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Bosnian Court Delivers First War Crimes Verdict

1 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Bosnia-Herzegovina's state court delivered today its first verdict related to war crimes charges, sentencing a Bosnian Muslim of Iraqi origin to five years in prison.

The court sentenced Abduladhim Maktouf for his assistance to Islamic fighters in Bosnia during the country's 1992-95 war and committing war crimes against Bosnia's non-Muslim population.

Maktouf, arrested in June 2004, was accused of helping the so-called El Mujahid unit of the Muslim-dominated Bosnian Army to detain and torture four Croats and to execute a Serb civilian in 1993.

After detaining five non-Muslim civilians in the central Bosnian town of Travnik, members of El Mujahid unit tortured them and then decapitated the Serb prisoner.