Bosnia jails two Serbs for 31 years over Srebrenica massacre

Bosnia's war crimes court jailed two Serb ex-policemen for 31 years each on a charge of aiding in genocide and taking part in the killing of more than 7,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.

Bosnia jails two Serbs for 31 years over Srebrenica massacre

Bosnia's war crimes court on Thursday jailed two Serb ex-policemen for 31 years each on a charge of aiding in genocide and taking part in the killing of more than 7,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.

Bosnian Serb troops executed around 8,000 Muslim men and boys after occupying Srebrenica, a United Nations-protected enclave in eastern Bosnia, in what is widely seen as Europe's worst atrocity since the World War Two.

"Radomir Vukovic, 36, and Zoran Tomic, 38, were members of the 2nd Sekovici Special Police Detachment which intended to partly exterminate a group of Muslims and help remove forcibly 40,000 civilians from the eastern enclave," Judge Senadin Bektasevic said.

Bektasevic said the two participated in the capture and execution of at least 1,000 Muslim men who tried to escape Srebrenica through the woods and were detained in a warehouse in the nearby village of Kravice.

The U.N. war crimes tribunal has sentenced nine Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the massacre and put another seven on trial. The Bosnian war crimes court has sentenced 12 and acquitted seven. The trials of eight suspects are under way.

Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic and his political chief Radovan Karadzic were both indicted for genocide over Srebrenica. Karadzic's trial at The Hague tribunal is under the way while Mladic is still at large, believed to be hiding in Serbia.


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