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Bosnian Muslim Widow Sentenced For Interrupting Church Service

A Bosnian Muslim woman expelled from her home by Serbian forces in 1992 was sentenced to a month probation for interrupting a church service.

Fata Orlovic, a war widow from the eastern Bosnian town of Konjevic Polje, returned to her property in 2000 only to discover that an Orthodox church had been built in the front yard of her home.

Orlovic has battled Serb Republic officials to have the church removed.

Orlovic, whose husband was killed by Serbian forces, told RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service that "I respect churches as much as mosques, but I do not respect people building anything on my land."

Orlovic's sentencing is the result of her arguing with priests while they were conducting a church service.

-- South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service

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