentions and good-neighbourly relations by something that has no political connotation whatsoever," the Bosnian ministry wrote in its response.