The Roman Catholic Bishop of Banja Luka, Franjo Komarica, said on Thursday that Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic had undoubtedly known everything about war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina but had done nothing to prevent them.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Hague war crimes tribunal's hearing later in the day, at which Karadzic will be handed down a verdict, Komarica said that he had written to Karadzic on many occasions during the 1992-95 war to inform him of numerous crimes against and persecution of non-Serbs in the area of the Banja Luka diocese.
He said that he had never received a reply.
"Both Karadzic and the then leading people were informed both in writing and orally of everything that was going on... They all knew what was going on and it was done on someone's orders," Komarica was quoted by the Fena news agency as saying.