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Serbia prosecutes former Bosnia general for war crimes

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors on Thursday charged former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric [JURIST news archive] with war crimes against prisoners of war in 1992. Oric is accused of involvment in the killing of three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in the villages of Zalazje, Kunjerac and Lolici. It is reported [Balkan Transitional Justice report] that Oric was arrested at the border between Switzerland and France on Wednesday. The charges brought against Oric come after he was acquitted in 2008 [JURIST report] of war crimes involving Serbians. The Serbian Justice Ministry [official website] plans to have Oric extradited to the country soon soon to allow him to sit for trial for the war crime charges.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] and the Balkan States continue to prosecute those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that left more than 100,000 people dead and millions displaced during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. In April the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina indicted [JURIST report] 10 former Bosnian-Serb soldiers for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. Also in April Bosnian prosecutors indicted three men [JURIST report] for crimes committed against more than 300 Serb civilians between April 1992 and July 1993. In February the International Court of Justice ruled [JURIST report] that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another's citizens during the 1990s war.

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