Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik on Tuesday in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague as a defense witness in the trial against Ratko Mladic insisted that he did not know about plans for ethnic persecution and that the Bosnian Serb authorities' defense of legitimate rights.
Dodik on the second day of testimony in the war crimes trial against former Bosnian Serb Army Mladic commander said that Serbs in BiH at the beginning of the war used "legitimate rights" by establishing their own special republic, arguing that it was only reaction to the proceedings was withdrawn by the Bosniak or Croat side.
Prosecutor Alan Tieger disputed the allegations by presenting a series of statements by Radovan Karadzic in which he talked about how the Serbian side had planned in advance procedures that would keep all of BiH or its parts at all costs in close contact with Serbia.
"What you call the reaction was in fact the implementation of the pre-planned steps," said Prosecutor Tieger examining Dodik.
Recalling that Dodik had stated earlier that there were no plans to persecute Croats and Bosniaks from the territory under the Bosnian Serb control, Tieger again asked him whether he had testified of any plans for ethnic persecution and faced him with various statements, including those at the Bosnian Serb Assembly for example, they spoke of "a halved number of Muslims" in some regions or "pure Drina".
"I have never heard stories of ethnic cleansing or persecution," Dodik insisted that the army commanded by Mladic had the sole purpose of having
"The defense of the Muslim, and later of the Muslim-Croat aggression".
To questions about a series of documented statements on Bosnian Serb parliamentary sessions that have confirmed or advocated ethnic persecution, Dodik mostly replied that neither the people nor the people who talked to them remembered and Tiegera accused him of "harassing" because he mentioned numerous assembly sessions he can not remember.
"It is a war that has the same result on both sides, and that is, people have to leave their homes and move to other locations," Dodik said, adding that the atmosphere at the assemblies also varied depending on the field events.
Prosecutor Tieger reminded Dodik that he personally at one point accused the Bosnian Serb war-time war crimes for which Dodik replied that he did not even remember that it was probably a political account.
Tieger cited Dodik's statement from 12. January 2001. in which the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) accused of organizing and committing war crimes.
"It must be said that crimes were committed under the leadership of the SDS and must be punished. It can be expected that all leading SDS officials will come before the Hague Tribunal, "quoted Dodik's statement from the period that the media reported.
Dodik said on Tuesday in the ICTY courtroom that "there were people who participated in the crimes and they have to respond but how qualifications" all leading people can be treated as political ", that is, he did not directly accuse him of crimes and to make a ruling on it in court.
Prosecutor Tieger Dodik's questions partially removed him from the street, so he exchanged a few verbal charges with him, and he got a warning as well.
"I feel you wanted to manipulate me ... I was not at some sessions and you asked me that," Dodik contended with Tieger for which he "earned" the warning of Alphons Orie's chairman.
"We expect you to testify without charge and without aggression," Dodik told Justice Orie.
But Dodik's controversy with the prosecutor continued just as "contact with the defensive eye" and the judge warned him that all this would have an impact on the final judgment of the trial chamber on his testimony.
In an additional test, Dodik Mladic's defense lawyer Branislav Lukic insisted on allegations that the current RS president was not qualified to judge war criminals, and by Dodik, he was generally asked to confirm his thesis presented on Monday's testimony that Bosnian Serbs also saw the war only reacted to the actions of Croats and Bosniaks.