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Sarajevo court sentences Bosnian Muslim for 1993 war crimes against Serbs

[JURIST] Sarajevo's Canton Court sentenced former Bosnian Army soldier Samir Bejtic to 14 1/2 years in prison Thursday for killing Bosnian Serbs [Balkan Peace report] in 1993 during the 1992-95 Bosnian war [timeline]. A member of the Sarajevo-based Tenth Mountain Brigade of the Bosnian army led by Bosnian Muslim Musan Topalovic [Wikipedia profile], Bejtic was convicted of participating in the murder of eight Bosnian Serbs in the village of Kazani.

Fourteen other members of the brigade led by Topalovic, who died in a government sweep in 1993, have been sentenced for crimes committed in the Kazani area, outside of Sarajevo. Bejtic escaped to Germany at the time of the other trials, and Germany later extradited him to Bosnia. His trial began in 2003 [IWPR report]. AP has more. UPI has additional coverage.

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