7 arrested in Bosnia over wartime killings of civilians

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Authorities in Bosnia have arrested seven Bosnian Serb former navy officers and troops suspected within the killing of 44 Bosniak civilians through the 1992-95 battle

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Authorities in Bosnia on Wednesday arrested seven Bosnian Serb former navy officers and troops suspected within the killing of 44 Bosniak civilians through the 1992-95 battle.

In all, 9 individuals are suspected of the September 1992 crime within the space of Sokolac, in southeastern Bosnia, Bosnia’s prosecutor’s workplace stated in a press release.

Bosnian Serbs separated males from girls within the Bosniak village of Novoseoci earlier than taking the boys away to a close-by waste dump the place they had been killed, the assertion stated.

The victims, aged 14-82, had been left on the dump website and coated in waste. Bosnian Serbs later blew up a neighborhood mosque in Novoseoci and threw its elements over the victims’ our bodies on the dump space.

All however one of many victims’ stays have been exhumed from the positioning, prosecutors stated. They’d a complete 178 wounds inflicted by firearms.

Greater than 100,000 folks died through the battle in Bosnia which erupted when the nation’s Serbs rebelled in opposition to independence from the previous Yugoslavia and moved to create their very own state.

The Serbs took management over two-thirds of Bosnia within the early days of the battle, expelling and killing non-Serbs — the Bosniaks, who’re principally Muslims, and Bosnia’s Croats.

The suspects detained Wednesday had been members of the so-called “disaster committee” that was fashioned when Bosnian Serbs took management of the world in 1992.

Additionally among the many suspects is Gen. Radislav Krstic, who’s serving a 35-year-old jail sentence. In 2004, he was convicted by the U.N. battle crimes tribunal for the previous Yugoslavia on fees of aiding genocide. Bosnia’s prosecutors stated he might be questioned in jail in Poland.

One other, unidentified suspect lives outdoors Bosnia and authorities will search his extradition, the prosecutor’s assertion stated.

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