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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Former Officer Faces War Crimes Charges

The Hague, 18 April 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A former Bosnian Serb officer accused of participating in the killing of thousands of Bosnian Muslims will appear today before the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Dragan Obrenovic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and violating the Geneva Convention rules of war. The charges relate to the killings in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia in 1995 during the Bosnian war. Obrenovic was seized in the Bosnian town of Zvornik on Sunday by NATO-led peacekeeping forces and flown to The Hague.

According to the indictment, Obrenovic was the acting commander of a Bosnian Serb brigade that participated in the July 1995 attack on Srebrenica, then under UN protection and guarded by a Dutch garrison. Serbian forces overran the town after a five-day bombardment and took thousands of civilian males prisoner. Many have been found in mass graves in the area around Srebrenica though the majority are still missing.