The Court in The Hague: We informed Sakib Softic that he was no longer the Agent of BiH in May of 2016

ICJ HaagThe Court in The Hague yesterday made the decision to reject the request for revision of judgment in the lawsuit of BiH against Serbia and thus was definitely rejected the application that Sakib Softic, the agent of BiH, submitted on the 23rd of February. However, the Hague Tribunal noted that they informed Softic that he has no longer the legitimacy to represent BiH in May 2016.

The court in The Hague, in the explanation of the decision, stated that Sakib Softic sent a letter to the court in May 2016 and asked whether his legitimacy is valid in the case of revision of judgment against Serbia, as it was in the case of the original proceedings from 2007.

Just a day after Softic wrote to The Hague, on the 26th of May 2016, the ICTY informed Softic that he will need a new appointment in case of revision of the judgment, which should have been made by the Presidency of BiH.

Given the fact that the Presidency of BiH, or any other institution of BiH, never appointed Softic for the agent again, his legitimacy is no longer valid.

Meanwhile, the member of the Presidency of BiH Mladen Ivanic (July 2016) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (February 2017) wrote to the court in The Hague and emphasized that no one appointed Softic for revision of the judgment.

After that, the Court in The Hague requested the individual expression of members of the Presidency of BiH on the status of agent Softic, and after that was made the decision to reject the application for revision, because the Presidency never re-appointed him to represent BiH in the process of revision of the judgment.

Now we have the question why Softic submitted the application and why they went with a revision procedure if there was a clear view of the ICTY from the 26th of May 2016 that new appointment is necessary for revision of the judgment.

(Source: S. H./Klix.ba)

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