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War Crimes Court Hears Landmark Case: Bosnia Vs. Serbia


http://gdb.rferl.org/9dffaaf0-aa8b-4d19-8b73-a782ce5fcc78_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/9dffaaf0-aa8b-4d19-8b73-a782ce5fcc78_mw800_mh600.jpg A mass grave in Bosnia being excavated in 1996 (AFP) 27 February 2006 -- The International Court of Justice today begins landmark hearings in a genocide case brought by Bosnia against Serbia and Montenegro.


It's the first-ever genocide case brought by one state against another in the Hague-based court.


Bosnia accuses Serbia of committing genocide against Bosnia's non-Serb population during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. The war claimed up to 200,000 lives and left millions homeless.


Correspondents say Bosnia will have a difficult time proving Serbian guilt, since much of the documented violence was committed by Bosnian Serbs.


The case is expected to take two months before a panel of judges considers a verdict. That process could also take months.


(AFP)

Milosevic On Trial


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Of related interest:

RFE/RL Special: The Collapse Of Tito's Yugoslavia

RFE/RL Special: Yugoslavia's Democratic Revolution

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