The prestigious concert hall in the Croatian capital was jam-packed on the 11th of November – more than 2 000 people had to pay tribute to general Slobodan Praljak, who committed suicide on November 29, in full hearing of the international criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to the statement of his conviction for war crimes committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
“An affront to international justice”
Organized by the Association of Croatian generals, the remembrance brought together veterans as well as several senior military officers, politicians and ministers in Croatian (including Defence, Damir Krsticevic, and Veterans, Tomo Medved). The employees of the general suicide have praised as a great patriot and martyr Croatian by attacking the ICTY. Thus, Miroslav Tudjman, the son of Franjo Tudjman, the first president of the independent Croatia from 1992 to 1999, called the ICTY “an affront to international justice”, and “the theater of the absurd”.
However, the Croatian press notes a few absences outstanding. In particular, those of three Croatian generals-Ante Gotovina, Malden Markac and Ivan Cermak, judged as a war crime by the ICTY, but acquitted on appeal. “They were friends with Praljak during their detention in The Hague, why don’t they come?” , is questioned, disappointed, the head of the Associations of Croatian generals, Pavao Miljevac, quoted by Jutarnji List.
For its part, the news site Telegram note the absence of the president of croatia, Kolinda would grabar-Kitarovic, and the Prime minister, Andrej Plenkovic. According to the journal of Zagreb, “they have shown good sense in deciding not to come.” The Prime minister, who had initially found the verdict of Praljak “morally wrong,” retracted under pressure from Brussels to assert recently that Croatia recognized the international justice.
Telegram believes that the commemoration does not reflect the general climate in the Croatian society.
It is expected several thousands of people in front of the room where stood the commemoration, there has been only a few hundred. The majority of the citizens of Zagreb does not want to have anything to do with the adventure bosnian Tudjman”.