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ICTY sentences former Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader to 15 years

[JURIST] A former Bosnian Serb soldier was sentenced to 15 years in prison [judgment text, PDF; summary] Wednesday on rape and torture charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Dragan Zelenovic [ICTY case backgrounder] was accused [indictment] of raping eight Bosnian Muslim women under circumstances amounting to torture between July and October of 1992 after Serbian forces took control of the the Foca municipality in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zelenovic also pleaded guilty to one rape charge that did not amount to torture, aiding and abetting one other rape, and being a co-perpetrator in two others.

Zelenovic pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to the crimes in January 2007. He was indicted in 1996, arrested in Russia in 2005, and extradited to The Hague [JURIST report] in 2006. BBC News has more.

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