Bosnian court jails ex-Croat soldier for Srebrenica massacre

A Bosnian court has sentenced a former Bosnian Croat soldier to 10 years in prison for his role in the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Bosnian court jails ex-Croat soldier for Srebrenica massacre

A Bosnian court has sentenced a former Bosnian Croat soldier to 10 years in prison for his role in the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Marko Boskic, 46, was found guilty of crimes against humanity after confessing to have taken part in killing hundreds Muslims captured after the fall of Srebrenica, the court said.

He is the second Bosnian Croat sentenced over Srebrenica, a town where the Bosnian Serb army killed 8,000 people in 1995 in Europe's worst massacre since World War Two.

In April, Boskic was extradited from the United States where he had moved earlier and worked as a construction worker.

In the United States, Boskic was convicted of immigration fraud after lying about his role in the Bosnian war.

Bosnia's war crimes court said Boskic, alongside other members of a Bosnian Serb army commando squad, took part in persecutions of Muslims on political, ethnic, cultural and religious grounds from July 10 to Nov. 1, 1995.

It said in a statement that on July 16, "Boskic and seven other squad members shot from automatic guns at several hundred blindfolded Muslim detainees who were brought on buses to the village of Pilica near the eastern town of Zvornik".

Only two survived the execution, the statement added.

The prosecutor said Boskic's help in providing information about other perpetrators of the crime was a "mitigating factor".

The U.N war crimes tribunal in The Hague has sentenced 14 Bosnian Serbs and is trying two others for the massacre.

Bosnia's war crimes court, set up in 2005, has put dozens of Bosnian Serbs on trial over Srebrenica, of whom 13 have been jailed, seven acquitted and six still being tried.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2010, 13:23

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