Former Bosnian Serb President, Bilyana Plavsich, has arrived in Belgrade to a hero’s welcome. She has been released early after serving two-thirds of her jail term in Sweden.
Cameras were there to capture the moment she was reunited with her brother. In 2003 she was sentenced to 11 years in prison for war crimes including persecution on racial and religious grounds. Plavsich was one of Radovan Karadzic’s deputies during the war. Dubbed the “Iron Lady of Bosnia’s Serb Republic”, she is still popular with people in the city of Banja Luka: “She fought for us throughout the war. She was convicted, whilst others who committed crimes against us weren’t convicted.” “Genocide happens to all nations here – Serbs, Croats and Muslims. We should be realistic. Everyone should be on trial.” Back on home soil after more than six years in a Swedish prison, Plavsich is headline news. The 79- year old has said she needs time to rest and is not expected to return to politics.