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Bosnia court sentences ex-policeman to 12 years for crimes against humanity

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] sentenced a Bosnian Serb former reserve policeman to 12 years in prison for crimes against humanity [press release] committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. Nenad Tanaskovic [case materials] was convicted for taking part in an organized attack on Muslim villages, during which thousands of Muslims were killed or uprooted and Tanaskovic himself set two homes on fire. Tanaskovic was also found guilty of abetting the rape of Muslim women. Survivors and survivor advocacy groups decried the punishment as too lenient.

The Bosnian War Crimes Chamber was established [JURIST report] in March 2005 to ease the backlog of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is currently trying to complete all its work by 2010. Reuters has more.

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