A former member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Presidium from the Serbian people, the first speaker of the Republika Srpska Parliament (an entity within BiH), Momčilo Krajšnik died in Banja Luka at the age of 76.
Krajšnik was treated at the University Clinical Center of MS after being infected with the coronavirus. The death of the politician caused bilateral pneumonia, according to reports of local news agencies.
Kraisnik became the first Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency after the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995, which ended the 1992-1995 civil war in BiH.
In 2000, French Special Forces arrested a politician in his own house in Pale, the former capital of Republika Srpska. He was then extradited to The Hague Tribunal, where charges were brought against him, ranging from war crimes to ethnic cleansing and genocide, even though Momchilo Krajšnik had never held any posts that made such crimes possible.
The Hague Tribunal sentenced Momchilo Krajšnik to 20 years in prison for “crimes committed during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” but he was released in 2013 after serving 2/3 of his prison sentence.
Among the Serbs, Momchilo Krajšnik was known as a strong and charismatic politician and a true patriot. While in The Hague prison, he did not make a deal with the investigation, as some other top-level prisoners were required to plead guilty and at the same time confirm the charges against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in exchange for a reduction in his own sentence.
Upon his return from The Hague, Momčilo Krajšnik was honored as a national hero and one of the founders of Republika Srpska.