Bosnia police arrest Srebrenica massacre suspects

[JURIST] Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] police on Thursday arrested two former Bosnian Serb soldiers accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic were detained [WP report] near the eastern town of Zvornik, according to the country's prosecution office [official website]. The Special Department for War Crimes, which is responsible for prosecution of war crime cases committed in the territory of BiH during the armed conflict from 1992 until 1995, ordered the arrest of the two former soldiers who allegedly participated in killing 1,000 Muslim men and boys. More than 8,000 were killed during the massacre.

BiH has been continuously prosecuting, convicting and sentencing those responsible for the killing during the massacre and even those who left the country are being brought back to face charges. Last week, the country's war crimes court [official website] sentenced [text, PDF; JURIST report] four former Bosnian Serb soldiers [case materials, in Croatian] for their involvement in the 1995 massacre. Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijan and Zoran Goronja were found guilty of crimes against humanity, and the court sentenced Kos and Goronja to 40 years each, Kojic to 43 years and Golijan, because he was under 21 at that time, to 19 years in prison. In May, US resident Dejan Radojkovic was deported [JURIST report] to BiH to stand trial before the country's court for his actions as a police commander in Srebrenica during the 1995 massacre. He was arrested in 2009 after it was revealed that he did not disclose his involvement in the conflict and his appeal was rejected in February. He was the second to be deported after his commanding officer, Nedjo Ikonic, was deported in 2010 [JURIST report]. A day earlier, the war crimes court convicted [JURIST report] Dusko Jevic and Mendeljev Djuric for taking part in the killing of 1,000 Muslim men during the massacre after it found that the two former Bosnian Serb police officers were guilty of aiding and abetting genocide. They had been indicted on genocide charges in January 2010 after being arrested [JURIST reports] in October 2009. In January the court also upheld the conviction [JURIST reports] and 31-year sentence of Radomir Vukovic for his part in the 1995 massacre.

 

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