SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Bosnia's war crimes court has sentenced a former Serb police officer for 20 years for his role in murdering Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.
Bozidar Kuvelja "participated in the expulsion of the Srebrenica population, detention of men and execution of detainees," presiding Judge Jasmina Kosovic said, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Friday, January 11.
"He is found guilty for crimes against humanity and the court sentences him to 20 years imprisonment," she added.
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Kuvelja at the time was a member of a Bosnian Serb interior ministry's training centre.
The judge said that the 41-year-old defendant, who had pleaded not guilty, "on July 14, 1995, took part in the execution of several dozen men detained at a farm in Kravica," a village near Srebrenica.
At the same time the court acquitted Kuvelja of genocide charges, saying the prosecutor had failed to prove that he consciously intended to exterminate an ethnic group.
Kuvelja had fled to Serbia during the 1990s war in Bosnia and joined his unit shortly before the Srebrenica massacre, the judge said.
In May two top officials of the Bosnian Serb training centre were given 30- and 35-year jail sentences after being found guilty of genocide against Srebrenica Muslim men and boys.
Srebrenica was a UN-protected Muslim enclave until July 11, 1995, when it was overrun by Serb forces.
More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered and buried in mass graves.
The Srebrenica massacre has been termed genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal.
The former Serbian general Ratko Mladic is on trial in The Hague accused of genocide in Srebrenica.
Mladic's mentor, Milosevic, the architect of the Balkan wars, died in detention in 2006, a few months before a verdict in his trial for genocide and other war crimes in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
The Bosnian Serbs' wartime political leader, Radovan Karadzic, is also on trial in The Hague accused of genocide.-www.shfaqna.com/English
Source: On Islam