A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Serb court convicts 14 Serbs for Vukovar war crimes

[JURIST] A special high-security war crimes court sitting in Belgrade Monday convicted 14 former members of Serb militias for killing some 200 Croatian POWs and wounded at a pig farm near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder] in 1991 at the end of a three-month siege there. Sentences ranging from five to 20 years were handed down. Two accused were acquitted. Convictions were expected after one of the defendants confessed to the killings [JURIST report] in court last month. The Vukovar case, which opened in March 2004 [JURIST report] has been widely seen as a test of Serbia's domestic war crimes process. Three leaders of the massacre are currently being tried [JURIST report] in The Hague by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. BBC News has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.