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Bosnian immigrant convicted for concealing Srebrenica role

[JURIST] Bosnian immigrant Marko Boskic was convicted Wednesday when a US federal jury found that he had failed to reveal his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] while trying to enter the US as a refugee. 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. He pleaded not guilty [JURIST report], claiming he had been held in a Serbian prison camp and threatened with a gun to his head if he did not take part in the killings.

Boskic was acquitted at trial [JURIST report] on three other charges, including lying on US immigration applications when asked if he had ever persecuted or killed anyone for racial, ethnic or political reasons. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and may be deported to Bosnia-Herzegovina [JURIST news archive], where he could be tried for war crimes [JURIST report]. AP has more. The Boston Globe has local coverage.

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