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UN: Bosnian Prison Camp Guards Tried For Murder Of Hundreds

The Hague, 16 July 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A prosecutor trying the case of five Serbs charged with running a prison camp during the Bosnian war has demanded the harshest sentences possible. Prosecutor Susan Somers wrapped up the case today at The Hague war crimes tribunal against Miroslav Kvocka, Milojica Kos, Mlado Radic, Dragoljub Prcac, and Zoran Zigic.

The men were tried for the murders of hundreds of Muslim and Croat prisoners who were killed at the Omarska camp in northwestern Bosnia as part of an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

Somers compared the Omarska camp to Nazi death camps of World War II. Television footage of the camp during the 1992-1995 war prompted the international community to intervene.

Somers asked that the men be sentenced to terms ranging from 25 years to life.