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Bosnian Serb jailed for 13 years over Srebrenica

Published on : 16 May 2011 - 9:43am | By International Justice Desk (RNW)
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 Bosnia's war crimes court sentenced a former Bosnian Serb police officer on Friday to 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to taking part in the 1995 killing of 10 Muslim men from the town of Srebrenica.

Dragan Crnogorac struck a plea bargain after being indicted for genocide related to the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Bosnian Serb forces killed thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1995 after capturing the former United Nations-protected zone.

Crnogorac, a member of the Jahorina police training centre which operated under the Bosnian Serb Republic interior ministry, took part in the capture of Muslim men in the village of Sendici who had tried to escape Srebrenica, the court said.

He and other Bosnian Serb policemen removed ten detainees from a house. Six of the detainees were wounded, including two in stretchers. Four detainees helped carry the wounded.

"When they took them out of a house and laid them by a road, the defendant, along with other seven members of his unit, shot all ten men dead with automatic rifles," the court said.

Crnogorac was drafted into the Bosnian Serb army from Serbia against his will and was ordered by superiors to conduct the killings, the court said.

"The defendant expressed regret," said Minka Kreho, the chairwoman of the judicial council. "The council appreciated that he has agreed to act as a witness for crimes around Srebrenica, and thus contribute to a more efficient prosecution of the gravest crimes."

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has sentenced 14 Bosnian Serbs for crimes related to the Srebrenica massacre.

Bosnia's own war crimes court, set up in Sarajevo in 2005 to relieve the workload of the ICTY, has put dozens of Bosnians, most of them Serbs, on trial for the Srebrenica killings.

Twelve have been jailed, seven acquitted and 10 are still being tried.

Source: Reuters

 

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