The international Biser Organization, which supports Bosnian women who were victims of the Balkan war 1992-1995, celebrates the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian-Serb leader. One branch of the organization is based in Iceland.
In 2000, the organization filed a lawsuit for compensatory damages against Karadzic in the US and won the case, receiving USD 150 million (EUR 95 million) in compensation, Morgunbladid reports.
“By suing the man it was being ensured that if he would be arrested […] his money would not go to his relatives and family but to the victims,” said Vilborg Audur Ísleifsdóttir, cashier of the Bisar Organization in Germany and a member of the board of the Iceland branch.
Ísleifsdóttir said the situation of Karadzic’s finances is uncertain and she expects that his supports have tried to launder his money. But if they are found they will go towards his victims and used to strengthen the education of women in Bosnia.
The Biser Organization was founded in Wiesbaden in Germany in 1995 and organizes, among other things, practical courses for women and provides them with psychological and medical relief and free legal assistance.