Bosnia begins demolition of Orthodox church in Orlovic family’s backyard built during war without permission – Latest News
Photo: Screenshot / Rusmir Karkin / Facebook
June 05, 2021 – 10:17
The demolition of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Konjeviiq Pole, a village in the municipality of Bratunac in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was built on the property of Fata Orlovi., Started on Saturday morning.
Fata Orlovi ka has been seeking the removal of the church from her yard for 20 years, for which the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled, but the implementation of the decision was never realized, reports “AlJazeera”.
But the demolition of the church started early on Saturday morning, which was confirmed by Rusmir Karkin, Fata Orlovi av’s lawyer, who told the Sarajevo portal, Klix.ba, that he expects the church to be completely removed by Sunday. transmits Zeri.info.
Karkin also posted a video on his Facebook page showing heavy machinery near the church.
The orthodox church owned by Fata Orlovic was built during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the municipal government decided to take the property from the Orlovic family, who were refugees at the time.
After the end of the war, the property was returned to him, but the church remained.
In 2000, Fata Orlovi,, who lost her husband and a large number of family members during the war, started a legal battle, which reached as far as Strasbourg.
The European Court of Human Rights took the decision to remove the church on October 1, 2019, while the deadline for its removal was April 1 this year.
The Court found that the authorities’ failure to comply with the final and binding decisions of 1999 and 2001 establishing the right of repossession of the property in question in the possession of the applicant, for which the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a unit of Republika Srpska, did not provide any excuse, resulting in a serious violation of their right to property, writes the Turkish state news agency “Anadolu”.
Petko Rankic, head of the Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning in the municipality of Bratunac, says the church will be demolished, and from the same material and in the same form it will be rebuilt, at a new entrance site. / Voice