Bosnia court drops genocide charges of Serb, jailed for 30 years

Some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in the Srebrenica massacre.

Bosnia court drops genocide charges of Serb, jailed for 30 years

Bosnia's war crimes court jailed a former Serb officer on Friday for 30 years for killing dozens and taking part in the persecution and detention of thousands during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslims.

However, the court dropped Trbic's genocide charges "due to lack of evidence", the head of the judicial council Davorin Jukic said.

Former army captain Milorad Trbic, 51 was found guilty of taking part in the persecution of Bosnian Muslims from the Srebrenica enclave and for summary executions, burial and coverage of traces of crime, he added.

Some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in the Srebrenica massacre after Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern enclave in July 1995 in what is regarded as Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two.

Relatives of the victims expressed anger over the court's decision to drop the genocide charges. "The sentence was a reward for him. The court might as well have set him free," Hatidza Mehmedovic told Reuters. She lost her husband and two sons in the massacre.

Trbic was first indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague (ICTY) of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of laws or customs of war but was transferred to Bosnia for trial in June 2007.

The Bosnian war crimes court opened in 1995 to help alleviate the burden from the ICTY, which plans to wind down by end of 2010, taking over low- or mid-ranking cases.



Reuters

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