*More articles about the reaction to the verdict can be found at the end of this post*
The first article I found about reaction to the verdict in BiH.
Not surprising there is a polarized reaction with regards to the verdict.
The Bosniaks interviewed in the article are upset that he was acquitted on the genocide charge and thought he should have been sentenced to a longer time in prison.
And that the verdict reflects a "reward for the crime committed against us."
The Bosnian Serbs interviewed in the article think that the acquittal on the genocide charge reflects a "great victory" because "they could not sentence him for genocide because there was no genocide" but, are upset at the length of the sentence.
I would disagree that the verdict reflects a "great victory" except perhaps for Krajisnik himself. (Although being sentenced to 27 years in prison is hardly a "victory.")
Because the trial chamber found that there was evidence to show that the crime of genocide did take place in Bosnia, only that the prosecution did not prove the intent to commit a crime.
And in order to be found guilty, they have to prove that 1. The crime occured and 2. That there was the intent to commit the crime.
At least that is my understanding.
If I find anymore articles on the reaction across Bosnia, I'll add it to this thread.
Recently added articles:
Reaction from politicians in the Federation.
Reaction from politicians in the RS
Again, the reaction is quite polarized across the country.
Reaction from politicians from the Federation was unanimously negative.
Reaction from politicans in the RS was mixed. With politicians in the RS saying that the verdict against Krajisnik is evidence of anti Serb bias at the Hague; but at the sametime the same politicians are quite happy about the acquittal on the genocide charge.
While I may not agree with each and every verdict, or with each and every sentence; and I certainly don't expect anyone else to agree with every single verdict that the Hague renders.
I don't get assertion that the ICTY court is either "pro" or "anti" one ethnic group or another. Saying that the verdict is evidence of "anti Serb" bias (or any other ethnic based bias for that matter) is a very irresponsible comment for a politician to make, in my opinion.
In case anyone is interested, here is the Wikipedia List of Indictees and Sentences