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Bildt Accused of Bias in Plavsic Decision

Published fredag 23 oktober 2009 kl 12.37
Biljana Plavsic

There is a new twist to the story of the release of convicted war criminal, Bosnian Serb Biljana Plavsic from Swedish prison. When the Swedish government decided on the release, in accordance with the Swedish practice to release prisoners on parole after they have served two-thirds of their term, one of those taking the decision could have been partial.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who worked as a UN High Representative in Bosnia in the 90-ies, was one of Plavsic's character witnesses at her trial in The Hague.

Now, the Social Democrat's Justice Spokes Person has asked the Swedish Constitution Committee to review whether Bildt should have been part of the decision or not.
Bildt earlier told the News Agency TT that he himself considered whether he could be deemed as biased, but came to the conclusion that it was a decision regarding carrying out a decision made by the International War Crimes Tribunal, and therefore. Bildt concluded, the question of bias was not relevant.

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