Dr. Radovan KaradzicInternational Criminal Tribunal for the former YugoslaviaThe Hague, Netherlands
President Bakir IzetbegovicPresidency of Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaDear President Izetbegovic,I thank you for your interest in my case, as evidenced by your letter to ICTYProsecutor Serge Brammertz encouraging him to appeal the recent decision of the TrialChamber acquitting me of the charge of genocide in the municipalities of Bosnia during
Frankly, I was surprised by your public expression of dissatisfaction with thatdecision. It doesn't seem like a productive way to assist in the reconciliation of ourpeople.Your government spent millions to persuade the International Court of Justice thatgenocide had been committed in the municipalities of Bosnia in
and you lost. ThatCourt decided in
that the events did not constitute genocide. I don't understandwhy you would expect the ICTY to decide any differently.I hope that you had the agreement of the other members of the Presidency to writesuch a letter. I also hope that you do not interject yourself that way in cases pendingbefore the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Playing that kind of role which mixespolitics and law makes bad law and even worse politics.However, there is a constructive way for you to participate in my case-bytestifying as a defence witness in my trial,. I believe that your testimony could shed lighton many aspects of my case that would allow the Tribunal to understand the full contextof the events during the war. You can answer questions about the activities of thePresidency in
and the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA) in obtaining armsand military equipment in violation of the United Nations arms embargo. As you know,many of those arms ended up in the hands of the ABiH's
Division in Srebrenica, whoused them to attack Serb civilians and caused us to take action against that "safe area."In addition, I would like to ask you about the allegations that the Bosniangovernment staged some of the notorious shelling incidents in Sarajevo as a means ofobtaining international intervention on its side in the war.