Bosnians protest over arrest of former president on war crime charge

13:54, March 06, 2010      

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Thousands of Bosnians took to the streets Friday to demand the release of Ejup Ganic, former president of Bosnia and Herzegovina who was arrested in Britain on war crime charge.

Ganic, 64, was detained at Heathrow Airport in London on March 1 on an Interpol warrant issued by Serbia on charges of conspiracy to kill wounded soldiers during the Balkan wars.

Protestors gathered outside the Serbian and British embassies in Sarajevo and slashed the Serbian government for seeking the extradition of Ganic and the British government for its complicity in this affair.

The British High Court said it would defer a decision on whether to grant Ganic bail until March 11, upon receipt of relevant documents from Serbia. Ganic's extradition hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 29.

Haris Silajdzic, a Muslim member of Bosnia's collective presidency, said that Serbia's action was an attack on its sovereignty and an attempt to discredit its "legitimate defense."

But Prime Minister Nikola Spiric, a Bosnian Serb, called the arrest of Ganic a clear message that "authority brings responsibility."

Source: Xinhua
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