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Bosnia Frees Some Srebrenica Criminals

A Bosnian court has ordered the release of 10 men convicted for war crimes pending a retrial, saying the wrong criminal code was applied at the men's initial trial.

Six of those freed were convicted on genocide charges for their roles in killing some of the 8,000 Muslim men who died in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The other four were convicted of crimes against civilians during the Bosnia war. Their sentences ranged from 28 to 33 years.

The Strasbourg-based European Court for Human Rights ruled in July the some of the men were tried under a more stringent criminal code than the one in force when the crimes were committed.

Court spokeswoman Manuela Hodzic said the original verdicts still stand, and that only the appeals process will be repeated.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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