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War Crimes Court Hears Landmark Case: Bosnia Vs. Serbia

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.


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