The President of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, on Tuesday said an investigation launched into him over an anti-constitutional referendum on the day of this entity was "a farce", adding however that he would comply with the summons for questioning, but not in Sarajevo, where his "life is in danger."
The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina last November ruled that marking 9 January as Republika Srpska Day was unconstitutional as it discriminated against Croats and Bosniaks living in that entity.
Despite the ruling, the authorities of the Bosnian Serb entity insisted on the implementation of the referendum, which was held on Sunday and which had a turnout of approximately 55% of the registered voters, 99.8% of whom voted in favour of January 9 being marked as Republika Srpska Day.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina State Prosecutor's Office on Monday summoned Dodik for questioning as part of an investigation into the organisation of the illegal referendum held in the entity on 25 September.
"I will most definitely not go to Sarajevo," Dodik told the press in Banja Luka, claiming that his life was at risk in Bosnia's capital.
Dodik added that this was the fault of the chairman of Bosnia's collective presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, who said that Dodik could end up like Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
"By saying that, he (Izetbegovic) ordered extremist groups to go after Dodik," he said.
Dodik also said he was surprised that he was the only person summoned in his capacity as a suspect, although a large number of people had publicly supported the referendum.
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