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Jailed Plavsic writes Bosnia book
Biljana Plavsic
Plavsic has planned two other books on her public life
Former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plavsic, jailed for war crimes, has written a book describing the events that led up to the Bosnian war.

In the book, I Testify, Plavsic calls on fugitives Radovan Karadzic and top military chief Ratko Mladic to surrender to the UN court in The Hague.

The book was written in a Swedish prison where she is serving an 11-year sentence for crimes against humanity.

It is the first account of the conflict by a senior Bosnian-Serb leader.

Plavsic, a hardline nationalist known as Bosnia's "Iron Lady", calls her former boss Karadzic a "coward".
There was always money for Karadzic's pockets...sometimes I wondered if he was at all aware of what was going on, that people were dying
Biljana Plavsic

"Nothing surprises me...he is a man who was never willing to make sacrifices," she writes. "A man who is actually a coward."

She says Karadzic "above everything liked money, but the kind earned without the sweat".

"There was always money for Karadzic's pockets...sometimes I wondered if he was at all aware of what was going on, that people were dying," she says.

'Sacrifice'

The 73-year-old, the highest ranking official of the conflict to be prosecuted, voiced surprise that Mladic, whom she describes as a "great man", had not surrendered.

"He should defend the Serb people and his soldiers before The Hague tribunal even at the cost of sacrificing himself," she writes.

Karadzic and Mladic, both indicted for war crimes and genocide during the 1992-1995 war which killed 250,000 people, are believed to be hiding in Serb-controlled parts of Bosnia and Serbia-Montenegro.

Plavsic, who replaced Karadzic as the president of the Bosnian Serb enclave in 1996, surrendered to the UN tribunal in 2001.

She was jailed in 2003 after pleading guilty to war crimes including promoting a policy of ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs.

She is serving her sentence at the high-security Hinseberg prison, west of Stockholm.

The book, the first of a three-volume memoir, was launched in the Bosnian-Serb administrative centre of Banja Luka, on Tuesday.


SEE ALSO:
Bosnia's 'Iron Lady' jailed
28 Feb 03 |  Europe
Bosnia: The legacy of war
15 Nov 00 |  Europe
Country profile: Bosnia-Herzegovina
15 Jan 03 |  Country profiles


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