Serbia calls for prosecution of Bosnian commander depicted in 'war crimes' video

[JURIST] The Serbian government has called for the prosecution [statement] of Bosnian military officer Atif Dudakovic after a Serbian television station broadcast a video Tuesday that allegedly shows Dudakovic ordering his troops to burn a Serb village in 1995. The Dudakovic video follows last week's broadcast of a video that allegedly shows the unprovoked murder of a Serb civilian. The amateur videos were shot during Operation Storm [Wikipedia backgrounder], when Bosnian and Croat soldiers recaptured parts of Croatia that had been claimed by Serbs. Dudakovic proclaimed his innocence to reporters on Tuesday, saying if war crimes were committed, they were not authorized by him.

Serbia's foreign minister on Tuesday called on the Serbian population to come forward with any video footage [AFP report] that may assist in the prosecution of war crimes by either Bosnian prosecutors or the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Historically, Serbs have been skeptical of the ICTY, as many Serbs feel that the ICTY has ignored allegations of atrocities committed against Serbs. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.

 

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