Russian-trained mercenaries are helping establishment a paramilitary unit serving the Serb separatist leader in Bosnia, it was reported in Sarajevo on Friday.
The report on the Žurnal news site, which was confirmed by the Bosnian security minister, comes at a time of mounting western anxiety about Russian efforts to destabilise the Balkans and resist Nato enlargement in the region.
On Tuesday, Milorad Dodik, the hardline leader of the Serb half of Bosnia, staged a military parade in Banja Luka in defiance of a ruling by the country’s constitutional court.
The Žurnal report said that a militia called “Serbian Honour” – which it said had been trained in a Russian-funded “humanitarian centre” in Serbia – was in the process of setting up a paramilitary group to be used against Dodik’s opponents.
Bosnian authorities have charged 25 Muslim wartime officials and four Bosnian Serb officers with committing war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war in the country’s bloody 1990s conflict.
Prosecutors in Sarajevo said on December 29 that 11 former Muslim members of the Bosnian Army were charged with taking part in an attack against the Serb village of Cemerno in the region of Ilijas, north of Sarajevo, in which 30 people were killed.
In another case, 14 former Muslim police and military officials were indicted for war crimes allegedly committed against dozens of Serbs in the southern region of Konjic, the Sarajevo state prosecutor’s office said.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Sarajevo prosecutors indicted 14 Bosnian Muslim wartime army officers and soldiers for alleged murder, torture and persecution of Bosnian Serb civilians around the town of Konjic during the country’s 1990s war.
Ten of the indicted men are already in detention, the Sarajevo state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Thursday.
A Bosnian-Croat war chief has died after downing poison during his war crimes trial at The Hague, Croatian state TV reports.
Slobodan Praljak yelled, ‘I am not a war criminal!’ and drank a dark liquid from a small bottle seconds after losing his appeal against a 20-year prison sentence at the International Criminal Tribunal, in the Netherlands.
His lawyer shouted out ‘my client has taken poison’ before a judge suspended the hearing and the courtroom was closed.
Moments later ambulance crews arrived at the scene and a helicopter began hovering overhead.
Western leaders are ignoring a growing terrorist nightmare originating from Bosnia as battle-hardened ISIS fighters return to the country and are finding protection in its Islamic “safe havens,” The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.
Bosnia and Herzegovina — a Muslim-majority country in southeastern Europe more popularly known as “Bosnia” — have put out the welcome mat to the foreign fighters, making it clear that shelter is available to them. Bosnia was formerly part of Yugoslavia, one of the Soviet Union’s Eastern European satellites.
Locals are fuming because they are are only allowed into the site in the south-eastern Europe country if they are servants or cleaners.
The complex is surrounded by heavy security, gates and high walls and the locals think it is unlawful for foreigners to buy up part of the country and then ban them from entering.
Angry locals are protesting about a town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where only Arabs are allowed and most of the homes contain woman who are the third or fourth wives of wealthy sheikhs.
The 160 homes in the luxury enclave near Tarcin, five miles west of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, was built by investors from the Middle East and has Arabic as its official language.
Locals are furious because they are only allowed in if they are hired as servants or cleaners.
A thirty-six year old woman from Sarajevo, who has two children from her first marriage, told BIRN about how she married an Arab, to become his second wife.
She says her new husband, who is 51, originally came to Bosnia for business, to open a small company in Sarajevo. They met, the woman recalls, when he came to her place of work. She says they joked and she noticed him looking at her.
After a while, a mutual friend who is already married to an Arab introduced them. This friend explained that the man was looking for a Bosnian wife, to help her if he could.
The imam in the Bosnian mountain village spoke in flawless American English. Any suggestion that his area was an extremist stronghold was false, insisted Edis Bosnic.
“We are enemies of the state only because we are calling people away from vice, drugs and alcohol and urging them to come back to decent values,” he said.
Radical Islamists have found a new refuge in Bosnia. They recruit fighters, promote jihad and preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam — just across the border from the European Union.
Almost nothing remains of Ibro. There is just a single childhood photo remaining, an image of a flaxen-haired five-year-old that Ibro’s father scanned so he could always carry it with him on his mobile phone. But no recent pictures are available. Before Ibro left Bosnia to join Islamic State (IS) in 2014, he tore up all the images of himself he could find. His interpretation of Sharia included the belief that images of people were haram — forbidden.
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s supervising judicial authority has upheld a ban on wearing the Islamic head scarf and other religious symbols in courts and other legal institutions.
The decision to uphold the ban on the hijab was announced by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) on February 11 and came despite weekend protests in the capital and several other Bosnian towns.
Women in Bosnia took to the streets Sunday, to protest a ban on the donning of customary Muslim headscarves at judicial institutions.
Around 2,000 women carried out an hour-long march through the country’s capital city, Sarajevo, reports the BBC.
Although the ban, instituted by a regulatory authority for Bosnia’s judiciary, encompasses all “religious signs,” it specifically mentions the headscarf or hijab.
Protest organizer Samira Zunic Velagic told the BBC that the ban is a “serious attack against Muslim honor, personality and identity” intended to take away Muslim women’s right to work.
Muslims make up about 40% (of the population of Bosnia)…
Authorities in Bosnia have conducted a series of raids, arresting at least 11 people suspected of links with Islamic State group, terrorism financing and recruitment as well as plotting terror acts.
Police and country’s intelligence services raided two places of religious assembly and several residential buildings. The operation was conducted in several Sarajevo districts, including in Rajlovac, where two soldiers were killed in November in a suspected ISIS-inspired terror attack by a man who blew himself up.
MAKLJENOVAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Marko and Kata Pranjic returned to their village in Bosnia-Herzegovina two decades ago, hoping to put the horrors of war behind them after a Western-brokered peace deal ended the conflict that tore their country apart.
But 20 years after the Dayton Accords were hammered out on an air base in the U.S. state of Ohio, the war’s shadow hangs stubbornly over Makljenovac.
SARAJEVO:Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested three Muslim men for war crimes against ethnic Serb civilians during the country’s 1990s conflict when they were serving as police and army commanders, a prosecutor said.
Two of those arrested — Esef Huric and Ibro Merkez — are suspected of involvement in the detention of about 100 ethnic Serbs in “inhumane conditions” in the eastern region of Gorazde, said a statement from Bosnia’s prosecutor for war crimes.