Former Yugoslav general denies Srebrenica massacre in Milosevic trial testimony

[JURIST] A former Yugoslav army general testifying Monday on behalf of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] denied that the former leader and Bosnian Serb forces were responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and suggested it did not even take place. Bozidar Delic, army commander during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, rejected reports that estimate nearly 8000 Muslims were killed [AP report]. During questioning by ICTY prosecutor Geoffrey Nice on what is considered the 10th anniversary of the killings [JURIST report], Delic declared that "two to three thousand Serbs were killed in the Srebrenica area and several thousand Muslims, but most of them were killed in fighting". The prosecution said it was not trying a publicity stunt but was rather attempting to establish the credibility of the witness. Many Serbs have traditionally denied allegations of a Srebrenica massacre, but video recently played in the Milosevic trial [JURIST report] itself seems to have swung political and public opinion [JURIST report]. Milosevic's trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is expected to end early next year. Reuters has more.

 

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