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Bosnian Serb ex-police officers plead not guilty in Bosnia war crimes court

[JURIST] Two former Bosnian Serb police officers pleaded not guilty [press release; case summary] Friday to war crime charges before the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website]. Krsto Savic is accused of involvement in the arrest and killing of 80 Muslims in Kalinovik during the Bosnian war [JURIST news archive], while Milko Mucibabic is accused of involvement in the torture of Muslims and Croats in Nevesinje. Reuters has more.

Last month, the War Crimes Chamber convicted two former prison officials [JURIST report] for the systematic abuse of detainees at the Foca Correctional Facility during the Bosnian war. The War Crimes Chamber was set up to alleviate the caseload of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website], and will continue to hear cases as the ICTY winds down in 2010.

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