Suspects interviewed over unconstitutional Bosnian Serb entity referendum

Two members of a commission which carried out an unconstitutional referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity on September 25 were interviewed at the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office in Sarajevo on Monday, telling reporters afterwards that there had been nothing unlawful in the entire case.

One of the commission members, Milan Petkovic, said that, aside from him and entity President Milorad Dodik, another two commission members had been summoned to the State Prosecutor's Office as suspects. He said they had only done the job entrusted them by the entity parliament.

"The commission and Dodik have absolutely no responsibility," Petkovic said, adding that the prosecutor asked him about his role in the commission and what its members had done.

The other commission member that was interviewed, Goran Zmijanac, too said he had done everything in line with the law.

Dodik refused to come to Sarajevo to be interviewed despite being summoned twice, claiming his life in the Bosnian capital is in danger.

The Bosnian Constitutional Court found that the authorities of the Serb entity, Republika Srpska, did not carry out its 2015 decision which ruled that observing January 9 as the entity's day was unconstitutional. Instead, the entity organised a referendum at which citizens had their say as to whether January 9 should remain an entity holiday despite the ruling.

Failure to comply with Constitutional Court decisions carries a prison sentence ranging from six months to five years.

Last update: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:51

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