Momcilo Krajisnik, a former Bosnian Serb leader convicted of war crimes by the Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia, died in a hospital in Bosnia and Herzegovina of complications from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, such as Radio Sarajevo and Radio Sarajevo reported the local newspaper ‘Nezavisne’.
Krajisnik, who was originally sentenced to 27 years in prison for war crimes but was later sentenced to 20 years in prison, died this Tuesday at dawn in Banja Luka at the University Hospital of the Republika Srpska – la Serbian Unity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“This morning at 6:00 am Momcilo Krajisnik died in the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the Republika Srpska from the consequences of the infection by the new coronavirus,” said the Krajisnik Medical Center, which suffered from bilateral pneumonia and had been admitted since the end of August Hospital.
Krajisnik was the Bosnian Serb representative in the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996 to 1998 and President of the Assembly of the Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War (1992-1995). He is considered one of the closest allies of the former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide and war crimes.