Republika Srpska Searching for Ex HVO Members via Interpol

Lauren Simmonds

Interpol might not even accept the warrants.

As RTL reports and Slobodna Dalmacija writes on the 5th of December, 2017, Republika Srpska is looking for several former HVO (Croatian Defence Council/Hrvatsko Vijeće Obrane) members, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the other hand, is searching for two ex members of the Army of Republika Srpska (Vojska Republike Srpske/VRS).

It seems that Interpol may not even accept these warrants, and some of them haven’t been publicly disclosed in the interest of the ongoing investigation.

Among the former members of HVO being searched for are Ante Kurdija and Jozo Brica, who are believed to have ”captured, detained and mistreated Serbian civilians” in 1992 in Bosanska Posavina. As mentioned, Republika Srpska has contacted Interpol for help in locating these individuals, but Interpol may not be willing to partake in any of it.

The remaining eight HVO soldiers who are allegedly ”escaping from the judiciary” aren’t charged with serious war crimes like those we have seen Bosnian Serb Ratko Mladić be handed down a life sentence for, such as murder, genocide or deportation, rather so called ”mistreatment” of civilians.

In stark contrast to the aforementioned ex HVO members, the two former members of the Army of Republika Srpska on the receiving end of an Interpol warrant requested by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Svetozar Kosorić and Brane Gojković, are suspected of participating crimes against humanity, including genocide.

In addition, the neighbouring country is also seeking the detainment of some twenty members of various radical Islamic groups, their own citizens, who have been linked to terrorism and participating in the Syrian and Iraq wars.


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