Plenkovic: Serbian contentious law has hybrid jurisdiction

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that the law which Serbia implements to prosecute and arrest Croatian war veterans is not about universal jurisdiction but that it represents "a hybrid regional jurisdiction unknown in comparative international law".

"The future HDZ-led government with me at its helm will take a firm and principled stance. Two years ago, I, as a member of the European Parliament, launched an initiative to make Serbia change the controversial law and be transparent in the communication of indictments that, unbelievably, stemmed from the era of the military prosecutorial authorities of the former Yugoslav People's Party (JNA). This is unacceptable for Croatia, a European Union member," Plenkovic said in Rijeka.

According to Plenkovic, Croatia will stick to its position as a member of the EU and NATO.

"If it wants to continue on this journey (towards the EU), Serbia must show respect to Croatia and avoid provocations and cease raising tensions in the mutual relations," he said.

The HDZ government will not allow Serbia to have a law enabling its law enforcement authorities to prosecute Croatian citizens for alleged crimes committed on Croatia's territory, Plenkovic said in the explanation of the controversial Serbian law under which Serbia has made several arrests of Croatian war veterans at border crossings.

The HDZ chief called on Serbia to lower tensions and reminded Belgrade that being an EU and NATO member, Croatia "has stronger and better international position".

Last update: Sun, 21/08/2016 - 19:09

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