The Montenegrin Minister of Justice is fired after the statement on the Srebrenica genocide
Montenegro's Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Minorities has been fired for denying the Srebrenica genocide. The decision was made yesterday as parliament passed a resolution banning genocide denial. The minister made several statements denying the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.43 deputies voted in favor of his dismissal while 27 voted against.
Vladimir Leposavic's statement was made on March 26 when he said he was ready to admit that there was genocide in Srebrenica when it was confirmed without further doubt, his stance provoked criticism inside and outside Montenegro, even from EU and US.
The proposal for his dismissal was initially made by Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic and supported by President Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists.
Meanwhile, the resolution banning the denial of the Srebrenica genocide was voted by 55 deputies, 19 were against and 7 abstained. July 11th was designated as Srebrenica Victims Remembrance Day.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled in 2007 that the killings in Srebrenica were genocide, one of the worst in Europe since World War II.
In 1995, Serb forces in Bosnia killed and tortured some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.