After the signing of the Dayton peace accords in 1996, Momcilo Krajisnik became the Serb representative of the three-member Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency. Complete details about his role in the Bosnian war were still to come to light.
The convictions that remain against Krajisnik include deportation, forcible transfer and persecution of non-Serb civilians during the 1992-95 conflict. He had earlier been accused of taking part in what prosecutors called a “joint criminal enterprise”. The aim, the court heard, was to ethnically recompose the territories under the control of the Bosnian-Serb Republic. In other words, drastically reduce the proportion of non-Serbs. Krajisnik was accused of working alongside Radovan Karadzic and other Bosnian Serb leaders, with their base in the city of Pale. In quashing the murder and extermination convictions imposed at Krajisnik’s original trial in 2006, the appeal judges say the prosecution failed to identify when those acts became part of the common goal of the leadership in Pale. Krajisnik was arrested and transferrred to the Hague in April 2000, but he always maintained his innocence. Since it was set up 15 years ago, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has completed trials against 117 people. The court says of the 161 suspects indicted, only two remain on the run: Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic.