Friday, December 30, 2016

Republika Srpska Leader Questioned Over Banned Referendum – BiH Prosecution

Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska is pictured on an election poster calling for votes for a referendum on their Statehood Day in Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 21, 2016

The president of Bosnia and Herzegovina's autonomous Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, was questioned on Friday for holding a referendum in violation of a ruling of the country's Constitutional Court, the Bosnian prosecutor’s office said on Friday. BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Dodik is accused of organizing a referendum on celebrating the Republika Srpska Day, which violated the Constitutional Court’s decision that banned the vote. "Suspect Dodik is under investigation over links to criminal non-compliance with the decision of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Boris Grubesic, press secretary of the Bosnian prosecutor’s office, said. 
Bosnian Serbs rally 29 March 2007 in Banja Luka to demand a referendum on the independence of their entity of Republika Srpska © AFP 2016/ STR Republika Srpska - ‘The Pyramid of Western Politics is Tumbling Down’ Republika Srpska is one of the two autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the other is the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
Their relations are largely affected by the civil war among Serbs, Bosnian Muslims and Croatians in 1992-1995. Republika Srpska does not agree to celebrate the national day of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 1, for on that day in 1992 the Bosnian parliament proclaimed the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina without the presence of Bosnian Serbs.

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