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ICTY convicts former Bosnian commander on Srebrenica charges

[JURIST] The International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday convicted [judgment summary] Naser Oric [ICTY case backgrounder; Wikipedia profile], a former senior commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica, for failing to prevent the murder and inhumane treatment of Serb prisoners. Oric, sentenced to two years in prison [press release], will be released immediately for time already served. Oric's indictment [text] alleged that military police under his command beat Serb detainees with metal bars, baseball bats and rifle butts and extracted teeth with pliers. Oric was charged with failing to prevent abuses by military police under his command, and was also charged with responsibility for destruction of Serb villages around Srebrenica [JURIST news archive].

The ICTY convicted Oric because he had reason to know about the acts committed by the military police under his command, and failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the inhumane acts. BBC News has more.

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