Women mourn victims of the ethnically fueled massacre at Potocari, near Srebrenica (file photo) (AFP)
20 December 2005 -- Five former Serbian policemen who are believed to have been featured in a video showing them executing Muslims from Srebrenica in 1995 go on trial today in Belgrade.
Prosecutors say the five men are former members of a Serbian police unit called the Scorpions.
The video sparked outrage
in the Balkans and around the world when it was broadcast by television stations in June.
The lead prosecutor at the war crimes trial of former Serbian and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague showed that court the video on 1 June. It depicts a group of bloodied Bosnian Muslims being driven in trucks to an area where they are shot by their captors amid a torrent of verbal abuse.
The trial set to begin today marks the first time that Serbia has tried people over the Srebrenica massacre, in which more than 7,000 Muslim men were killed.
(compiled from agency reports)