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Serbia Sentences 11 Ethnic Albanians For War Crimes

The Serbian war crimes court has sentenced 11 ethnic Albanians from five to 15 years in prison for atrocities during and after the conflict in Kosovo.

They were found guilty on September 19 of torturing to death at least 80 people, 32 of whom are still missing, mostly Serbs and other non-Albanians.

The group also illegally detained and tortured at least 153 people who survived.

The crimes were committed in 1999 in the southeastern region of Gnjilane.

Two of the convicted men who remain at large were sentenced in absentia.

Six defendants were acquitted.

The group was initially found guilty and sentenced in 2011, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

Prosecutors said all those indicted entered Kosovo from Serbia and Macedonia to join the Kosovo Liberation Army's 138th Brigade, dubbed the Gnjilane Group.

Based on reporting by dpa and

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