EJUP GANIC DEFEATED SERBIA IN BRITISH COURT
Former Bosnian leader Ejup Ganic waves on arrival to Sarajevo International Airport on July 28, 2010, after travelling from Britain following a British court's rejection of a Serbian bid to have him extradited on war crimes charges. Ganic was arrested at London's Heathrow airport in March as Serbia sought his extradition on charges of ordering a series of atrocities in Sarajevo in May 1992, at the outset of the three-and-a-half year Bosnian war.
"These proceedings are brought and are being used for political purposes and as such amount to an abuse of the process of this court," Judge Timothy Workman said in his judgement at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. "I have concluded that there is no valid justification for commencing proceedings against Dr. Ganic."
Judge Workman said the government of Serbia had offered to drop the prosecution if the current Bosnian government endorsed a resolution acknowledging the 1995 Srebrenica massacre by the Serbian parliament. The Parliamentary Declaration on Srebrenica did not include the word Genocide. The resolution was, allegedly, an important step for Serbia's application to join the EU.