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Former Bosnian Serb PM cleared of war crimes charges

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] on Tuesday acquitted former Bosnian Serb prime minister Gojko Klickovic [case materials; JURIST report] of war crimes charges. Klickovic and another Bosnian Serb official, Mladen Drljaca, were on trial for a second time accused of ordering attack in which civilians were killed and unlawfully imprisoning other civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War [BBC backgrounder]. Judge Dragomir Vukoje found [Balkan Insight report] that the prosecution had failed to prove a sufficient connection between the defendants and the events in question. The defendants were originally acquitted in November 2010, but the appeals chamber ordered a new trial in May 2012. Tuesday's verdict cannot be appealed.

The BiH war crimes court, established in 2002, has continued to prosecute those accused of atrocities during the Balkans conflict of the early 1990s. In January the court sentenced [JURIST report] a former Bosnian Serb police officer to 20 years in prison for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Bozidar Kuvelja was found to have been actively involved in a 1995 military search for Bosnian Muslims in the village of Potocari during the Bosnian War. In December the BiH war crimes court acquitted two Serbian defendants [JURIST report] of involvement in the massacre. Last June the court sentenced [JURIST report] four former Bosnian Serb soldiers for their involvement in the massacre.

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