Geoffrey Nice: Putin will be marked as a wanted person for rest of his life

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Geoffrey Nice, the former prosecutor at the UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY), said that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be marked for the rest of his life as a wanted person and as a person responsible for war crimes, unless he is acquitted of charges which does not seem likely to happen. Pročitaj više

Speaking to N1, Nice assessed the arrest warrant, issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), as a very important development.

Asked if Putin will be brought to justice, he replied that nobody expected Slobodan Milosevic would appear before court but he did.

The fact that US President Joe Biden supported the idea of bringing Putin to justice is a major thing, according to Nice.

British law expert also spoke about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the war crimes and trials that followed before the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina's lawsuit against Serbia for genocide before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In 2007 ruled that Serbia did violate the Convention on Genocide for not doing everything in its power to prevent genocide in BiH and for not punishing the perpetrators or handing them over to The Hague tribunal, but was not found responsible for the Srebrenica genocide committed by the Bosnian Serb forces.

Ten years later, then Bosniak Presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic filed a request for the revision of the ruling but the ICJ rejected it, saying that no decision has been taken by the competent authorities on the behalf of Bosnia as a state to request the revision.

Commenting on the issue, Nice said he would not like to speak about Izetbegovic's intentions but that filing a document that is known to be unsuccessful and refusing to meet him to discuss this process speaks a lot and everyone should make their own conclusion on that.

Due to the complexity of Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitutional and political system, the expert explained that the country is in a bad position to submit another request for the revision of the ruling.

Asked if the victims can expect even a minimum of justice or compensation, Nice replied that this is an issue he is thinking about more than any other problem when assessing his own and the work of the tribunal.

There were many trials and there could be some consolation or the resolve for the victims the trials referred to, according to him.

Despite good intentions of the majority at The Hague Tribunal, Bosnians and Herzegovinians did not get a clear vision of morally right and wrong in the conflicts of the 1990s, he said, adding that he regrets it.