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Trial begins for Bosnian immigrant accused of lying about Srebrenica role

[JURIST] A Bosnian immigrant to the United States accused of concealing his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to gain entry went on trial Tuesday in Boston, where survivors described their ordeals in court. Marko Boskic was charged in August 2004 [JURIST report] with five counts of making false declarations on US immigration applications and in an interview with federal agents, and he has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report]. Defense attorney Max Stern said Tuesday that Boskic had participated in the massacre only after an officer threatened to shoot him if he did not. Earlier this month, US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock [official profile] issued an order [text, PDF] denying Boskic's motions to suppress statements he made to federal agents, as well as evidence seized from his home, and to dismiss one count of the indictment.

If convicted on all counts, Boskic faces a maximum sentence of more than 40 years in prison. He would also be deported to Bosnia-Herzegovina [JURIST news archive], where he may be tried for war crimes [JURIST report]. AP has more. The Boston Globe has local coverage.

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