BELGRADE – Any revision of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s lawsuit against Serbia is practically a hopeless case in the wake of the Radovan Karadzic verdict, says lawyer Novak Lukic, who was a member of the Serbian legal team in the Croatia v. Serbia dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
For a revision to take place, a new fact, unknown at the time of the delivery of the verdict – whereby Serbia was found not guilty of genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina – would have to be established within 10 years of the verdict, Lukic told Politika Monday.
The period expires next year, and Lukic says that “there are no new facts in the Karadzic verdict.”
“There is no verdict for genocide in seven municipalities, which means that the Bosnians have no grounds to seek a revision of the proceedings before the ICJ in The Hague,” Lukic noted.
In the verdict, Slobodan Milosevic’s name is omitted from the list of participants in a joint criminal enterprise, even though the former Serbian president had in the past had a prominent place in indictments against Karadzic, Lukic said.
It is clear from the Karadzic verdict that, in a way, the ICTY has cleared Milosevic of responsibility for the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, because of his conflict with Karadzic that rules out a major role of Serbia in the Bosnian war, Lukic said.