Bosnia's "Accidental" Genocide
It is noteworthy that at this meeting, both Karadzic and Krajisnik were warned by Bosnian Serb military commander General Ratko Mladic, also indicted on genocide charges, that their plans could not be committed without committed genocide.
“People are not little stones, or keys in someone’s pocket, that can be moved from one place to another just like that... Therefore, we cannot precisely arrange for only Serbs to stay in one part of the country while removing others painlessly. I do not know how Mr Krajisnik and Mr Karadzic will explain that to the world. That is genocide,” said Mladic
Krajisnik Verdict Condemned Across Bosnia
In view of that fact, Director of the Sarajevo-based Research and Documentation Centre Mirsad Tokaca, who in June last year testified as a prosecution witness in Krajisinik’s trial, finds the verdict particularly unsatisfactory.
He says it’s completely illogical to convict army officers of genocide, and acquit a man who was a member of the political leadership who issued orders to the army.
“Bosnian Serb leaders, including Krajisnik, were the creators of the genocidal policy, and I find it shocking that he was acquitted of genocide,” he told IWPR.
He added that Krajsnik was much more influential and even more powerful than Karadzic, but always stayed in the shadow, carefully covering the traces of his role in the crimes. He admitted that this could be one of the main reasons why judges said they couldn’t find enough evidence, which would convince them of Krajisnik’s genocidal intent.
Interesting though, Krajisnik isn't exactly popular amongst the Bosnian Serbs either, primarily for his shady dealings and get rich projects at the expense of the people.