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UN: Former Bosnian Serb General Guilty Of Genocide

The Hague, 2 August 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A former Bosnian Serb general was today found guilty of genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal and sentenced to 46 years in prison. Radislav Krstic was convicted for his role in the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica. More than 7,000 men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces overrun the town. This was the worst atrocity since World War II.

The court said that though Krstic might have received orders from others -- particularly from former Bosnian Serb military commander General Ratko Mladic -- he bore responsibility for carrying out mass executions of men and deportations of women and children.

Judge told Krstic that he was "guilty of the murder of thousands of Bosnian Muslims." The court said these actions constituted genocide.