Radoslav Brdjanin, Bosnian Serb War Criminal, dies at 74

Radoslav Brdjanin was a Bosnian Serb political leader and war criminal who was born on February 9, 1948, in Čelinac, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. In the year 2004, he was sentenced to 32 years imprisonment by International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia for crimes committed during the Bosnian War.

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Freed Bosnian Serb War Criminal, Radoslav Brdjanin Dies at 74

Radoslav Brdjanin, who was wartime leader of a Serb-run rebel territory called Autonomous Region of Krajina in Bosnia and Herzegovina, died at the age of 74, after few days after his release from prison.

The war criminal died on Wednesday in a hospital in Banja Luka of Bosnia and Herzegovina after being admitted earlier in the week with signs of multiple organ failure. He had been hospitalized after he returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Brdjanin had been granted early release after serving 23 years of a 30-year prison sentence because of crimes against humanity.

“After several days of hospitalization and treatment by a medical team various gastroenterologists, abdominal surgeons, oncologists and radiologists and many others efforts of the medical staff to save his life, but they are unable to save Brdjanin,” said the University Clinical Centre of Republika Srpska, where he was being treated.

Milorad Dodik, who is the Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency and political leader of Bosnian Serbs, sent his condolences to Brdjanin’s departed family. “I was deeply shaken by heartbreaking news of the death of Radoslav Brdjanin, who was a great patriot who sacrificed most of his life for the freedom and survival of Serb people in this area,” Dodik wrote on Twitter.

Let’s Know about the Early Life of Radoslav Brdjanin

As per Wikipedia, Radoslav Brdjanin was born in Čelinac, SR Bosnia Herzegovina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Brdjanin was a civil engineer by profession, he worked in the building trade up to the year 1990.

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At that time, it was difficult to maintain the unity of Yugoslavia, certain regions in Bosnia Herzegovina began to organize themselves into regional structures based on the concept of Municipality Assemblies such as existed under the 1974 Yugoslavian Constitution. The Municipal Assembly of Bosanska Krajina was based in Banja Luka and was created in April and May 1991 and Brdjanin was its first vice president.

Political Career of Great Leader, Radoslav Brdjanin

On 9 January 1992, the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was proclaimed and re-baptized as Republika Srpska on 12 August 1992. The leaders of SDS felt large Bosniak and Croatian population, living in zones they had claimed as part of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented their major obstacle to the establishment of their State and the establishment of this State and the protection of its boundaries, therefore, implied in time.

During the war, he was the political leader of the short-lived, self-proclaimed Autonomous Region of Krajina, which was established by rebel Serbs in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Because of the non-peaceful decision made by Brdjanin, he was arrested in 1999 in Bosnia and was sent to jail for 30 years by the Hague Tribunal in 2007 for crimes against non-Serbs in the area, including persecution and deportations.

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The UN Court said that in 2019, Brdjanin had already served two-thirds of his punishment and that there were “compelling humanitarian reasons” for his early release.

A previous application for early release was rejected in the year 2020 because of the seriousness of the offenses done by him and because the court said that he had “failed to demonstrate that he has been completely rehabilitated”.

When did Serb War criminals released from jail?

 After Brdjanin’s application was rejected in 2020, he was released early on health grounds on 3 September 2022.

After few days after his arrival in Banja Luka, Brdjanin was admitted to intensive care at University Clinical Centre in Banja Luka due to his deteriorating state of health and passed away on the 7th of September 2022.