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Bosnia authorities detain former policemen for war crimes

[JURIST] Bosnian police arrested three former policemen, including previously-convicted Darko Mrdja, on new charges of war crimes against non-Serb detainees during the Bosnian War. The three suspects have been accused [AP report] of killing at least 10 non-Serbs as part of a massacre of over 150 detainees scheduled for transfer to nearby detention camps in 1992. Mrdja was already convicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] in 2004, and he was released from his 17-year sentence in 2013. Mrdja still remains a suspect [Reuters report] for the additional murder of three Bosnian Muslims in Sredice.

The ICTY 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. Bosnian authorities will investigate [JURIST report] the possible war crimes committed by Zdenko Jekisa, a Bosnian man ordered last Friday by a US federal judge to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history. Serbian prosecutors charged [JURIST report] former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric in August with war crimes against prisoners of war in 1992 for crimes allegedly committed in the same village. He was accused of killing three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war. Oric has pleaded [JURIST report] not guilty. In April the prosecutor's office 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.

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