The Department of History of the Andric Institute in Andrićgrad will, from tomorrow in Republic of Srpska and the Federation of BiH, start with the signing of petition for revision of the judgment of four members of “Young Bosnia”, among whom was Gavrilo Princip.
The Director of the Andrić Institute, Emir Kusturica, said to reporters today in Andrićgrad that the verdict was not legal and that, after sending this petition to the Court of BiH in Sarajevo, a petition for the revision of the judicial process to members of “Young Bosnia” would be delivered.
“It is logical that revision, which will surely in such socio-political relations be a long and arduous process, will be held at the place where the executors were processed – in Sarajevo,” said Kusturica.
He pointed out that the judgment was not valid, because members of “Young Bosnia” committed assassination on the occupied territory, which was not legal sovereignty of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Kusturica asked, “What kind judgment and what kind if court, have never received a complaint to a judgment ?” which is, how he assessed, unprecedented in jurisprudence.
“A Lawyer Rudolf Cistlera, who was assigned to defended Princip and members of ‘Young Bosnia’, after the verdict, on the streets mob were waiting to lynch him, so he was carried out of the courthouse in an oil barrel,” Kusturica reminded.
At today’s press conference the second issue of “Historical Notebooks” published by the Department of History of the Andrić Institute was promoted. This issue contains a significant historical document regarding lawyer Rudolf Cistler found serious deficiencies and questionable legitimacy of the judicial judgment on members of “Young Bosnia”.
A member of The International Committee of the Andrić Institute to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the World War I, Miroslav Perišić, said that this significant document is a transcript of the defense, and neither historians nor lawyers have paid attention.
Perišić expressed regret that during the riots in Sarajevo two days ago a significant portion of the archival material had burned. He noted that this accident deeply distressed all workers in culture as well at the Balkans as in Europe.
“As I have been informed, these are the most valuable archives of the Austro-Hungarian period until World War II, including the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and The Drina Banovina,” said Perišić.
The secretary of The International Committee for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, Ivan Obradović, also mentioned that the accused members of “Young Bosnia” were prosecuted for the act of high treason, instead of a murder, because for the act of treason punishment was death sentence and for a murder punishment was imprisonment up to 20 years.
“The lawyer of the accused at closing arguments tried to prove that legal procedure of annexation of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy had never been carried out, and therefore the verdict was illegal. The indictment was not valid, and the whole process was politically charged,” said Obradović.
He stated that for rulers of that time, invaders of BiH, it was important that Princip was sentenced to death, so they have did it.