Bosnia arrests Serb suspect over Srebrenica genocide

Bosnian police have arrested a Bosnian Serb former police officer suspected of genocide in the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslims.

Bosnia arrests Serb suspect over Srebrenica genocide


Bosnian police have arrested a Bosnian Serb former police officer suspected of genocide in the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslims in the eastern town of Srebrenica, the state prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

Bozidar Kuvelja, 39, was arrested by the State Protection and Investigation Agency (SIPA) in the southeastern town of Cajnice late on Monday, the office said in a statement.

"Kuvelja is under investigation by the prosecutor's office and is suspected to have committed the criminal offence of genocide," it said.

The office said that as an officer of the special police brigade of the Jahorina Training Centre within the Bosnian Serb interior ministry Kuvelja is alleged to have participated in shooting Bosnian Muslim men held after the fall of Srebrenica.

"He is suspected of having participated personally and directly in the shooting of dozens of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) prisoners," it said.

In Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two, Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in July 1995 in the eastern town of Srebrenica, which was declared a United Nations-protected zone.

Victims were shot while trying to escape through woods or were seized and taken to places of execution before being buried in mass graves.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague has sentenced 14 Bosnian Serbs for crimes related to the Srebrenica massacre.

The Srebrenica massacre is among the indictments against Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, whose trial is in progress in The Hague, and against his fugitive army chief Ratko Mladic, believed by prosecutors to be hiding in Serbia.

Agencies

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