Bosnia's Islamic Community supports Banja Luka bishop

The leadership of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday expressed full support to Banja Luka Bishop Franjo Komarica, strongly condemning attacks he has been exposed to lately for recalling the persecution and suffering of Croats in the area of Banja Luka in the 1992-95 war.

"The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina respects very much Bishop Franjo Komarica. With his words and deeds he has shown that he is worthy of respect as a bishop, Catholic believer and human being," reads a statement released by the Islamic Community.

"In the most difficult days (of war), he stayed in Banja Luka with his people and together with the late Banja Luka Mufti, Ibrahim Halilovic, he offered hope to Catholics and Muslims in that city. The Islamic Community deplores any pressure or blackmail against this good, honourable and noble man," reads the statement.

Komarica recently compared the expulsion and exodus of Croats from the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska in the 1992-95 war with the plight of Croats at Bleiburg, Austria at the end of WWII, which was met with strong condemnation by the entity's leadership.

Last update: Wed, 25/05/2016 - 00:25
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