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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bosnian Serbs sentenced to 31 years for Srebrenica massacre
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On April 22, 2010, the Bosnia and Herzegovina war crimes court convicted Radomir Vukovic and Zoran Tomic for their alleged roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war. The accused were found guilty of genocide under Article 171 of the BiH criminal code [PDF] and were each sentenced to 31 years imprisonment. The court found that, as members of the 2nd Sekovici Special Police Detachment, Vukovic and Tomic participated in capturing Bosniak men from the UN safe area and securing a road to allow the transfer of Bosniak women, children and elderly. The court also held that the accused knowingly aided in the execution of 1,000 Bosniaks by Serb police. Vukovic participated by throwing hand grenades, and Tomic fired an automatic rifle at the captured men. In January 2012, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina upheld the conviction of Vukovic, but overturned Tomic's conviction for lack of evidence.

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Learn more about the Srebrenica massacre and the Bosnian civil war from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary about the Vukovic decision from JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Shackelford in JURIST Hotline.

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