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Prosecution To Appeal Sentence Of Bosnian Muslim

UN chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte (file photo) (AFP) July 31, 2006 -- The prosecution of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague says it will formally appeal a two-year sentence handed down to a former Bosnian-Muslim commander at the Srebrenica enclave in the Bosnian war of 1992-95.

Naser Oric was sentenced on June 30.

The prosecution had originally called for an 18-year sentence for Oric, who was charged with failing to prevent the murder and cruel treatment of ethnic Serb prisoners.

On July 30, a spokesman for chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said her office was disappointed with the sentence.

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and the Serbian media have denounced the sentence as a mockery of justice and proof that the Hague tribunal is biased against Serbia.

(compiled from agency reports)

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