The Court in Paris yesterday reached a decision to extradite Radomir Šušnjar, accused of committing crimes in Višegrad in 1992, to the BiH judiciary. Bakira Hasečić, president of the Association Woman-Victim of War, was also present in the courtroom.
Hasečić was accompanies by Florence Hartmann, the former spokeswoman of The Hague Tribunal, who said that this is a step towards justice.
“This procedure has been going on for two years and I am happy that the French judge pronounced one such decision, unlike the French judge who read the acquitting verdict of Vojislav Šešelj. I believe this is also a piece of justice and an important thing, Hartmann said.
Hartmann said that France should not block this process because Šušnjar demands the BiH judiciary and being prosecuted in BiH.
Hasečić said that she also entered a verbal conflict with Šušnjar’s supporters in the courtroom.
“Although the process took long, because he was arrested in 2014, he is finally going to be extradited. He has the right to appeal. However, I hope that this decision will remain on force and that BiH judiciary will prosecute him. This is one of extraordinary days,” Hasečić said.
Radomir Šušnjar is under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH and accused of participating in a crime known as “the living pyre” in spring of 1992 in Višegrad. The living pyre took place when in mid-June 1992 around 60 civilians of Bosniak nationality, including women and children, were forcibly brought and closed in one house in Pionirska Street and then burnt alive. Only several victims survived the incineration.