Plavsic Seeks Pardon from Sweden

According to the Justice Ministry, former Bosnian Serb president and convicted war criminal Biljana Plavsic, has sought a pardon from Swedish authorities. Plavsic is currently serving an 11-year sentence in Sweden.

The procedure is expected to take about two months, and according to a justice ministry legal advisor Sweden would respect the opinion of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague that sentenced Plavsic in February 2003.

The legal advisor added that ”If the tribunal does not want her released then she will not be released.”

In a letter to the justice ministry, a copy of which was obtained by the news agency AFP, 76 year-old Plavsic said her advanced age, failing health and poor prison conditions meant her sentence was ”much, much  longer” than her 11-year penalty.

Her letter was dated November 27, but the Swedish translation only arrived at the ministry on January 15.

She is the highest ranking official of the former Yugoslavia to have acknowledged responsibility for the atrocities committed in the Balkan wars.

Sweden agreed to house Plavsic in one of its prisons in response to a request from the tribunal.

She was transferred to Sweden in June 2003 and is an inmate at the Hinseberg women’s prison.