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UN Court Jails Two Bosnian Serbs For Life Over Srebrenica


A survivor of Srebrenica atrocities in 1995 at the Potocari memorial cemetery, near Srebrenica, in March.

A survivor of Srebrenica atrocities in 1995 at the Potocari memorial cemetery, near Srebrenica, in March.

A UN court has sentenced two former Bosnian Serb army officers to life imprisonment for genocide for their role in the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.

Vujadin Popovic, 53, and Ljubisa Beara, 70, were jailed by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Four other officers and a police official were found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and given prison sentences ranging between five and 35 years.

The Srebrenica case at the ICTY involved nearly 450 witnesses and three years of hearings that ended last year.

The massacre at the UN-declared safe zone during the 1992-95 Bosnia war was the worst atrocity in Europe after World War II.

compiled from agency reports
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