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Reaction on Protest letter regarding outrageous MacKenzie and Bissett statements on the Bosnian war
Autor: Francis A. Boyle
Objavljeno: 26. Apr 2012. 17:04:37
Dear Bosnian Friends: While I was serving as The General Agent for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Powers before the International Court of Justice during the war and genocide, the RBIH Ambassador to the United Nations Muhamed Sacribey called and asked me to give my Opinion on the following matter: The RBIH government in Sarajevo had a dossier documenting that MacKenzie had raped Bosnian Women. Sacirbey wanted to know what he could do with the dossier. I told Sacirbey that since rape during war time was a war crime, I could file that Dossier against MacKenzie with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and demand that MacKenzie be prosecuted by them for war crimes. Eventually Sacirbey decided against my Opinion on the grounds that it would upset the Canadian Government and at that time RBIH truly needed the Canadian Government because Canada was voluntarily re-settling large numbers of Bosnian War/Genocide Refugees when the US government under Clinton was not. I want to make it very clear that I am not criticizing Ambassador Sacirbey. He was in an extremely difficult situation—between a rock and a hard place. He had to decide what was in the best interests of the most Bosnians. But that dossier against MacKenzie is still over there in Sarajevo. The ICTY is still in existence. The BIH Government should still file that dossier on MacKenzie with the ICTY and demand that the ICTY prosecute him for raping Bosnian Women, which is a war crime and perhaps, depending upon the circumstances, a crime against humanity.

Francis A. Boyle
Professor of International Law

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